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America’s Most Wanted to return to Fox with host Elizabeth Vargas for a look at the worst criminals

America’s Most Wanted to return to Fox with new host Elizabeth Vargas for a look at the horrific deeds committed by the nation’s worst criminals

The original true crime series ran for a whopping 26 seasons between 1988 and 2013.

And now, America’s Most Wanted is getting a reboot, with a new season set to premiere this March on Fox, Deadline reports.

In place of longtime host John Walsh will be Emmy Award winning journalist Elizabeth Vargas.

Get ready: Fox’s America’s Most Wanted is getting a reboot, with a new season set to premiere this March

The original series garnered distinction not only for its dramatizations of real life crimes, but also for its efforts in leveraging television audiences to help pursue and convict the criminals depicted.  

The new reboot will do the same, but will take things one step further by utilizing today’s updated technology as well as ubiquitous social media.

‘It is about bringing people together, it is about unifying the country together in the pursuit of these criminals,’ Rob Wade, president of alternative entertainment & specials at Fox Entertainment said. 

New blood: In place of longtime host John Walsh will be Emmy Award winning journalist Elizabeth Vargas; seen here in April 2019

New blood: In place of longtime host John Walsh will be Emmy Award winning journalist Elizabeth Vargas; seen here in April 2019

‘That’s what is at the heart of the show, crowdsourcing by using social media and approved communication systems to track down some of the most brutal criminals,’ he later added.

The upgraded AMW will also feature augmented reality and 3-D life-size avatars in the reenactments of the crimes, as well as the depictions of the perpetrators.

And while Walsh is stepping down from hosting duties this time around, he gives the new project his blessing.

While Walsh is stepping down from hosting duties this time around: He gives the new project his blessing; seen here in 2010

While Walsh is stepping down from hosting duties this time around: He gives the new project his blessing; seen here in 2010

‘Capturing dangerous fugitives, bringing justice to victims and finding missing children is my lifetime’s work,’ Walsh told Deadline. 

‘I am so excited to hear America’s Most Wanted is coming back and I support its return. God bless.’

The cases to be featured on the revival will range from smaller to high profile, as well as cold cases from the original series that were never solved. 

In pursuit: The cases to be featured on the revival will range from smaller to high profile, as well as cold cases from the original series that were never solved

In pursuit: The cases to be featured on the revival will range from smaller to high profile, as well as cold cases from the original series that were never solved

As before, the Most Wanted list will include criminals having committed murder, fraud, sex crimes, kidnapping along with theft, armed robbery and more.

The original AMW was the longest-running Fox show in history at the time of its cancellation in 2011, after 25 seasons.

That record was later broken by The Simpsons. 

As before: The Most Wanted list will include criminals having committed murder, fraud, sex crimes, kidnapping along with theft, armed robbery and more

As before: The Most Wanted list will include criminals having committed murder, fraud, sex crimes, kidnapping along with theft, armed robbery and more

America’s Most Wanted was then picked up later in 2011 by Lifetime, where it remained on the air until March 2013. 

Vargas is most well known as a host of the ABC news magazine 20/20, with a tenure on the program of 15 years.

Previous notable credits include being the anchor of ABC’s World News Tonight and the news anchor on ABC’s Good Morning America. 

Decorated news anchor: Vargas is most well known as a host of the ABC news magazine 20/20, with a tenure on the program of 15 years

Decorated news anchor: Vargas is most well known as a host of the ABC news magazine 20/20, with a tenure on the program of 15 years

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