Upcoming on AMW- Season 26- 2021! Apr 10, 2022 19:31:48 GMT -5 via mobile
Post by Scumhunter on Apr 10, 2022 19:31:48 GMT -5
I said it before and I'll say it again - I wish they would have had John Walsh record a message that they played on that first episode. Surely everybody would have been fine with him doing that. Have him say something like this:
"Good evening. I'm John Walsh. For 25 years, we teamed up to put away more than 1,200 dangerous fugitives and bring home more than 50 missing children, all while fighting for victims' rights. We had a great partnership, and I am so proud of all the work that we did together. Now, America's Most Wanted is back, but unfortunately, I won't be able to join you this time around. But while I can't be with you, my good friend Elizabeth Vargas has stepped up to the plate and will be leading the new manhunt. I trust Elizabeth and know that she will do a fantastic job with the manhunt. I hope you all welcome Elizabeth with open arms. Thank you all so much for what you've done and what you will continue to do. And remember, you can make a difference."
I think that would have gone a really long way towards quieting the critics. And yes, it wouldn't have helped all the other issues with AMW (really bad writing, questionable reenactment choices, overloading the show with cold cases and, let's be frank, many caught on tape segments that really were not worthy of being on AMW in the first place) but at least the "Where's John Walsh?" crowd would either have been silenced or they wouldn't have been as loud.
It was unfortunately bad timing because John Walsh was and still is on ID. So even if he wanted to, there may have been contract stipulations. I assume contracts end and get renegotiated eventually though. Ironically, despite it being nearly a decade, AMW somehow possibly came back a year too soon lol.