John Walsh Interview
Capital New York’s Alex Weprin interviews John Walsh about his new CNN reality TV show.
One of the show’s strongest points of departure may be style of presentation. CNN signed Zero Point Zero Productions, the company behind Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown,” to produce the new show, alleviating some of the stress on Walsh, while also giving the program a unique visual and storytelling perspective.
Walsh said Monday that networks began talking to him as early as 2011, when “America’s Most Wanted” first faced cancellation on Fox.
“I was talking to ABC… about doing a pilot for them, to be a contributor, to be their ‘Special Justice Correspondent,’ appearing on Diane Sawyer, ‘Nightline,” ‘G.M.A.’” Walsh said. “That was a really flattering, phenomenal offer, but as I said, I am 68 years old, I am been on the road my entire life, living in hotels, now I have my first grandchild.”
The discussions with ABC and CNN followed a similar effort by Roger Ailes, the C.E.O. of Fox News and a friend of Walsh’s. When Fox canceled “America’s Most Wanted,” Walsh talked with Fox News about bringing the show to the cable channel, a fact reported at the time by the A.P.