Herman’s Head and Parker Lewis Can’t Lose Leaving Hulu For FOX Streaming Service
By Pamela Finkelstein

It’s time to put down your Waterton Publishing magazine and graduate Santo Domingo High as it has been announced that the two beloved series Herman’s Head and Parker Lewis Can’t Lose will be leaving Hulu at the end of this year to head to FOX’s upcoming streaming service at the start of 2020, according to Variety, THR, USA Today, Teen People, and TV Guide.

Developed by Dexter’s Clyde Phillips, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose depicted the tribulations of the title character Parker Lewis (played by Corin Nemec), a Santo Domingo High School student, for whom nothing is impossible. The show featured a cast of up-and-comers including Abraham Benrubi (ER), Troy Slaten (Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad), Billy Jayne (Road Kill), Melanie Chartoff (Rugrats), Timothy Stack (Son of the Beach), and Mary Ellen Trainor (every Lethal Weapon movie ever but, surprisingly, not the television series. She was in that first Die Hard too).

Herman’s Head was created by sensation Andrew Guerdat, who went on to hugely successful shows like The Parent ‘Hood, Sister, Sister, and Saved By The Bell: The College Years. William Ragsdale starred as the title character, Herman Brooks. Herman’s thought processes are dramatized in a “Greek chorus”-style interpretation, with four characters representing different aspects of his personality (played by Molly Hagan, Ken Hudson Campbell, Rick Lawless, and Peter MacKenzie). The show also featured The Simpsons actors Hank Azaria (Apu) and Yeardley Smith (Lisa), Jennifer Aniston as Herman’s little sister, and even Leslie Nielsen as God.

Both shows went on to earn rave reviews and, combined, would go on to win twelve Primetime Emmys and a Golden Globe for Nemec’s performance – which would land the young actor a starring role in the smash hit Operation Dumbo Drop. The shows were a ratings hit for the FOX Network, with the Parker Lewis finale viewed by 18.41 million and the Herman’s Head finale viewed by 14.81 million.

Hulu has held the domestic streaming rights for the series since its launch in 2007, but in a recent bidding war over the rights of the series, FOX came out victorious, having to pay $100 million per year for five years for a grand total of $500 million to stream the series on its upcoming streaming service.

“Parker Lewis Can’t Lose has become a staple of pop culture and is a rare gem whose relevance continues to grow at a time when fans have more entertainment choices than ever before. And Herman’s Head is still good too,” Legie Hammer, chairperson of Fox and digital enterprises, said Wednesday in a statement. “We can’t wait to go back to Santo Domingo, rent movies from Mondo Video, and see what the voices in Herman’s Head think about it all when we welcome them all to FOX’s new streaming service.”

Parker Lewis Can’t Lose and Herman’s Head will be available to stream on Hulu until January 2020, when it will transition to the upcoming streaming service.

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