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Bob Iger Steps Down as CEO of The Walt Disney Company; Hulu Announces Limited Series “Summer Sisters”

ON THIS DAY
Vera Miles was featured in classic “The Mirror Image” episode of “The Twilight Zone” in 1960…Five recent high school graduates living in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn were the focus of new CBS sitcom “Flatbush,” which debuted in 1979 and created a great deal of controversy. The ethnic stereotypes were considered offensive, and the then Brooklyn Borough president publicly demanded that it be canceled. “Flatbush” was gone after three telecasts…

Celebrity birthdays: Singer Michael Bolton is 67…Tony Randall, who passed away on May 17, 2004, would have turned 100 today.

Did You Know?:
Tony Randall is remembered, of course, for his Emmy-winning role as fussy Felix Unger on ABC 1970-75 sitcom “The Odd Couple. Earlier in his career, however, he rose to TV fame as history teacher Harvey Weskit on 1952-55 sitcom “Mister Peepers“…The opening narration by Rod Serling on on “The Mirror Image” episode from “The Twilight Zone” was as follows: 
Millicent Barnes, age twenty-five, young woman waiting for a bus on a rainy November night. Not a very imaginative type is Miss Barnes: not given to undue anxiety, or fears, or for that matter even the most temporal flights of fantasy. Like most young career women, she has a generic classification as a, quote, girl with a head on her shoulders, end of quote. All of which is mentioned now because, in just a moment, the head on Miss Barnes’ shoulders will be put to a test. Circumstances will assault her sense of reality and a chain of nightmares will put her sanity on a block. Millicent Barnes, who, in one minute, will wonder if she’s going mad.

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NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

Hulu Announces Limited Series “Summer Sisters”

Hulu has put into development a limited series called “Summer Sisters,” which is based on the novel by Judy Blume and chronicles the coming-of-age of two best friends and the relationship that defines their lives. Set on Martha’s Vineyard, the story explores the impact of female friendship.

Liz Tigelaar will serve as writer and executive producer along with Stacey Silverman, Tigelaar’s partner in the production company Best Day Ever. ABC Signature Studios, where Best Day Ever is currently under an overall deal, will produce. “Summer Sisters” marks the first project for Best Day Ever under the deal.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Fox Renews “Mental Samurai” for Season 2
Fox has greenlit competition series “Mental Samurai,” hosted by Rob Lowe, for a second season. Debuting on Match 19, 2019, the series features contestants answering knowledge-based questions while being moved around by a large robot arm in the show’s specially designed capsule that can rotate 360°.

“The show fires on every single level,” added Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television. “Rob Lowe, the producing team, the set, the technology and the network. We couldn’t ask for a more perfect combination.”

The second season of “Mental Samurai” will launch on Fox on Wednesday, April 22 at 9 p.m. ET. The series is produced by Warner Horizon Television, A. Smith & Co. Productions, and Apploff Entertainment.

DIGITAL

Locast: Everything You Need to Know About the Streaming Platform Some Are Calling ‘”Aereo 2″ – Click here

TV UPDATES

Bob Iger to Step Down as CEO of The Walt Disney Company
Bob Iger, 69, is stepping down as CEO of The Walt Disney CompanyBob Chapek, most recently Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, has been named CEO, effective immediately; Iger will remain executive chairman through 2021.

“With the successful launch of Disney’s direct-to-consumer businesses and the integration of 21st Century Fox well underway, I believe this is the optimal time to transition to a new CEO,” Iger said in a statement. “I have the utmost confidence in Bob and look forward to working closely with him over the next 22 months as he assumes this new role and delves deeper into Disney’s multifaceted global businesses and operations, while I continue to focus on the company’s creative endeavors.”

Ovation Acquires Season One of Docuseries “The Art of Architecture”

Ovation has acquired the non-exclusive U.S. broadcast rights for the first season of “The Art of Architecture” from distributor DRG. The  docuseries, which launches later this year, takes a look at some of the world’s most famous contemporary architects. The logline: This new series explores the work of some of the world’s most famous contemporary architects – from Santiago Calatrava to Sir David Adjaye – and examines how art influences their extraordinary designs. Focusing on one architectural achievement in each episode, this is a towering look at some of our greatest modern buildings and restorations and provides privileged access to projects as diverse as the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, and Battersea Power Station in London.

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SPORTS

2020 Schedule for “30 Clubs in 30 Days” on MLB Network – Click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

“Camp Getaway, which follows the staff of the ultimate adult playground, as they navigate the challenges and surprises that accompany working for a camp that offers a non-stop good time, premieres on Bravo on Monday, April 6 at 10 p.m. ET. The logline: Looking to escape the stress of the mundane work week, guests head to “Camp Getaway” seeking adventure, relaxation and endless happy hours. The upstairs and downstairs worlds collide as the staff live, love and work together, while tending to the ever-changing eccentric and outrageous wishes of their demanding summer camp guests. Though each staff member brings a different level of experience to the table, they all share a love for this lifestyle that enables them to let loose on the weekends… and not always after the guests leave.

ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: “I Am Not Okay With This” on Netflix; “It’s Personal with Amy Hoggart” on TBS and truTV…Season premieres: “Mega Machines” on Science; “Bride & Prejudice” on Lifetime…Season finales: “Real Housewives of New Jersey” on Bravo; “True Life Crime” on MTV…“SEAL Team” returns on CBS…ABC offers special “Shark Tank: Greatest of All Time”…For the listing of available programs for Wednesday, February 26, click here