Fox revived one animated show, why not two? The network has been in discussions with King of the Hill creators Greg Daniels and Mike Judge to bring back the show after a successful 13-season run with more than 250 episodes from 1997-2009.
King of the Hill centered around exploits of the Hills, a middle-class family in Arlen, Texas.
Fox Television Group chairman and CEO Dana Walden spoke about what went on between their meeting with Daniels and Judge, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“I would like to explore that. We had a very preliminary conversation given what’s going on in the country; they had a point of view about how those characters would respond. But again, it was one meeting and I hope to revisit it. The meeting was probably two and a half months ago. They’re both very busy and it was really just a first exploratory, ‘Are you excited about this? Is there potential in that future?’ And they were both excited about it, but they’re working on a lot of different things individually, so it’s about finding time.”
Fox, who’s had a long running animated comedy presence in prime time since The Simpsons in 1989, previously brought back Family Guy. The show’s original run lasted 3 seasons from 1999-2001 before getting cancelled. The show was revived in 2005 thanks to renewed interest from DVD sales and reruns on Adult Swim. The show’s still running on Fox.
The show starred Judge as family patriarch Hank Hill, a blue-collar propane salesman. He’s joined by his wife, Peggy (Kathy Najimy); their son, Bobby (Pamela Adlon); his niece, Luanne (the late Brittany Murphy); and their neighbors Bill (Stephen Root), Dale (Johnny Hardwick), and Boomhauer (Judge).
Daniels is currently executive producer and showrunner for the TBS comedy People of Earth, while Judge is the showrunner and creator for HBO’s Silicon Valley.
Judge was involved in another revival when MTV revived Beavis and Butthead for 2011. The show’s original run was for 1993-1997. The character of Tom Anderson on the show likely provided the basis for the Hank Hill character since Judge used the same voice.
As far as where the show would fit in the Sunday animation lineup, Walden discussed the difficulty.
“We are not ready to discuss it yet. We have five or six things in development right now that I’m excited about. … It’s hard to live up to that block and those shows right now are so iconic, they’re so connected to our brand. It’s hard to just slide an animated show into that lineup and have people have the same goodwill that they have for a show that’s been on for almost 30 seasons now.”
King of the Hill was once part of the Sunday lineup, but was often a lead-in to The Simpsons. The timeslot was often affected by Fox’s NFL programming with late afternoon games.
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