Back in January, Mike Judge & Greg Daniels revealed that a King of the Hill revival was in the works. Judge & Daniels teased the new direction they wanted to go with the revival & also hoped that the revival would return to its home network on Fox.
Today, Michael Thorn, President of Fox Entertainment, came out & said that the revival will not be returning to Fox.
Thorn spoke with The Hollywood Reporter & said, “That’s not going to be with Fox. We love that team, and we love that show. It’s obviously part of our animation legacy. But we’re really focusing on animation is launching the kind of the next wave of our signature animated series, while still having our great legacy shows.”
Thorne added: “We’re really focused on what are the new shows that we believe can creatively break out, that we also have a significant ownership stake in, and if not outright own 100 percent of it. And on a show like King of the Hill, which we love, there’s really no opportunity for us to have an ownership stake in that show. It’s not a move that we can make as we grow out our next wave of animation, where ownership is so, so crucial to the long-running success of these series.”
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Being that Fox is officially under Disney, we can understand why King of the Hill might be a bit raunchy for the platform’s family-friendly shows; however, since Disney/Fox won’t be picking up the revival, we could see King of the Hill make its new home on Hulu or Netflix.
King of the Hill was created by Mike Judge & Greg Daniels for Fox & ran from 1997 to 2009. The series depicts the life & times of Hank Hill (Mike Judge), his family & their neighbors in the fictional suburb of Arlen, Texas, the heartland of America. A hard-working, loyal family man and proud Texan, Hank is the assistant manager of Strickland Propane. He’s a blue-collar Everyman who sees himself as the voice of common sense and reason in a world of incompetent sales clerks, meddling bureaucrats & do-good liberals.