King of the Hill may be the latest animated sitcom to return to the air. Writer Brent Forrester has revealed creators Mike Judge and Greg Daniels are currently in “hot negotiations” to revive the popular Fox series.
As spotted by Tech Radar, Forrester teased the possible revival during a Reddit AMA session. While negotiations are still underway, Forrester revealed the plan is to reintroduce Hank Hill and family 15 years after the events of the series finale.
“I am sure Greg Daniels and Mike Judge will murder me for sharing this but… HELL YES,” Forrester writes. “They are in hot negotiations to bring back King of the Hill. The Trump administration made it suddenly very relevant again. The characters have all aged 15 years. The project is sooooo good. Okay I’ve said too much :)”
It’s unclear whether the revival series would air on Fox or shift to become a streaming exclusive on Hulu or Disney+. Presumably, most of the surviving voice cast would return, including Judge as both Hank Hill and Jeff Boomhauer, Kathy Najimy as Peggy Hill, Johnny Hardwick as Dale Gribble and Stephen Root as Bill Dauterive. However, given the time jump involved, it’s possible the role of Hank’s son Bobby will be recast. It also remains to be seen how the revival might handle Hank’s niece Luanne and her husband Lucky, as voice actors Brittany Murphy and Tom Petty have both passed away.
King of the Hill aired for 13 seasons on Fox between 1997 and 2009, making it one of the most successful animated sitcoms to debut in the wake of The Simpsons. The series follows the mundane day-to-day struggles of the Hill family and the many other eccentric personalities in the fictional town of Arlen, TX. Similar to The Simpsons and Family Guy, the characters in King of the Hill never aged significantly over the course of the series, so the revival will break new ground in that regard. Has Bobby made good on his dream of being a standup comedian? Has Hank been promoted to full manager of Strickland Propane? Is Dale a member of QAnon? These are the burning questions the revival will answer.
Animated sitcom revivals and reboots are becoming increasingly popular these days, especially with the long-term effects of the pandemic on Hollywood. Hulu recently debuted the first season of its Animaniacs revival series, while HBO Max is developing a Tiny Toon Adventures reboot dubbed Tiny Toons Looniversity. Meanwhile, MTV is renewing tis emphasis on animated projects, ordering two new seasons of Judge’s Beavis and Butthead and greenlighting both the Daria reboot Jodie and a new Clone High series.
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