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King of the Hill: FOX Animated TV Show Staying Cancelled

King of the HillThough King of the Hill has escaped the network grim reaper in the past, it seems like the TV show’s time is up. FOX recently announced that they were cancelling the series after 13 seasons. Shortly thereafter, rumors surfaced that ABC might be considering picking it up. At the recent Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour, fans got their answer.

Created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels, King of the Hill centers around the Hills, a blue-collar family living in Texas. The animated series debuted on January 12, 1997 and features the voice talents of Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon, Johnny Hardwick, Stephen Root, Brittany Murphy, Toby Huss, David Herman, Ashley Gardner, Lauren Tom, Tom Petty, Breckin Meyer, Jonathan Joss, and Phil Hendrie.

Hill enjoyed very good ratings for a number of years but in 2005 the numbers had slipped and it was due to be cancelled after 10 years. But, before the end of the season, the ratings picked up and the show was renewed.

In late October 2008, FOX execs announced that they were again cancelling the series, after 13 seasons on the air. The network’s other animated shows outperform Hill and execs want to make room for a new cartoon comedy from Mitch Hurwitz. Shortly after the cancellation notice came down, there were rumors that ABC might be interested in picking up Hill as a companion for its own upcoming animated series from Judge, The Goode Family.

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As nice as that scenario may sound, Judge isn’t optimistic about Hill’s chances of survival this time around. He recently told iFMagazine, “It’s dead. It’s deader than it was when it was last cancelled [on FOX].” He also wasn’t very optimistic about the possibility of ABC picking it up for season 14.

It turns out that Judge’s instincts weren’t wrong. At the recent TCA press tour, ABC president Steve McPherson talked at length about the network’s plans to include more sitcoms on their upcoming Fall schedule. Unfortunately, those plans don’t include a certain 13-year old animated comedy from FOX. McPherson says that ABC definitely has no plans to save Hill.

Other networks have apparently considered rescuing Hill but it hasn’t gone any further than that. Most believe that the series is over but it could certainly be revived some day in the future.

On the bright side, there are still quite a few episodes that haven’t aired yet. Though FOX ordered them awhile ago, it seems doubtful that they’ll all air on the network.

FOX renewed Hill for a 13the season of a baker’s dozen of episodes back in April 2008. Because of the long lead time needed to produce animated shows, the network’s been airing episodes from season 12.

Season 13 is scheduled to debut on February 8th and run until April 12th, what the network is calling the series finale. If the network sticks to its schedule, that means that only 10 of the 13 episodes will have aired by that time.

If the network doesn’t air all of its Hill episodes, they will certainly turn up in syndication on (Hill recently began airing as part of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block) and eventually on DVD. With over 240 total episodes having been produced, it’s not likely that the Hills will be leaving the airwaves anytime soon.

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brett May 17, 2010 at 1:25 pm

WTF FOX IS SO STUPID. Put king of the hill baclk on the aire. this is like taking the simpsosns off the air u simply cannot do it. put kig of the hill abck on


Jess December 20, 2009 at 3:43 pm

So sad to hear about the tragic loss of Brittany Murphy. She will be greatly missed!!


HB_Dad December 20, 2009 at 2:03 pm

Brittany Murphy (Voice of LuAnne) died today which puts another shadow of doubt on renewal (though she wasn’t a primary character).


righteousrat November 7, 2009 at 2:14 am

I love this show. It sucks that it has been canceled.


Jason September 15, 2009 at 4:03 pm

THANK GOD! Worst animated show Fox has every had. I’ve been waiting half of my life for them to take this off the air. FINALLY!


DC September 13, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Dang it Bobby. I told you this would happen if you don’t attention. Go tell Mr. Dribble its over.


B&B/KOH fans June 15, 2009 at 11:36 pm

I can’t believe this! I’m just hearing the show is canceled. I loved it but I also loved Another World and that ran 30+ years and was replaced by what I feel was an unmentionable tragedy. While the Saudi episodes of Family Guy might make me give it new consideration, I can only hope Mike Judge gives another series a try.


Komori May 28, 2009 at 7:56 am

This is bull. Though it was a pretty conservative show, King of the Hill was watched by everyone and was funny not only to conservatives, but to liberals as well. It’ll be kinda odd watching The Goode Family, because it’s the EXACT opposite of King of the Hill. What does tickle me is the fact that King of the Hill was on Fox which is known to be somewhat conservative of a network, and The Goode Family is on ABC, a widely Liberal Network. Mike Judge seems to just be trying to get in where he can fit in lol.


Greg May 22, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Just like fox to cancel good and promising shows. Just found out Terminator Sarah conor chronicles cancelled and now King of the hill? WTF Fox y don’t u cancel American Idol or The Simpsons which aren’t Funny anymore instead. After the new season of 24 in 2010 There will be no reason to watch Fox anymore.


Mike May 20, 2009 at 7:23 am

I honestly think if FOX is going to cancel this funny and entertaining 13 season comedy, they should air all the episodes scheduled! Don’t hold back, FOX! We want a good series finale.


kevin May 19, 2009 at 5:31 pm

King of the Hill was one of my favorite shows. To lose tis show is heart breaking. I thought Fox was smarter than that (LOL).


Jonathan April 26, 2009 at 5:11 pm

We should start a petitition to bring Family Guy back on the air…anyone else think so?


geoff April 6, 2009 at 6:19 am

I agree this was one of the few shows that the dad wasnt just a complete loser, like in simpsons and family guy. I like the simpsons, but as for family guy, i could care less


Jennifer April 5, 2009 at 7:01 pm

I am sorry to see the show go. After all not very many shows show show some of the family values that King of the Hill shows (IE the Simpsons let children think it’s ok to call their parents by thier first names among other things) but King of the Hill has some great morals in it. How ever they do go to the extreme on some of them.


Roy April 2, 2009 at 6:44 am

I agree with 13 – it’s s shame that FOX continues to bring Seth MacFarlane’s garbage to us and our kids. Most off this guys stuff is DISGUSTING and it was a shock that Family Guy was brought back. (Who’s he doing at FOX to make this happen?) Now we’ll get more unintelligent, racial, sexist, toilet, wife-beating humor – just what we want right?



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