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King of the Hill: FOX Announces Series Finale, What About the Rest?

King of the HillFOX just can’t seem to decide if they want King of the Hill or not.

Back in 2005, the show was set to be cancelled but execs changed their minds when the ratings went up and the Hill family stuck around for a few more seasons.

Last October, FOX announced that they were officially cancelling the animated sitcom. Though there were still several new episodes left, the April 12th episode was initially described as the animated sitcom’s series finale. Several original episodes aired after that.

It was later confirmed that there were still six original episodes left. FOX had already licensed two of them and the network had the option to license the remaining four. FOX pulled the show completely in late July, an indication that it was gone for good.

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Last week, at the Television Critic’s Summer Press Tour, FOX’s network president, Kevin Reilly, said that it was unlikely that the network would be airing any more new episodes of King of the Hill.

Today, FOX announced that they were going to be running two original episodes together and calling them the series finale. Titled “The Boy Can’t Help It” and “The Honeymooners,” the stories revolve around Bobby being considered a ladies’ man at school and Hank’s mother’s sudden plans to remarry. The so-called “Texas-size” series finale is set to air on September 13th.

That will presumably finish off the number of episodes that FOX has licensed. So, what happens to the remaining four installments?

They’ll surely surface at some point so it’s just a question of when. The show is currently airing in syndication on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim and the last batch of episodes should be available to the cable channel soon. If Cartoon Network picks them up, they’ll be aired and could be promoted as “world premieres.”

The last four episodes are titled “Bill Gathers Moss,” “When Joseph Met Lori, and Made Out with Her in the Janitor’s Closet,” “Just Another Manic Kahn-Day,” and “To Sirloin with Love.”

It’s unclear if the actual last episode, “To Sirloin with Love,” will give any more closure to the sitcom than FOX’s so-called series finale. However, it was registered with the copyright office in December 2008, two months after FOX announced the cancellation.

What do you think? Would you rather have seen the final handful of episodes on FOX or are you just as happy to see them show up elsewhere?

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Hammer August 19, 2009 at 7:13 am

All thirty people who don’t like KOTH are moving to Texas anyway.
The economy there hasn’t been ruined by you yet. [don't freak out]
I guess their ratings don’t matter anymore. So when Fox takes a dive they’ll be to ignorant to know why.

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Timmy August 18, 2009 at 9:08 pm

its ok if they dont air them it just means that alot of stupid oblivious people wont ever see a truly great show, its ok not to air them that is if they hurry up and release king on dvd already!!!

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Eric August 17, 2009 at 11:18 pm

King of the Hill Forever!!!

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AJ August 15, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Futurama is coming back Val.

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Val August 15, 2009 at 7:23 am

Wtf? Are they serious?!

I can’t even believe this, i agree with some of the other commenters here.
Fox cancels all the good shows and keep making crap, why can’t we just stick with the originals?
PJ’s, Futurama, and now KOTH?! Whats next?? The Simpsons?…
OMG.
& Sit down, shut-up was terrible.

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pat August 15, 2009 at 1:47 am

Fox is stupid! First they kill Futurama, Greed, The PJs, and Hole in the wall, and now, they won’t even show the series finale of King of the Hill? WTF?

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Joy Reed August 12, 2009 at 11:55 am

Fox likes to cancel shows and put new ones on.

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Bobby-love August 12, 2009 at 9:23 am

I NEED CLOSURE! FOX SUX…

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Benny August 12, 2009 at 2:57 am

YOU CANCELLED MY FAVORITE SHOW, STUPID. Wait a minute, I can say stupid on here, right? HELL YEAH.

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Hammer Ferguson August 12, 2009 at 2:51 am

It’s funny how the messsage before mine had un-bleeped cursing in it… even used Jesus as a by word, and you bleeped me for using “whore”. Wow. Says alot.

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Hammer Ferguson August 12, 2009 at 2:45 am

Big mistake to cancel the best and keep the rest. It was hard enough trying to keep up with where the show was time slotted. The Simsons used to be funny. Family Guy is something of a tired old whore. [anything for a trick...get it] just not fun anymore, and it’s on for one and a half hours!
But then again, we really were watching way tooo much TV. No reason for Sunday evening fox now.
Thank you.

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Darksidehearts August 11, 2009 at 10:25 pm

Personally I think Fox should relinquish both “King Of The Hill” & “Futurama” and just let the other networks deal with them. CN & Adult Swim have noted that they can do justice to Futurama by any means necessary if Fox ever gives it up to them. To be honest I never really liked it on Comedy Central as it wasn’t advertised enough to watch. Plus having multiple times with re-airing made it easier to watch on AS. I never have been a real KOTH fan but I actually have gotten into it now after seeing it on AS. Truth be told other networks like CN or Comedy Central would be willing to continue these series as they will draw viewers. Keeping lingering episodes, dangling them in front of us doesn’t exactly scream “WE NEED TO WATCH FOX!” Instead it’s more like “God…are they going to air this or not?!”

I’m not saying that Fox is a bad channel but it’s clear that they don’t really know how to handle shows people like nor do they have an idea how to really decide whether to end them or not.

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Thom August 11, 2009 at 2:23 pm

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing when the cancellation of koth talk began… For what – ANOTHER seth macfarlane show, jesus how much do you want to milk something? I found myself very bored with family guy early in its latest season (coming from someone who used to absolutely love the show) but now it’s just full of random jokes and any form of storyline is so weak they could get away without a storyline. American Dad is good, though after watching the Cleveland Show pilot Fox are doing a great thing American broadcasters have a knack for – milking the hell out of a show so much you no longer have any love for it come its final episodes.

The other Sunday Fox cartoon, (not even worth mentioning Sit Down, Shut Up) everyone knows is the Simpsons, which most people seem unanimous in criticising these days. Another cartoon that I absolutely adore and have done for so many years now, I purely watch the new episodes because I loved the original Simpsons so much – if I hadn’t seen them I really wouldn’t bother with it whatsoever.

KOTH may not have been supremely original but comparing it to the other shows now, it’s the only cartoon left that still follows the original happy family entertainment layout on the Sunday night line-up and hasn’t resorted to random (at a ridiculous level) and sarcastic (it was funny at first, but now most of the cut-out jokes are mildly irritating) ‘story’-lines.

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IAN RICHARDSON August 11, 2009 at 2:20 pm

PERSONALLY I THINK FOX NEEDS A KICK UP THE BACKSIDE.
I DON’T THINK THEY APPRECIATE THE SHOWS THEY HAVE.
CANCEL KING OF THE HILL! IT’S BRILLIANT.
THIS IS JUST ONE OF MANY EXCELENT SHOWS THEY THROW AWAY.
I STOPPED WATCHING NEW STUFF A FEW YEARS AGO, YOU GET INTO IT THEN IT’S CANCELLED AFTER A FEW SERIES. AND THE ENDINGS DON’T MAKE SENSE AS THEY TRY TO GET SEVERAL SEASONS INTO ONE. IF YOU ACTUALLY GET AN ENDING THAT IS.

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Jeremy August 11, 2009 at 12:10 pm

I think FOX is being very ungrateful. The creators and people who’ve worked on this show for 13 years are being totally shunned by the network. Why not air the remaining 6 episodes? They’re airing Sit Down, Shut Up on Saturday nights, what’s wrong with KotH as a lead in or lead out from that show? It just shows that TV & Hollywood are just a greedy business.

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