The beloved Fox animated series ran for 13 seasons from 1997 to 2009.
“King of the Hill” is officially back. Hulu has ordered a revival of the beloved Fox animated series.
Created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels, “King of the Hill” is an animated sitcom about the Hills, a working-class family and their neighbors and friends in the fictional town of Arlen, Texas. Judge anchored the original series, which ran for 13 seasons from 1997 to 2009 on Fox, as Hill family patriarch Hank. Other cast members included Kathy Najimy as Hank’s wife Peggy, Stephen Root as their neighbor Bill, Pamela Adlon as their teenage son Bobby, Johnny Hardwick as local conspiracy theorist Dale, and Lauren Tom as Minh and his daughter Connie. Most of the original cast is expected to return for the revival; the original series also starred Brittany Murphy, who died in 2009, as Hill’s niece Luanne.
“We’re all very excited to welcome back Hank, Peggy and Bobby and see what they have to say about the world we live in and continue the conversations we started years ago,” said Craig Erwich, president of Hulu and Disney-branded television. They are original, the statement says. “This show has all the perfect ingredients to match Hulu’s animated moment, and we’re so grateful to be able to have these conversations with this talented group.”
The revival series has been in the works since 2017, after the original cast reunited at Sketchfest in San Francisco to celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary. Saladin Patterson, creator of ABC’s “The Wonder Years” reboot and executive producer of FX’s “Dave,” will serve as showrunner on the new series, and Daniels and Judge also executive produce through their Bandera Entertainment banner. Dustin Davis is executive producing for Bandera, while Michael Rotenberg and Howard Klein are executive producing for 3 Arts. 20th Television Animation is producing the show for Hulu.
“Yeah, man, I’m telling you, who’s that badass Ol’ Greg talking about ‘OG’, and then there’s that Mike Judge… Inspirations, man… the original show, the classic… – That’s my bag! I do not know you! I feel blessed, man, I’m saying ‘Feel so Good’ is a great song, I don’t care what no-dang-body says…” Patterson said in a statement.
Since its original release, “King of the Hill” has received praise for its writing and performances from the cast. During its original run, the series won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program.
“King of the Hill” isn’t the only Fox animated series to get the Hulu revival treatment; “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening is also bringing back his cult classic series “Futurama” in a 20-episode revival that will reunite the original cast — including John DiMaggio as Bender — after a pay dispute.
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