In Hollywood, nothing’s ever really dead.
King of the Hill was an animated sitcom that aired on Fox from 1997 to 2009. Mike Judge and Greg Daniels apparently pitched Fox a revival back in 2017, but nothing ever happened. Well, Daniels recently talked to CB about the revival and how he is still open to doing it, if Disney (who now owns Fox) is still interested:
“Well, Mike and I got together a couple of years ago, and came up with a reboot for King of the Hill. At the time, I think that Fox didn’t want to go ahead with this, at the level that it probably deserved. We thought that they would be excited to just order it. …At the moment, there is no plan for it. The studio was sold to Disney now, I guess, so it would be a Disney show, I think, in the future. But we do have a plan for it and it’s pretty funny. So maybe one day.”
Daniels went on to talk about how reviving an animated show overcomes any live-action revivals as there’s no worry about a character (read: actor) being unavailable or unwilling to appear:
“I mean, that was a wonderful show to work on. Yeah, that would be a super fun reboot. I feel like that is easier to reboot because you can get all the characters and they all look the same. …It would be something that you could decide what happens to them, and you wouldn’t have to be going, ‘Oh well, that guy’s not available.’ I mean, they’re all available because they’re cartoon characters.”
I’ve only ever seen a handful of King of the Hill episodes and I found it to be okay at best. The animation design is probably what took me out of enjoying it more because I remember some of the jokes to be really well-written (which is to be expected considering the talent involved).
I don’t think Disney would have any interest in rebooting the show, especially for Disney+. However, I could see Hulu potentially being a good stomping ground for a revival.
What are your thoughts? Are you tired of revivals? Do you think King of the Hill needs to come back? Let us know down in the comments!