“I tell you what man that dang ol’ King of the Hill it was a dang good show man it lasted dang ol’ thirteen seasons and yet somehow y’know it stayed funny y’know that’s dang ol’ inhuman man and you know what I bet they could make more of ’em man”
Boomhauer speaks the truth. Hollywood writer Brent Forrester recently took part in a Reddit AMA session, where he let loose the knowledge that negotiations between 20th Century Studios and the creators are currently under way. “I am sure Greg Daniels and Mike Judge will murder me for sharing this but… HELL YES,” Forrester said. “They are in hot negotiations to bring back King of the Hill.”
Judge has talked publicly in the past about the possibility of making new King of the Hill episodes, and said he was open to it, BUT he was too occupied with Silicon Valley on HBO to do anything else. This is no longer true, and now it sounds like it’s really happening.
However, assuming the negotiations lead to a greenlight, the show might look somewhat different. It won’t be a simple rehash…Forrester says a time jump is on Judge and Daniels’ minds. “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 :)”
This would mean Hank and Peggy as grey-haired seniors, Bobby as a goofy young adult having independent adventures, Dale Gribble as the newest member of Congress, and Luanne—uh, I have no idea what they’re gonna do there. Both her voice actress (Brittany Murphy) and the actor for her husband (Tom Petty) expired years ago.
Despite having not aired a new episode since 2009, King of the Hill has remained culturally iconic. I still see new memes being created to this day, and the show is still referenced on current Animation Domination programs — Bless the Harts has its own Mega Lo Mart for crying out loud. You could absolutely bring the show back, but where would it appear?
Don’t automatically assume this proposed revival is for Fox. With all the streaming services screaming for your dollars these days, it could wind up anywhere. However, it doesn’t sound like the deal has been closed yet. If the studio decides that King of the Hill is indeed coming back, we’ll let you know.