11:10am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'King of the Hill' May Be Revived at Fox
Fox's middle-class animated comedy King of the Hill may be revived at Fox.
Speaking with reporters Tuesday following her time at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour, Fox Television Group chairman and CEO Dana Walden said the network has had "preliminary conversations" with King of the Hill creators Greg Daniels and Mike Judge about bringing the Hill family back.
"I would like to explore that. We had a very preliminary conversation given what's going on in the country; they had a point of view about how those characters would respond. But again, it was one meeting and I hope to revisit it," Walden said. "The meeting was probably two and a half months ago. They're both very busy and it was really just a first exploratory, 'Are you excited about this? Is there potential in that future?' And they were both excited about it, but they're working on a lot of different things individually, so it's about finding time."
King of the Hill ran for 13 seasons and more than 250 episodes from 1997-2009. The series revolved around the middle-class Hill family of Arlen, Texas, and touched on their everyday lives and incorporated Judge's political humor.
For his part, Daniels is currently an executive producer and showrunner on TBS' alien comedy People of Earth. Rumors have swirled around town lately about Daniels also reviving NBC's The Office, though NBC and producers Universal Television say that there is no truth to that. Judge, meanwhile, is a showrunner on HBO's critical darling Silicon Valley.
A King of the Hill revival comes as broadcasters are looking to bring in broader programming that speaks to the middle America that voted for President Donald Trump as many networks admit they have underrepresented that audience.
As for the future of animation at Fox, Walden noted that there are five or six other projects in the works, but admitted that slotting them in on Sundays with staples Family Guy and The Simpsons would be a challenge.
"We are not ready to discuss it yet. We have five or six things in development right now that I'm excited about. … It's hard to live up to that block and those shows right now are so iconic, they're so connected to our brand," said the exec. "It's hard to just slide an animated show into that lineup and have people have the same goodwill that they have for a show that's been on for almost 30 seasons now."