US animated sitcom King Of The Hill is in talks to return after over a decade off TV screens, according to one of its former writers, Brent Forrester.
Created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels, the Fox show followed the lives of the Hills, a middle-class American family living in Texas. It ran for 13 seasons from 1997 to 2009, when it was cancelled by the network.
Murmurings of a reboot first surfaced in 2017, and when asked about the potential reboot on an AMA on Reddit, former writer on the show Forrester revealed –
“I am sure Greg Daniels and Mike Judge will murder me for sharing this but… HELL YES,”
“They are in hot negotiations to bring back King of the Hill. 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 :)”
In March 2020, co-creator Daniels said that the Fox network in the US had previously rejected a reboot of King Of The Hill, though he maintained his interest in making one. Daniels told Comic Book –
“But we do have a plan for it and it’s pretty funny,”
“So maybe one day.”
Interestingly, it could be another revival deal Judge has struck with Comedy Central that could prevent a King Of The Hill restart from kicking off any time soon.
Last year, it was announced that Judge had signed on for two new rebooted seasons of Beavis & Butt-Head for Comedy Central, and earlier this year it was confirmed that those would also arrive with another Beavis & Butt-Head movie.
Assuming Forrester isn’t messing around, it sounds like a lot has changed.
In 2018, Hulu landed the exclusive rights to stream King Of The Hill. If the show returns, it wouldn’t be surprising to see it land there as its already the home of another 90s animated revival, Animaniacs.