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King of the Hill Reboot Ordered at Hulu, Mike Judge & Original Talent Returning

January 31, 2023 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
King of the Hill Image Credit: Disney, 20th Television Animation

Hulu has ordered another classic animated series revival from 20th Television Animation for the streaming service. King of the Hill is making a comeback, with Hulu officially ordering a planned reboot of the hit long-running animated series.

According to the announcement, the hit animated series is returning with a brand-new season, with original co-creators Mike Judge and Greg Daniels on board. They will return to create and executive produce the revival. Saladin Patterson will also be on board as executive producer and showrunner.

Judge and Daniels have been working on the reboot since 2017, when Judge and Daniels reconnected with the original cast members at the 2017 San Francisco Sketchfest to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the classic series. 3 Arts’ Michael Rotenberg, Howard Klein, and Bandera Entertainment’s Dustin Davis are also attached to executive produce the show, which brings back the residents of Arlen, Texas, and it will be set in present-day USA. Bandera Entertainment is Judge and Daniels’ recently launched animation production banner.

The revival will bring back most of the original voice cast from the series, including Mike Judge as series lead Hank Hill and supporting character Jeff Boomhauer, Stephen Root as Bill Dauterive, Kathy Najimy as Peggy Hill, Pamela Adlon as Bobby Hill, Johnny Hardwick as Dale, and Lauren Tom as both Minh Souphanousinphone and her daughter Connie. There’s no word yet on the other cast members returning.

Hank and Peggy’s niece, Luanne, would have to be recast if she’s in the new series. Her original voice actress, Brittany Murphy, tragically passed away in 2009. Murphy voiced the character for the entirety of the show’s original run. Murphy also voiced Joseph Gribble in the show’s earlier seasons, before the character was recast with Breckin Mayer in the show’s later seasons after Joseph went through a growth spurt.

The Emmy Award-winning series ran for 13 seasons on FOX from 1997 to 2010. The show is now owned by Disney as it was one of the entertainment assets that was acquired as part of the 20th Century Fox acquisition in 2019. Set in the fictional suburban Texas town of Arlen, the show followed Hank Hill, a salesman of propane and propane accessories, his substitute teacher wife Peggy, and their 13-year-old son Bobby, who often doesn’t meet the expectations of his more traditional father. Hank’s longtime friends are the conspiracy nut Dale Gribble, the military barber Bill, and the fast-talking Jeff Boomhauer. Over the course of the series, Hank’s friends, Peggy, and Bobby help Hank navigate a changing world.

Speaking on the news in a press release, ABC Entertainment, Hulu, and Disney Branded Television of Streaming Originals Craig Erwich commented: “We are all so excited to welcome back Hank, Peggy and Bobby, and to see what they have to say about the world we live in and continue the conversations we began years ago. This show has all of the perfect ingredients to meet this moment in animation at Hulu, and we’re so thankful to be having those conversations alongside this talented group.”

Showrunner Patterson commented, “Yeah, man I tell you whot man, that dang Ol’ Greg, talking about ‘O.G.’ and then that Mike Judge … Inspirations, man … the original show, dang ol’ classic … Got my kids, man, walking around talking about ‘That’s my purse! I don’t know you!’ Feeling blessed, man, I tell you whot ‘Feel so Good’ is a great song, I don’t care what no-dang-body says …”

In 1999, King of the Hill won the Primetime Emmy Award for Oustanding Animated Program. King of the Hill now joins Futurama as another classic FOX/20th Television Animation series that’s getting a revival on Hulu. For Mike Judge, Paramount and Comedy Central also recently revived another one of his classic animated shows, Beavis and Butt-head, which currently streams on Paramount+.

All 13 seasons of the original King of the Hill series are streaming now on Hulu.

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