A "King of the Hill" pickup would give ABC a well-known franchise to bolster the chances for "Goode Family." It’s a de facto network scheduling rule, learned at Fox through years of trial and error, that animated half-hours fit best with other animated half-hours. But just in case that falls through with ABC, other potential homes for the toon include Comedy Central, FX and Cartoon Network. But the show, which would be entering its 14th season, is believed to be too expensive for a cable network at this point by many of the suits out there. I for one disagree, Cartoon Network has already got a few heavy hitters under there belts where as Comedy Central and FX have picked up drastically in ratings
Fox’s decision not to order any new episodes of "King of the Hill," meanwhile, came just three days before the animated comedy posted its best ratings in a year, averaging a 4.3 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 on Sunday night.
Still, network insiders said Fox won’t likely change its mind on the cancellation. Net executives are looking to freshen up their animated stable, and after 260 episodes, they believed "King of the Hill" is ready for retirement.
But here maybe some bad news though, given the lengthy lead time on animated projects, the 14th season of "King of the Hill " probably wouldn’t be available to ABC or other network until late 2009 or early 2010.
So do you hope "King of the Hill" stays on the air?