King of the Hill to end, American Dad renewed
by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 31st 2008 10:06AM
It looks like the Fox "Animation Domination" lineup will be changing. It took FOX long enough to put together a solid two hour block of animated cartoons on Sunday, but now comes word that the tides are a-changing. After thirteen years on the air, King of the Hill will wrap production at the end of this season. Of course, there will be new episodes in the can for airing even into next season. Not to mention that this isn't the first time Hill has been canceled, and ratings now are better than they were then. In fact, executive producer John Altschuler said, "It would be very odd for King of the Hill to not keep going."
At the same time, Seth MacFarlane's "other" show American Dad, has just been picked up for a fifth season. It makes sense for FOX to let King of the Hill go at this time, considering that Family Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show is waiting in the wings. On the other side, though, shouldn't they wait to see if that's going to work before they dump a solid perennial performer like Hill? The way they're going, Seth MacFarlane is going to own Sunday nights.
Here's an idea. Keep King of the Hill and give us a three hour block of animation. Put Futurama back on FOX as a series and we can have King of the Hill, Futurama, The Simpsons, American Dad, Family Guy and The Cleveland Show. Or, if you don't want MacFarlane back-to-back-to-back in the lineup like that you can mix it up. But let me tell you, that right there is a pretty solid animation lineup. I know I'm not even factoring in Sit Down, Shut Up, FOX's midseason animated series. Maybe Hill can go after all. What do you all think?