'King of the Hill' Death Greatly Exaggerated?

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November 3rd, 2008

Let the rumors begin (thanks to "Cool" for the link) Variety reports:

Insiders at 20th Century Fox TV confirm that at least one network has expressed interest in "King," which was handed its pink slip just last week by Fox.

ABC is believed to be that suitor, as "King" would make a strong companion to the net's upcoming animated comedy "The Goode Family." Even more fitting, "Goode" comes from "King of the Hill" exec producers Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky.

A "King" pickup would give ABC a well-known franchise to help bolster "Goode's" chances. It's a defacto network scheduling rule, learned at Fox through years of trial and error, that animated half-hours fit best with other animated half-hours.

Fox's decision not to order any new episodes of "King," meanwhile, came just three days before the animated laffer posted its best ratings in a year, averaging a 4.3 rating and 10 share among adults 18-49 on Sunday night.

Still, network insiders said Fox won't likely change its mind on the "King" cancellation. Net is looking to freshen up its animated stable, and after 260 episodes, believed "King" was ready for retirement. Read more on the drama via Variety.

Perhaps the Renew/Cancel Index does know all.

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