Hank Hill and the residents of Arlen, Texas are headed for retirement. According to Variety, Fox will not order any new episodes of the animated series "King of the Hill."
"Hill" is the second-longest running animated series of all-time, behind "The Simpsons." "Hill" has been on Fox for 13 years, though it has faced cancellation several times in the past several years.
"We've been here before," exec producer John Altschuler told Variety. "When it's time for King of the Hill to go, it will go. But I think with the ratings this good, and with the quality that doesn't seem to be diminishing, it would be very odd for King of the Hill not to keep going."
Because of the long lead time required for animated series, Fox is calling a halt to "Hill" now and the final episode is expected to air sometime next year.
Meanwhile, Fox is ordering a fifth season of "American Dad." The animated series is currently in its fourth season on Fox.
"It was one of our goals going into the summer to make sure their services were secured," said 20th Century Fox TV chairman Dana Walden. "The show has evolved creatively under their leadership. And when you find a tentpole player like Seth, one of the critical elements in supporting their companies is locking up the services of the people they depend on, they trust."
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This series was probably one of my favorite animation shows of all time. Classic, sometimes edgy but not nasty, you always learned a lesson at the end. Kind of an Andy Griffith with a modern twist. I will be sad to see the Hill's, the Gribbles, and the Souphanousinphones leave my neighborhood. They were the best neighbors that I've had throughout our 13 year friendship and they kept me laughing the whole time....
:: the sun sets over the Arlen City water tank as we fade to black ::
PS. Mike Judge is my hero!