The following is everything we currently know surrounding the reboot of the popular Fox series King of The Hill coming in 2023.
Seemingly since its cancellation, the audience has been clamoring for a return of Mike Judge’s beloved King of The Hill series. The rumor mill began turning in 2017 as the cast reunited alongside creators Mike Judge and Greg Daniels for the show’s 20th-anniversary at San Francisco Sketchfest.
Since Judge’s success with the HBO-ordered movie and subsequent revival of Beavis and Butthead, it seemed like only a matter of time before we saw KOTH follow suit. With both Daniels and Judge openly and vocally in favor of some form of reboot or revival for the show, fans remained optimistic the Arlen gang would get a second life. In 2021 another big announcement broke from show writer Brett Forrester when he was asked if there were any plans for a possible King Of The Hill return during a Reddit AMA. He responded with the following, “I am sure Greg Daniels and Mike Judge will murder me for sharing this but… HELL YES. They are in hot negotiations to bring back King of the Hill.” With this, the internet went absolutely wild as it seemed now we were cooking with propane.
Fast forward to January 31st, 2023 and Hulu announced they had ordered a revival of the beloved series. At the current moment, it appears the majority of the original voice cast will be returning to reprise their respective roles including of course Hank Hill (Mike Judge), Bill Dauterive (Stephen Root), Dale Gribble (Johnny Hardwick), Jeff Boomhauer (also Mike Judge), Peggy Hill (Kathy Najimy), Bobby Hill (Pamela Adlon), and Minh Souphanousinphone (Lauren Tom), As expressed by Deadline.
Characters NOT Confirmed
As of now, we only know the returning characters via their voice actors’ involvement. Unfortunately, real life happens and in 2009 voice actor Brittany Murphy passed away at the age of 32. Her role as Luanne Platter, Peggy’s niece, is one that is very much still up in the air with Judge not yet commenting if he has plans for a replacement voice actor to continue the character. However, this isn’t out of the realm of possibility as we saw in 1997 with Jonathan Joss taking over the role of John Redcorn following the untimely passing of original voice actor Victor Aaron.
Alongside Luanne, poetically, is the case of her husband Lucky who was famously voiced by the late Tom Petty. While Lucky’s role can be argued as a more minor one, later seasons began including him more frequently in gang hijinks as well as his own stories within the show.
On another note, there does seem to be one glaring, living, omission from the confirmed cast list. While his wife Minh is slated to return, Hank’s foil, Khan Souphanousinphone ( Toby Huss) is not mentioned. While he most definitely has the more prominent role of the two, the issue is suspected to be one behind the sense with cancel culture. While Kahn is famously Laotian, just ask Cotton Hill, His voice actor Toby Huss is not of any form of Asian descent. With the recent recasting of characters like The Simpsons Apu getting major blowback, this may be seen as a topic of contention for the relaunch. Whether this means finding a different voice actor or simply not shining a light on the character until the show is running remains to be seen.
This article is a continuation and update of “Everything We Know About The King Of The Hill Reboot” featured below.
“King of the Hill Wiki.” Fandom, https://kingofthehill.fandom.com/wiki/Main_Page.
Sharkey, Bridget. “A ‘King of the Hill’ Reboot Is Coming from the Show’s Original Creators.” ABC 10 News San Diego KGTV, ABC 10 News San Diego KGTV, 1 Feb. 2023, https://www.10news.com/a-king-of-the-hill-reboot-is-coming-from-the-shows-original-creators#:~:text=Hulu%20is%20bringing%20back%20%E2%80%9CKing,cast%20at%20San%20Francisco%20Sketchfest.