Some good news for King of the Hill fans, with series creators Greg Daniels and Mike Judge confirming on Tuesday that the beloved FOX animated sitcom would be making a return. But if you're a fan of animation overall, then you're loving the great news shared that the revival is part of. Daniels and Judge have teamed up to form the new animation company Bandera Entertainment (alongside former YouTube head of originals Dustin Davis) to broaden the reach of animation into as many storytelling genres as live-action enjoys. Running from 1997 to 2008 (for a total of 13 seasons), the series has maintained a strong fanbase and can be found in regular rotation on cable.
While the focus of the piece was on the company's upcoming Netflix animated series Bad Crimes (created by Nicole Silverberg and starring Nicole Byer & Lauren Lapkus) the THR-exclusive article also touched upon what else Bandera have in the pipeline. Along with the previously-announced Freeform series Praise Petey and the return of King of the Hill, the company has quite a few projects in various stages of development. From "a very funny children's show" from Sacha Baron Cohen and a project highlighting the talents of tattoo/graffiti artist Mr. Cartoon to Alison Bechdel's iconic Dykes to Watch Out For with Carrie Brownstein and a project described by Daniels as "if 'Breaking Bad' was a half-hour comedy," the initial slate of projects appears to be living up to the company's mission.
"We were very excited to go into different tones and different styles and try to expand the animation art form," Daniels explained to THR. "We're in a golden age for content, right? That's animation, too. That was one of the things we were talking about in founding the company: 'Let's push animation into all these different genres'. Mostly what Bandera is doing is trying to get us in more of a supervisory goal; that's what we've been really concentrating on: using our taste and the people we've worked with and trying to help other people achieve their visions that we think are cool." Adds Judge: "There's one show that I might be a co-creator of but the rest, it's mentoring other people and getting people together and being a studio in that regard."