King of the Hill for 13 seasons and counting

king-of-the-hill.jpgFOX has given a 13-episode order to the animated comedy “King of the Hill,” bringing the series back for its 13th season.

The somewhat limited order shouldn’t be taken as a bad sign for proud Texans Hank, Peggy and Bobby Hill. FOX has reliably left “King of the Hill” in renewal limbo only to realize the value of its stead, albeit unspectacular, performances on Sunday night for well over a decade.

All of the show’s core vocal cast members — including Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon, Brittany Murphy, Tom Petty, Johnny Hardwick and Stephen Root — are expected to return. Created by Judge, “King of the Hill” has had the second longest run of any animated program in primetime history. Only “The Simpsons” has lasted longer. “King of the Hill” won the 1999 Emmy for outstanding animated program. –

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