Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Texas-Based ‘King Of The Hill’ Inspired By New Mexico Youth

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The long-running Fox animated series King Of The Hill is set in Texas but creator Mike Judge admits it’s based on his youth in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Judge says many of the characters are based on people who met while on his paper route because, he admits, “Albuquerque has a lot of Texas transplants – and we helped each other with their lawns.”

King Of The Hill celebrates its 200th episode on Sunday (May 14) and Judge says part of the show’s strength is that there hasn’t been much change in the characters.

As he puts it, “Fox executives have asked for more ‘life-changing episodes’ but if you do that, you don’t have anything left.”

Another reason why he thinks the show has lasted so long is because he never strived to reach the 200-episode goal.

In his words, “I try to follow the Alcoholic’s Anonymous approach: One season, or one episode, at a time.

King Of The Hill will be around a little while longer: Fox will air 22 episodes next season, compared to only five new shows that aired this season.

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