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King of the Hill Gets Nine Lives

KING OF THE HILL has shown it is one of the top cats of primetime animation, receiving an early pickup from Fox Broadcasting Co. for a ninth season, guaranteeing the Texas toon a run through May 2005. The series, which airs Sundays in the U.S. at 7:30 pm on FOX, is in production on the 2003-2004 season, which premieres later this fall.

The animated sitcom about Hank Hill, his family and their neighbors in the fictional suburb of Arlen, Texas, in the heartland of America, will welcome and reckon with special guest voice appearances from celebrities that include: Brad Pitt, Ben Stiller, Christina Applegate and the first American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson.

KING OF THE HILL recently celebrated its 150th milestone episode, and has received numerous accolades throughout the past seven seasons since it debuted in January 1997. The series is licensed in almost 40 countries around the world, including Germany, France, Chile, South Africa, Kuwait, Slovenia, Norway, Spain, Ireland, Mexico, Israel, Japan and the U.K.

Mike Judge and Greg Daniels are co-creators/exec producers and Michael Rotenberg, Howard Klein, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky are exec producers for KING OF THE HILL. Altschuler and Krinsky are set to ride in the saddle again as showrunners through its ninth season.

The half-hour series is a 20th Century Fox Television Production in association with 3 Arts Entertainment and Film Roman. 20th Century Fox's home entertainment unit recently released the show's first season on DVD.