New Emmy Race for King of the Hill

Daily Variety reports that when Emmy time rolls around the Hill family will compete with, among others, a Seattle radio therapist, a quartet of sexy city gals and a guy everybody loves. The producers of Fox’s animated comedy King of the Hill have decided to pull out of the animation category and take on the big boys in the live-action pool.

The shift is aimed at drawing more attention to the show’s writing, which producers say is overlooked because there is no separate writing Emmy for animation. They also contend that of all the animated shows on TV, King of the Hill is the most grounded in reality since it deals with human characters in real-life situations.

In moving to the live-action list, the series will not be able to compete in any of the animation categories, meaning animation directors will miss out on their possible kudos. But sacrifices are apparently part of the plan as Hill producers prepare to lose out to shows like Frasier, Sex in the City and Friends which will have ended their long runs, until voters get used to seeing a toon in the mix. That should indeed take some time since The Simpsons had no luck when it tried to cross over in previous years.

King of the Hill took the 1999 Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program and is poised to carry the ink and paint torch for Fox when The Simpsons winds down.