King of the Hill creators Greg Daniels and Mike Judge are back in business. More than 25 years since Fox launched the beloved animated comedy, Daniels and Judge have reunited to form an animation company, Bandera Entertainment, and want to expand the genre to include as many sub-genres as live-action fare.
The duo has spent the past couple of years building up a slate of more than a dozen animated series in various stages of development at Bandera, where they work alongside former YouTube head of originals Dustin Davis on a programming roster that includes Netflix’s newly ordered Bad Crimes, starring Nicole Byer and Lauren Lapkus. The series, from creator and former Reductress editor Nicole Silverberg (Full Frontal With Samantha Bee), is described as an “adult animation dark comedy procedural” and represents the types of boundary-pushing programming Daniels and Judge want Bandera to represent.
Bad Crimes — formally picked up with a 10-episode order at Netflix — is the second show to be greenlit at Bandera, joining Freeform’s previously announced Praise Petey. While Bandera would rather keep the specifics under wraps for now, other shows in various stages of development at the company are from a who’s who of comedians and artists: Sacha Baron Cohen (“a very funny children’s show,” Judge says), Silicon Valley alum Zach Woods, Jimmy O. Yang of Daniels’ Space Force, tattoo/graffiti artist Mr. Cartoon (“we want to bring his style into animation,” Judge notes), Alison Bechdel’s iconic Dykes to Watch Out For with Carrie Brownstein, and, while they’re not ready to share official details, the return of former Fox favourite King of the Hill. Several others, including a show Daniels describes as “if Breaking Bad was a half-hour comedy,” are in the works.
While Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head revival for Comedy Central predates Bandera’s establishment, the creator says the show exemplifies the types of risk-taking the company wants to do with animation. As for what to expect, Judge hopes the new Beavis can create a larger franchise the way Norman Lear did with his groundbreaking sitcoms.
“Hopefully we can get to that point,”
Could we finally see a Beavis & Butthead and King Of The Hill crossover? We hope so….
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