I whiled away the afternoon at Film Roman/Starz Media, underneath the flight pattern of the Bob Hope Airport ...
The last vestiges of King of the Hill -- the employees in the retake depart -- exit at the end of August. Then KOTH will be history, production-wise, and one of the longer-running prime-time comedies of our era will come to an end (except for repeats.)
The Goode Family, produced right next to King of the Hill, has been cancelled by ABC, but one of Goode's alumni said to me:
"The Goode Family ratings dropped after its first few weeks, but the producers want to find it another home, and say they're going to try. Maybe "Adult Swim", maybe somewhere else. They don't want it to go away ..."
To which I say, good luck, since we need all the animation we can get.
Elsewhere at Film Roman, at least part of The Simpsons crew is feeling a bit better about the work schedules. "We've gotten into a kind of a groove. The work gets intense, and sometimes we just sit here waiting for another department to catch up, but we suck it up and charge along. We want to make the show as good as possible. We're still proud of what we do."
Which is one of the reasons, I think, that The Simpsons is still on after twenty seasons.