FX has picked up hit Fox cartoon King of the Hill from News Corp that was previously shown by Sky One.
FX has picked up hit Fox cartoon King of the Hill from News Corp that was previously shown by Sky One.

Sky One has had exclusive pay-TV rights for all past seven series of the cult animation show in the UK, but following the new deal the eighth series will transfer to FX from July where it will be given a Monday night slot.

FX, which launched on Sky in January, bought the show as part of a stable of new shows for its summer schedule. Others include American football drama Playmakers from Buena Vista International and CBS military drama JAG, which will both air from next month.

A Sky spokesman said: 'We declined to take up the new series.'

Securing King of the Hill is a major coup for FX as all News Corp companies must pitch against each other for Fox content, such as The Simpsons , Malcolm in the Middle , Temptation Island and Futurama , which have traditionally been bought by Sky.