Monsignor Martinez live action pilot (lost King of the Hill spin-off; 2000)
|The titular character, as he appears in King of the Hill.|
Commissioned by Fox in 2000 was a live action pilot episode of Monsignor Martinez, the fictional show as seen in the broadcaster's animated series King of the Hill; it starred Argentinian actor Ivo Cutzarida in the titular role.
The pilot, titled "In the Beginning" was written by both Mike Judge and Greg Daniels (co-creators of King of the Hill) and Jim Dauterive (who served as executive producer and writer for the aforementioned animation), thought it was ultimately declined by Fox, who opted out of airing it. Not a great deal of information on the episode has ever surfaced, although actor David Herman (who voiced John Smith in the pilot and who is known for voicing a number of characters in King of the Hill) once recalled in an interview that it was both funny and abound with social commentary, but suggested that it was canned due to Fox not wanting "a Catholic priest going around shooting at people."
Co-writer Dauterive, when asked about the availability of the short via Twitter, alleged that it had been posted to YouTube at one point, though that it was later removed on copyright claim. Additionally, at least one person has claimed to have been sent a VHS screener copy of the episode shortly after it was produced, although said claim has never been verified and the pilot, as of this writing, remains inaccessible.
- IMDb page on the pilot. Last retrieved 11 Feb 2015.
- The King of the Hill Fansite trivia page. Last retrieved 11 Feb 2015.
- Tweet from Jim Dauterive in which it was alleged that the pilot was once available via YouTube; 08 Oct 2014. Last retrieved 11 Feb 2015.
- IMDb thread in which a user claims to have seen the episode via a screener VHS tape; 18 Jul 2010. Last retrieved 11 Feb 2015.