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'South Park' gets renewed for 3 more seasons

Trey Parker and Matt Stone
Trey Parker and Matt Stone
Comedy Central

I dare you to find a show that has had a bigger cultural and global impact while remaining true to the original idea and being left alone by the network than “South Park.”

Today Comedy Central announced that they have reached a deal with creators Trey Park and Matt Stone to keep the animated comedy on the air for three more seasons until 2016 and its 20th season.

“The collective genius of Matt and Trey knows no bounds,” said Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless in a press release. “Week after week and season after season they continue to surprise and delight South Park fans.”

Over the last 14 plus seasons, “South Park” has been nominated for nine Emmy Awards (winning four) and received a Peabody Award, CableACE Award and was nominated for a GLAAD award for best individual episode in 1998.

There has been a lot of fear among fans that South Park had met the end of its run, especially with Parker and Stone dominating the Tony Awards earlier this year after their first Broadway Musical “The Book of Mormon” became a smash hit.

There was also concern when the network and creators had some heated words over the last minute censorship by the network of the 200th episode which featured a two part plot surround the Prophet Muhammad, that the show had come to an abrupt end. Currently the episode can still not be seen on the South Park Studios website, which holds every episode of the series.

Without Parker and Stone there is no “South Park.” The duo act as head writer, director, producer and almost the entire voice cast collectively. Since starting in 1997, the show has been a hands-on project for the team, completing episodes in just a weeks time, sometimes finishing the morning of air.

In past interviews, the duo has said they will continue to do the show as long as it’s fun and as long as Comedy Central will have them. It looks like we have at least five more years of fun left.


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