When "South Park" debuted in 1997, no one could have predicted that it would become one of the longest running animated series of all time. And it's about to run a lot longer.
Earlier today, Comedy Central announced a three year renewal of "South Park" which will take it through its 20th season in 2016. "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone were already contracted through the seventeenth season prior to this deal.
“The collective genius of Matt and Trey knows no bounds,” said Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless in a statement. ”Week after week and season after season they continue to surprise and delight 'South Park' fans, and that includes all of us here at Comedy Central. We’re thrilled that the adventures of Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman will continue through 2016.”
Parker and Stone added a brief statement of their own: “Comedy Central has been our home for 15 years and we love working there. 'South Park' is a blast and we can’t wait to make more.”
"South Park" takes place in a fictional Colorado town of the same name as it follows the exploits for four boys, Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, the infamous Eric Cartman and the death prone Kenny McCormick. Since its premiere on Comedy Central, the series has become wildly popular, spinning off into merchandising, video games and even the 1999 film, "South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut."
With the latest renewal, "South Park" will join "The Simpsons" as one of the few scripted shows to last for 20 seasons; a feat particularly rare for an animated series.
The second half of the fifteenth season is currently airing on Comedy Central, Wednesday nights at 10pm.