Happy day for fans and makers of Comedy Central’s South Park!
The network announced it had reached a deal with Trey Parker and Matt Stone to keep new episodes of South Park in production through a 20th season in 2016. Parker and Stone will continue to write, direct and edit every episode, as they have since the premiere of the series in 1997.
From the press release:
“The collective genius of Matt and Trey knows no bounds,” said Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless. “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.”
“Comedy Central has been our home for 15 years and we love working there,” said Parker and Stone. “‘South Park’ is a blast and we can’t wait to make more.”
The show debuted on Aug. 13, 1997, and averaged more than 3.5 million viewers in its current 15th season. South Park also ranked as the #1 show on TV on Wednesday night among men aged 18-24, and tops in cable among all adults 18-49.
At this year’s New York Comic-Con, it also was revealed that a full-length documentary movie about Matt and Trey is in the works.