Monday, August 27, 2007

Respect Their Authorita—South Park Gets 3 More Seasons

While Tom Cruise, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Paris Hilton and alleged psychic friend John Edward may not be jumping for joy at the news, the rest of the uncivilized world—including FanBoyWonder—are stoked to hear that South Park has been renewed for three more seasons.

Comedy Central announced today that South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and the network have agreed to a three-season extension of the topical, funny but oh so naughty cartoon.

FanBoyWonder extends a special thanks to our day-job colleague Mike “X” for alerting us to this news.

As part of the agreement, Parker and Stone will produce an additional three seasons—14 episodes per season—of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning South Park, taking the series beyond its current deal, which was set to expire at the end of 2008, to keep new episodes of the show on Comedy Central through 2011.

The show is currently in its 11th season.

Parker and Stone will continue to write, direct and edit every episode of "South Park," as they have since the premiere of the series in August 1997, according to the meticulously sanitized corporate press release.

"Three more years of 'South Park' will give us the opportunity to offend that many more people,” said Stone in a statement. “And since Trey and I are in charge of the digital side of 'South Park,' we can offend people on their cell phones, game consoles, and computers too. It's all very exciting for us."

A big part of the deal calls for Comedy Central to create South Park Digital Studios. The strategic alliance includes the formation of a digital animation studio at "South Park" headquarters in Los Angeles that will serve as the new home for all digital extensions of the South Park franchise as well as an incubator for new animated projects.

In monetary terms, the deal is reportedly worth up to $75 million. “Oh Hamburgers!”

In other words, Matt and Trey aren’t just doing it for the money. They’re doing it for a S**T-load of money!!!!

Look for new episodes of "South Park" to begin on Wednesday, October 3 at 10:00 p.m. EST—check your local listings.


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