Comedy Central has renewed the animated primetime series that put it on the map, giving creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone at least three more years to wreak havoc on their fictional Colorado town via foul-mouthed tykes Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny. With the new contract, fans can look forward to 42 brand-spanking-new episodes to roll out between now and 2008.
Parker and Stone will continue to write, direct and edit every episode of South Park, turning out 14 installments each year. Comedy Central will begin airing new episodes on Oct.19 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT).
“I was at Comedy Central when we launched the first season of South Park, and I am thrilled to see them continue through 2008,” says network president Doug Herzog. “Matt and Trey are creative geniuses and a huge part of the Comedy Central family and we look forward to continued success.”
South Park first aired in 1997 and has garnered Emmy nominations for its adult social satire sugar-coated in crude and silly animation. The series even spawned a big-screen feature, South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, which earned an Oscar nomination for the song "Blame Canada." Now in its ninth season, South Park remains the highest-rated series on Comedy Central, home to such hit programs The Daily Show with John Stewart, Reno 911 and Chapelles Show.
Financial terms of the new contract have not been disclosed. The deal was negotiated by with Parkers and Stones attorney, Kevin Morris of Barnes, Morris, Klein, Mark, Yorn, Barnes & Levine. The duo is represented by William Morris.