During its UpFront presentation, Comedy Central announced that it has added Atom TV to its 2008-2009 lineup. Bringing the best shorts and webisodes from Atom.com to the tube, the show will premiere on Monday, June 2 at 2 a.m. The cable outlet will also air its popular three-part South Park saga as South Park Imaginationland: The Movie, complete with new material, on Sunday, July 27 at 10 p.m.
A division of Viacom’s MTVN Entertainment Group, AtomFilms is a pioneer in online video. The site has hosted a number of widely viewed animated shorts, including JibJab’s 2004 election parody, This Land, Aardman’s Angry Kid and Star Wars fan film favorites including Star Wars Gangsta Rap. More recently, the site hosted Kung-Fu Election, an interactive game and animated music video featuring bloody death matches between presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards, Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Mike Huckabee.
The South Park ‘Imaginationland’ will, for the first time on network television, be aired as a feature-length, director’s cut film featuring previously unaired footage created specially for the movie. The network hopes the additional material will entice fans to tune in again to watch Kyle, Stan, Cartman, Butters, Al Gore and Mel Gibson as they follow terrorists to the gates of hell in a bid to make the world safe for everyone’s imagination. The trilogy of episodes originally aired in October and brought in about 10 million viewers, delivering Comedy Central’s highest ratings of the year. Comedy Central Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment released ‘Imaginationland’ on home video in March. The special DVD release is uncensored and includes additional footage created exclusively for the DVD.