Although Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick have been on TV for 18 seasons, the fourth graders have still yet to graduate elementary school. But it doesn’t seem like anyone much cares about that, as Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s raucous, culturally-influential comedy was just given an extension on the Comedy Central network through 2019.
South Park‘s new agreement extends cable’s longest-running primetime scripted series
by 3 seasons and 30 Episodes running through its milestone 300th episode. Awesome news.
The 19th season is set to premiere Wednesday, September 16th, and Comicbook.com has the low-down on the show’s new deal:
Trey Parker and Matt Stone have signed a new contract with Comedy Central that renews for three more seasons and 30 episodes, through Season 23 and episode 304.
A separate deal also extends South Park Digital Studios’ deal with Hulu to cover streaming rights for the new episodes.
“Nearly two decades later, South Park today remains as important and influential as any series on any platform and has become one of the most recognizable brands to ever come out of television,” said Doug Herzog, President, Viacom Music & Entertainment Group in a press release. “Through South Park Digital Studios we will continue to aggressively expand the reach of the South Park brand by pursuing additional extensions and licensing opportunities worldwide.”
“South Park remains the bedrock of Comedy Central and we are thrilled that new episodes will continue to entertain audiences for years to come,” said Ganeless. “The series remains as urgent and relevant now as the day it premiered and at nearly 20 seasons in it continues to draw generations of new fans.”
Said Parker and Stone: “We love working for Doug and with everyone at Comedy Central. They’ve given us an insane level of artistic and creative freedom for almost 20 years. They walk the walk.”
You can read the South Park press release in its entirety here.