It feels like South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have taken their foot off the accelerator in recent years, focusing more on their critical and commercial theatre success, The Book of Mormon.
Their focus is clearly still with the subversive animated comedy, however, with Stone and Parker renewing the show until season 30, with 14 original films based on the series also due for production.
A mainstay of satirical comedy on Comedy Central since 1997, South Park is one of animation’s most successful products, sparking a cultural obsession upon its release in the late-90s. The new landmark deal will see the show continue until 2027, also including 14 original films based on South Park for Paramount+. The deal follows previous outings of the show, The Pandemic Special and South ParQ Vaccination Special, the first of which was nominated for Outstanding Animated Program at the 2021 Emmy Awards.
Releasing a joint statement, Stone and Parker commented: “Comedy Central has been our home for 25 years and we’re really happy that they’ve made a commitment to us for the next 75 years”.
Continuing, the duo commented on their success with the previous Covid-19 specials, noting: “When we came to ViacomCBS with a different way to produce the show during the pandemic, Chris (McCarthy), Nina (Diaz), Keyes (Hill-Edgar) and Tanya (Giles) were immediately supportive and enabled us to try something new that turned out to be really well received”.
Continuing, they both noted, “We can’t wait to get back to doing traditional South Park episodes but now we can also try out new formats. It’s great to have partners who will always take a chance with us”.
President-CEO of MTV entertainment and chief content officer of adult entertainment at Paramount+, Chris McCarthy commented, “Matt and Trey are world-class creatives who brilliantly use their outrageous humour to skewer the absurdities of our culture and we are excited to expand and deepen our long relationship with them”.