NEW YORK, November 16, 2011 – Trey Parker and Matt Stone have reached a new deal with COMEDY CENTRAL to extend cable’s longest-running animated series, “South Park,” it was announced today by Michele Ganeless, president, COMEDY CENTRAL. The deal for three additional seasons ensures the top-rated Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning series will remain in original episodes through 2016 and a milestone 20th 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 1997.
“The collective genius of Matt and Trey knows no bounds,” said Ganeless. “Week after week and season after season they continue to surprise and delight ‘South Park’ fans, and that includes all of us here at COMEDY CENTRAL. We’re thrilled that the adventures of Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman will continue through 2016.”
“COMEDY CENTRAL has been our home for 15 years and we love working there,” said Parker and Stone. “‘South Park’ is a blast and we can’t wait to make more.”
Recently voted “The Greatest Animated TV Series” in a poll conducted by Entertainment Weekly, “South Park,” which wraps its 15th season tonight, averaged over 3.5 million viewers per episode during its most recent season (most current data), in which it was the #1 show in all of television among Men 18-24 in Wednesday Prime and the #1 show in cable among Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34, Adults 18-24, Men 18-34 and Men 18-24 in Wednesday Prime. The series has also accumulated 35 million fans on Facebook, making it the most-liked series in cable and the #3 series in all of television.
“South Park” launched on August 13, 1997 and premiered its 15th season on April 27, 2011.
Co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are executive producers, along with Anne Garefino, of the Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning “South Park.” Frank C. Agnone II is the supervising producer. Eric Stough, Adrien Beard, Bruce Howell and Vernon Chatman are producers. “South Park’s” Web site is www.southparkstudios.com. The series airs Wednesday nights at 10:00 p.m. and repeats later that night at midnight (all times ET/PT).
The agreement with COMEDY CENTRAL was negotiated for Parker and Stone by their attorney Kevin Morris of Morris, Yorn. They are also represented by WME.
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