The kids from South Park are not going anywhere for a long time, as Comedy Central has just officially renewed the series for several more seasons. Ahead of the season 23 premiere, the network announced their renewal of South Park through season 26, guaranteeing at least 30 more episodes and 327 overall. In their press release, Comedy Central touts South Park's accomplishments as cable's highest-rated primetime comedy for six consecutive years. The series is also the most popular cable comedy series on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube with over 48 million fans across the social media platforms. Needless to say, the decision for the network to keep South Park around is very easy to understand.
"South Park is the greatest comedy in the history of television, unmatched in its satirical strength and cultural relevancy and it shows no signs of slowing down," says Comedy Central President Kent Alterman.
He adds that historians from the future will see series creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker as the "transcendent artists" of our era, like The Beatles and Muhammed Ali before them, and that the network will let the two do as many seasons as they'd like. "Apparently, our efforts to get our own show cancelled have fallen short," Stone and Parker say in response, adding they're looking forward to "new cancellation opportunities" in the future.
As always, Stone and Parker will continue to write, direct, and edit every episode of South Park as they've been doing since the start. The two are known for spending very little time working on each particular episode, tackling each one from start-to-finish on a weekly basis. This has definitely led to some of the most bizarre and politically incorrect storylines ever shown on an animated series on television. Still, the results speak for themselves, as their creative strategy is clearly working. Stone and Parker will also be executive producing alongside Anne Garefino and Frank C. Agnone II. Eric Stough, Adrien Beard, Bruce Howell, and Vernon Chatman are also producing.
At this rate, it would appear South Park has the best shot at surpassing The Simpsons one day as the longest-running animated series on television. Stone and Parker are showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon, and the franchise is clearly just as popular as ever. Still, hoping to uncrown The Simpsons in this regard would require some patience, as South Park's total episode count is still not even half of what we've seen from the Fox series thus far. The Simpsons has also been renewed by Fox for multiple new seasons and the franchise's new owners at Disney have also had talks with producers about making another movie. The Simpsons will premiere its 31st season on Sept. 29.
As for South Park, fans of the show can check back in with Cartman, Kenny, Stan, and Kyle when the hit animated series returns to Comedy Central on Sept. 25. With so many crazy stories from the headlines for the satirical series to poke fun at, there's really no telling what we're going to see happen in season 23. This news comes to us from Comedy Central.