Kyle, Eric, Stan, Kenny and the rest of their fourth grade class and crew will keep their faithful fans and viewers entertained for another three years. The rambunctious South Park bunch will continue to air on Comedy Central for three more seasons.
South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have just signed on to write, direct and edit new episodes of the Emmy award-winning cartoon for the next three years. The pair behind Comedy Central’s highest rated show since 1997 just inked a lucrative deal reportedly worth $75 million with Comedy Central’s parent company, Viacom. The agreement also includes a landmark joint venture to form South Park Digital Studios, which will be responsible for the development of various forms of South Park digital content.
“Three more years of South Park will give us the opportunity to offend that many more people,” Stone declared in a statement released last Monday. “And since Trey and I are in charge of the digital side of South Park, we can offend people on their cell phones, game consoles, and computers too. It’s all very exciting for us.”
For his part, MTV Networks’ Entertainment Group president, Doug Herzog, thinks that the South Park extension and corresponding creation of the digital facility mark a significant chapter in their partnership with the South Park architects.
“This extension and the formation of the joint venture are the beginnings of a new era for South Park and Comedy Central and a natural evolution of our long-term and prosperous relationship with Trey and Matt,” Herzog stated. “With the new partnership in South Park Digital Studios and the creation of the digital animation studio, we have a tremendous opportunity to truly maximize the potential of the franchise and the incredible creative talents of Matt and Trey across every imaginable platform.”
With the renewal of the animated series, Stone and Parker are set to churn out 14 episodes for each of the three seasons that will take South Park through to 2011.
-Rosario Santiago, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: E! Online
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