South Park will outlive us all.
Comedy Central has handed out a three-season renewal to the animated comedy series, taking it through its 26th season.
Multi-season renewals are not new with this series. It previously garnered a three-season renewal just ahead of its Season 19 premiere.
South Park Season 23, premiering Wednesday, September 25 at 10/9c will include the highly anticipated 300th episode.
“Apparently, our efforts to get our own show cancelled have fallen short,” series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone said in a statement, in response to the cartoon’s Season 22 #CancelSouthPark campaign.
“Luckily, we love Comedy Central and [network president] Kent [Alterman] and our staff, so we are looking forward to new cancellation opportunities in the next few years.”
Alterman added: “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… If humanity is still intact in 1000 years, historians will see the most transcendent artists of our era as The Beatles, Muhammed Ali and Matt and Trey. We’ll do as many seasons as they would like.”
Parker and Stone, the co-creators of the series, will continue to write, direct and edit every episode of South Park, something they have done since the series debut in 1997.
The renewal is for ten new episodes per season, meaning that the series will be on the air for at least 327 episodes, a feat that is pretty much unheard of these days.
The series remains a popular option, being the highest-rated cable comedy in Primetime for six consecutive years in Adults 18-49.
On Comedy Central alone, the cabler says that fans have consumed over 18.3 billion episodes on the cabler alone. This is the equivalent of over seven billion hours.
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