Clearly, “South Park” has no plans to go off the air anytime soon. As a result of the latest renewal, the series is going to be around up until 2019.
Today, the network specifically ordered 30 more episodes to span three seasons, and this comes after it already had a renewal for season 19 and 20. It’s a huge show of confidence for a show that is expanding so much beyond just being on traditional television. While primetime network ratings may not be what they once were, this show has a robust lineup on Hulu, and that will continue to grow and expand over time. If there was ever a series designed to really generate traffic and stream on the internet, this is probably it.
In a statement confirming the news today, Viacom Music and Entertainment Group president Doug Herzog had the following to say:
“Nearly two decades later, ‘South Park’ today remains as important and influential as any series on any platform and has become one of the most recognizable brands to ever come out of television … Through South Park Digital Studios we will continue to aggressively expand the reach of the ‘South Park’ brand by pursuing additional extensions and licensing opportunities worldwide.”
Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone will continue to write and direct these episodes, which are notorious both for being controversial and for also being produced at times mere days before they come on the air. There is not another show on TV like it, which is probably why it continues to find such success.
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