Unlike Kenny, adult animated comedy shows never die, and “South Park” is still going strong more than 25 years later. The 26th season of the Comedy Central institution will premiere on February 8, the cable channel announced on Friday.
Created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the series is set in the titular (and fictional) small town in Colorado and follows four best friends – Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman and Kenny McCormick – as they deal with various issues. (often current, often demented) problems in the city and beyond. A regular source of controversy since its premiere in 1997, “South Park” remains one of Comedy Central’s most popular series and one of its most acclaimed, winning five Primetime Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award during its run.
Although the six-episode 25th season of “South Park” premiered a year ago, season 26 will not be the first new “South Park” since then. As part of an overall deal with MTV Entertainment Studios and Paramount, Parker and Stone released a two-part Paramount+ special, “The Streaming Wars,” which premiered last June and July. The special was the third of 14 planned “South Park” specials to air on Paramount’s main streaming service; “The Streaming Wars” followed 2021’s “South Park: Post Covid” and “South Park: The Return of Covid.” In an interview that year, Parker and Stone described their $900 million Paramount Global deal as “fuck the money” to create what they want and do what they want with the series.
“The performance is 22 minutes long. It’s a sitcom. Ancient in a way. But we still really love it. There are episodes of “South Park” that are pretty imaginative, and if you wanted to make a movie, you could. We want to scratch both itches. We feel like we can do it,” Stone said in the interview. “We have this idea where the first installment of Paramount+ is ‘South Park,’ but not quite. We have a high concept idea for the first one to differentiate. But right after that, we’re going to go back and do a six-episode series for Comedy Central and HBO Max, probably late this year or early next year. The classic kind. But first the film, either in one part or divided into two parts. Creatively, we look at it as one big piece. Like a 90-minute movie.”
Under Parker and Stone’s deal with MTV, “South Park” is expected to run on Comedy Central through 2027, for a total of at least 30 seasons of the animated comedy.
“South Park” season 26 episodes air Fridays on Comedy Central. The channel released a trailer for the upcoming season; take a look below.
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