There are three certainties in life: death, taxes, and South Park.
South Park has been on the air forever at this point, and thanks to a new deal, it doesn’t look like forever is ending anytime soon. Variety announced that ViacomCBS’ MTV Entertainment Studios has struck a deal with Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of the irreverent, current-event-laced cartoon about a bunch of kids in a Colorado town (but really about so much more), for another 3 seasons of the show – and a whole bunch of new movies.
14 new movies, to be exact, with all of them to air on Paramount Plus, the new streaming channel that used to be CBS All Access but changed names and added a ton of content.
“Matt and Trey are world-class creatives who brilliantly use their outrageous humor to skewer the absurdities of our culture and we are excited to expand and deepen our long relationship with them to help fuel Paramount+ and Comedy Central,” said Chris McCarthy, president-CEO of MTV Entertainment and chief content officer of adult animation for Paramount Plus. “Franchising marquee content like South Park and developing new IP with tremendous talent like Matt and Trey, is at the heart of our strategy to continue growing Paramount Plus.”
The new deal – which is worth $900 million! – ensures that new episodes of South Park will be on Comedy Central through 2027, and that Parker and Stone aren’t going to stop making content anytime soon. Something they jokingly referenced in their own statement.
“Comedy Central has been our home for 25 years and we’re really happy that they’ve made a commitment to us for the next 75 years,” said Parker and Stone. “When we came to ViacomCBS with a different way to produce the show during the pandemic, Chris (McCarthy), Nina (Diaz), Keyes (Hill-Edgar) and Tanya (Giles) were immediately supportive and enabled us to try something new that turned out to be really well received. We can’t wait to get back to doing traditional South Park episodes but now we can also try out new formats. It’s great to have partners who will always take a chance with us.”
By the time they’re done, 75 years may not seem that funny!