Trey Parker and Matt Stone have reached a new deal with Comedy Central to extend cable’s longest-running animated series, South Park. The deal for three additional seasons ensures the series will remain in original episodes through 2016, reaching its 20th season. Parker and Stone will continue to write, direct and edit every episode as they have since the premiere of the series in 1997.
South Park, which recently wrapped its 15th season, averaged over 3.5 million viewers per episode during its most recent season, in which it was the #1 show in all of television among Men 18-24 in Wednesday Prime and the #1 show in cable among Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34, Adults 18-24, Men 18-34 and Men 18-24 in Wednesday Prime.
South Park’s 200th episode airs Wednesday, April 14, 2010.
Seth MacFarlane has something to be happy about today as his show, Family Guy, has been nominated in the Best Comedy category for the 61st annual Emmys. This is the first time in 50 years that an animated series has been nominated in that category. Family Guy will go up against Entourage, Flight of the Conchords, How I Met Your Mother, The Office, 30 Rock and Weeds.
In the Outstanding Animated Program (for programming less than one hour), the nominees are:
American Dad’s “Sixteen-Hundred Candles”
Robot Chicken’s “Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II”
South Park’s “Margaritaville”
The Simpsons’ “Gone Maggie Gone.”
In the Outstanding Animated Program (for programming one hour or more), the nominees are:
Afro Samurai: Resurrection
Destination Imagination (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends)
In the Outstanding Special Class – Short-format Animated Programs, the nominees are:
Phineas and Ferb’s “The Monster Of Phineas-N-Ferbenstein”
SpongeBob SquarePants’ “Dear Vikings”
In the Outstanding Voice-Over Performance, the nominees are:
Ron Rifkin, as Narrator for American Masters’ “Jerome Robbins: Something To Dance About”
Seth MacFarlane, as Peter Griffin for Family Guy’s “I Dream of Jesus”
Seth Green, as Anakin Skywalker (among others) for Robot Chicken’s “Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II,”
Hank Azaria, as Moe Syzlak for The Simpsons’ “Eeny Teeny Maya, Moe,”
Harry Shearer, as Mr. Burns (among others) for The Simpsons’ “The Burns And The Bees”
Dan Castellaneta, as Homer Simpson for The Simpsons’ “Father Knows Worst”
Also, The Simpsons received a nomination for Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score) for the “Gone Maggie Gone” episode as well.
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Big news for South Park and Nickelodeon fans as Netflix today added hundreds of new animated episodes to their Instant Streaming service.
Users now have access for the first nine seasons of South Park, which consists of a total of 139 episodes. Also available now are Blues Clues, Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob Squarepants and others.
Available Blues Clues and Dora the Explorer episodes include the complete first and second seasons, while SpongeBob Squarepants fans can check out the third season.
Comedy Central today announced that South Park will make its Blu-ray debut when the 12th season arrives in store on March 10, 2009, day-and-date with the DVD release. The 12th season Blu-ray set will include all 14 episodes on 3 discs. The set will also include the following bonus content:
- Six Days to South Park – A Day-by-Day Making of South Park
- Six Days to South Park — The Sixth Day
- The Making of the “Major Boobage” episode
Ever wonder who does the voice of your favorite cartoon characters? Well you’re in luck as the Chicago Tribune has compiled a list of 55 characters and their real life counterparts.
Check out the full list.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on Saturday awarded the 2007-2008 Creative Arts Primetime Emmys for programs and individual achievements at the 60th Annual Emmy Awards presentation at the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.
Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour Or More)
IMAGINATIONLAND (SOUTH PARK)
Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour)
THE SIMPSONS — “Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind”
Outstanding Individual Achievement In Animation
Ben Balistreri — Character Design — Cartoon Network
FOSTER’S HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS
Teresa Drilling — Animator — CBS
CREATURE COMFORTS AMERICA
“Self Image, Winging It, Art”