South Park Not Ending

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Crisis averted, people!

The internet (including our site) has been abuzz with panic about the cryptic double meaning in the South Park mid-season finale.

Amongst all the hearsay and rumours, I couldn’t find anything official about whether or not creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker had signed a new deal with Comedy Central to extend the show past 2011, and so I contacted Comedy Central PR to get the final word.

The official news is that the show will continue until 2013, in the same format of two runs of seven episodes a year.

Settled.

The episode that freaked fans out had Stan’s parents break up and move out of South Park, while Stan’s friends shun him for being such a pessimist. But it was the ominous argument between Randy and Sharon that sparked many a worried forum thread.

“How long can we keep doing this?” Sharon cries, and approaches the camera as she complains about how “every week it’s kinda the same story in a different way, but it just keeps getting more and more ridiculous.” Fans have come to expect a comment from South Park about some kind of issue, and this one seemed particularly personal; the creators are bored.

This season’s apparent decline in quality was also considered a sign of fatigue. However, the boys came fresh from launching their Broadway show The Book of Mormon, and apparently skipped the usual pre-season two-week preparation time, including a writer’s retreat, where ideas for the season’s stories are thrown around. This is likely the cause of a below-average run, but if The Book of Mormon‘s success is anything to go by – the show picked up nine Tony Awards this week, including Best Musical – the guys are not finished yet.

So if they are continuing, what did the episode mean? The show is known for changing things up occasionally. After five years of killing Kenny in every episode, the joke got old and he died permanently, before returning without explanation and only dying when it served the story. Teacher Mr. Garrison was a closet homosexual, then became openly gay, then got a sex change, became a lesbian for a while and finally had another operation to become a man again. The boys moved up to the fourth grade, and Butters became a central character.

This could just be another transitional time in the show’s history. Stan’s parents have broken up, Stan apparently doesn’t live in South Park any more, and it was even indicated that Kyle and Cartman may be getting closer. Whatever happens in the rest of the season, beginning October, it will definitely be interesting to see where they take it.

Phew. I’m resting easy now, knowing I have at least two more years of goin’ down to South Park.

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  • Luke Halliday

    Let’s all look forward to a change in the shows formula. Hopefully this is for the best and we will get a better South Park for it.

  • Cellophane Girl

    Cool. I enjoy South Park and I would hate to see it go.
    I was pretty happy to hear that they won nine Tony’s for “The book of Mormon” as well. 🙂

  • phewww thats a relief

  • Debsafan

    I have every season on DVD, But I would be lost without South Park. I hope it goes on forever.

  • Azure Dee

    My entire family are finally relieved to learn that South Park is not ending! There’s no other show that can compare to south parks comedy. Thank you Matt and Trey, keep up the good work! Weaver_Johnson family

  • RAWR RAWR

    Nothing says “Knowing what to do” like a TV show that’s created within a week. The idea, technically is that Stan is moved away, maybe the rest of the season is without him. He’s become one of the more MAJOR CHARACTERS, getting more screen time than Kyle and Kenny, and CARTMAN is up there. Both STAN and CARTMAN are the MAJOR MAJOR characters, but with Stan, most likely gone, We’ll see where this goes, won’t we.

  • The next season might play out like the 6th, after Kenny died permanently (for a while, at least). So the boys were trying to deal with it, looking for a fourth member of the group, developed different relationships, etc.

    It would be interesting to see how they deal with the loss of Stan, and I’d like to see how Stan is coping in another town.

    But with a story arc like this, hopefully they don’t neglect to keep the sharp current affair satire in each episode as well.

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