'South Park' renewed through 2016: Cartman and Co. will get 20 seasons

south-park-20-seasons.jpg "South Park" ends its 15th season on Wednesday (Nov. 16), but fans of the show need not worry about coming back.

Comedy Central, which earlier this year picked up the show through 2013, has added three more seasons to the deal. "South Park" will now last into a 20th season in 2016 -- among animated prime-time series, only "The Simpsons" has lasted longer.

"South Park's" current season is averaging better than 3.5 million viewers per episode (including delayed viewing) and is Wednesday night's top show on cable in adults 18-49 and among young males. The new deal will keep creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone in place throughout the run, writing, directing and editing every episode.

"The collective genius of Matt and Trey knows no bounds," Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless says. "Week after week and season after season they continue to surprise and delight 'South Park' fans, and that includes all of us here at Comedy Central."

If Parker and Stone continue making 14 episodes per season as they've done for the past several years, the show will pass 300 episodes before the end of its 20th season.
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