Here’s something to smile about: Comedy Central has reached a deal with Trey Parker and Matt Stone to produce at least three more seasons of South Park, which will bring the series to Season 20. The two will continue to write, direct and edit all of the episodes, saying in a statement: “Comedy Central has been our home for 15 years and we love working there. South Park is a blast and we can't wait to make more."
This actually puts South Park within spitting distance of The Simpsons, currently in its twenty-third season and holder of the title of longest-running TV comedy in history. After a very public negotiations dispute with the cast, The Simpsons was extended for another two seasons, guaranteeing it 25 years on the air.
Here are some questions:
1) South Park vs. The Simpsons: Which is holding up better in its old age?
2) Which show do you think will ultimately have the longer run?
3) Bart vs. Cartman in a battle to the death: Who wins? ("All of us" is an acceptable response.)