Hulu head of content Craig Erwich announced at TCA today that the streaming website was landing the exclusive steaming rights to South Park“. Starting July 12, Hulu will stream all 244 episodes for free until September 24 when they switch to Hulu Plus. “South Park ranks in our top 10 shows each month and hits the sweet spot for our demo,” said Erwich, “We’ll have every season of the series.” The deal is between Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s South Park Studios, a joint venture between Viacom and the South Park creators.
In a surprise appearance at the Hulu, Parker and Stone expounded on the news. Said Stone, “We worked with the Viacom player a few years ago, and there would be glitches and bugs following the upload of South Park. However, Hulu was out of the gate fast and had a better player. We looked at their player with envy, and we always wanted to have the best possible platform for our show.”
Parker quipped about Hulu, “We wanted to rip off their technology.” Read More »
For the first time in South Park‘s 17-season, 240-ish-episode history, its creators blew deadline. Tonight’s episode did not get finished, Comedy Central said this afternoon. “On Tuesday night, South Park Studios lost power,” the network said. “From animation to rendering to editing and sound, all of their computers were down for hours, and they were unable to finish episode 1704 Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers in time for air tonight.” Said co-creator Trey Parker in a statement, “It sucks to miss an airdate, but after all these years of tempting fate by delivering the show last minute, I guess it was bound to happen.”
The new episode will air October 23. Tonight, Comedy Central will offer a rerun Live-Tweeted (I know, oxymoronic) presentation of Scott Tenorman Must Die at 10 PM ET/PT.The animated comedy series is much-loved by fans for its on-the-fly production schedule, which allows Parker and Matt Stone to weigh in very quickly on hot-button issues of that moment. Except when there’s a power outage that bites them in the backside.
Here’s an action shot of the South Park team dealing with the blackout. Check out a few more after the jump:
Things are looking up in South Park. The Season 17 premiere on Wednesday was up big over the Comedy Central show’s Season 16 debut on March 14, 2012. In its highest-rated episode in four years, the 10 PM season opener was up 70% among adults 18-49 with a 1.8 rating, up 76% with adults 18-34 and with 2.887 million watching up 56% in total viewers over the previous cycle’s debut. Over three plays last night, the South Park Season 17 debut drew 4.43 million viewers and was the highest-rated series on cable among the key 18-49 demo for the night. The return of new episodes of Cartman, Stan, Kyle and Kenny after over a year also helped their lead-out. With a 1.0 rating, the second week of Season 3 of Key & Peele. was up 37% among the 18-49s over its September 18 season debut. The 10:30 PM sketch comedy showalso rose 49% in the 18-34 demo
Later today Trey Parker and Matt Stone are going to declare their new Important Studios open for business (press release is below). On Monday, reports the New York Times, the South Parkand Book of Mormon co-creators will announce a new production studio. “Having worked with several different studios over the years, we came to realize that our favorite people in the world are ourselves,” the Times quotes the yet-unreleased Important Studios press release from the duo. Parker and Stone will use revenue from their very successful South Park, now in its 16th season on Comedy Central, and their Broadway blockbuster Book of Mormon to fund Important Studios to produce TV, Theater and Feature film projects – like a movie based on their Tony Award winning musical. But it’s not just their money on the table. In a deal partially orchestrated by WME’s Ari Emanuel, boutique bank The Raine Group have reportedly $60 million in Important Studios for approximately 20% of the company. WME has an investment itself in the media and sports focused bank. Both Parker and Stone are themselves both represented by WME.
South Park‘s Eric Cartman apparently believes he has a hand in the outcome of the presidential race. But the election-themed episode titled Obama Wins! doesn’t air until tomorrow. Below is a clip of Cartman letting Kyle in on a little secret:
‘Arthur Christmas’ Slays ‘Em In The UK Sony Pictures Animation and Aardman’s Arthur Christmas jumped to the top of the UK box office this weekend – in its fourth week of release. This bit of holiday magic came courtesy of a £1.9 million weekend take for a cume of £11.5 million. The film has been holding steady in second place since it bowed on November 11 and this weekend faced off against Happy Feet Two for the family audience. Largely positive notices and the British voice cast — including James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton — have no doubt been a local draw. Sony Pictures Releasing UK’s Peter Taylor said: “Opening a movie at No. 1 in such a competitive market as the UK is difficult enough, but to reach the top of the chart in the fourth week of release is almost unprecedented. We are all delighted.”
Tom Hooper Decides Against 3D For ‘Les Miserables’ Although director Tom Hooper flirted with the idea of filming the new movie version of the hit stage musical Les Miserables in 3D, the Oscar-winning helmer of The King’s Speech has decided to stick with 2D. Hooper told the BBC he had been “very tempted” to use 3D but worried that some audiences might “physically struggle” with the format. Not to worry, purists. “I can definitely announce it’s good old-fashioned 2D,” Hooper said at the British Independent Film Awards. “I wanted to make a film that would touch everyone. I believe the story is so strong, 3D is not essential.” Hooper added that the casting of Eponine and Cosette would be announced soon. “I’ve never done a film where big star actors are as obsessed with being in it as this.” Starring Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe as Javert, Read More »
Cable’s longest-running animated series South Park is headed for the 20-season mark. Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of the no-holds-barred animated comedy, have closed a new deal with Comedy Central for three more seasons of South Park. The pact will keep the series on through 2016, extending its run to 20 seasons. Parker and Stone will continue to write, direct and edit every episode of South Park, as they have since the series’ premiere in 1997. “The collective genius of Matt and Trey knows no bounds,” Comedy Central’s president Michele Ganeless said. “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. We’re thrilled that the adventures of Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman will continue through 2016.”
From the much-hyped roast of Charlie Sheen to the debut of new series Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution; the cable premiere of 30 Rock and the return of Tosh.0, Workaholics and South Park; and Jeff Dunham, Donald Glover, Al’ Yankovic, Craig Ferguson and Carlos Mencia specials, here are Comedy Central’s fall premiere dates: Read More »
The latest target for the pranksters from Comedy Central’s South Park: Apple CEO Steve Jobs. In a clip from the upcoming 15th season premiere of the politically incorrect animated series, Jobs is introducing a new revolutionary product. Let’s just say that the Apple research team won’t be taking notes.
Comedy Central’s Tosh.0 continues to grow, surging to a new series high on Wednesday night when it drew 2.4 million viewers, eclipsing its previous all-time high by more than 20%. This was Comedy Central’s highest-rated telecast in the post-South Park Wednesday 10:30 PM time slot since the heyday of Chapelle’s Show in 2004.
Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch also continues to break records with the final episodes of the late Captain Phil Harris. The Tuesday night episode averaged 5.3 million viewers, 2.6 million of the in the 18-49 demographic. That was the largest 18-49 audience ever for a Discovery series.