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Respect Their Authoritay! South Park Reupped—but for How Long?

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South Park fans, rejoice!

Show masterminds Trey Parker and Matt Stone have signed a new deal with Comedy Central that will see the Peabody Award-winning 'toon sticking around for at least three more seasons, taking it into its 20th season and making it the longest-running animated series on basic cable.

So will Cartman, Stan, Kyle and Kenny and the rest of the gang finally graduate from fourth grade?

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Who knows? But Comedy Central couldn't be more pleased with the arrangement.

"The collective genius of Matt and Trey knows no bounds," network boss Michele Ganeless said in a statement. "Week after week and season after season they continue to surprise and delight South Park fans."

South Park premiered in 1997 and has been a staple of the network's programming ever since thanks to its creators' irreverent (and topical) skewering of everything from religion and politics to pop culture's sacred cows, including of course crude impersonations of celebrities—done "poorly" as the title card at the beginning of each episode warns.

"Comedy Central has been our home for 15 years and we love working there," Parker and Stone added. "South Park is a blast and we can't wait to make more."

Neither can we.

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