Comedy Central’s popular animated series South Park will be presented in shorter seasons going forward. Since season 8 of the series, each year consisted of 14 episodes divided into two runs of seven episodes. Future seasons of South Park will consist of 10 episodes that will air weekly without a break. South Park has been renewed until 2016.
Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park, have stated that their reasons for this change in season formatting is due to the variety of ways in which viewers access new episodes (e.g. watching on Hulu or South Park Studios’ website) and manageability with Trey Parker stating the new format is “more manageable and ensures that it will be something we are proud of.” Reducing the number of episodes in a season and completing its run in a single shot may also give the series’ c0-creators more time to work on other projects such as the upcoming videogame South Park: The Stick of Truth.
Season 17 of the show will premiere September 25, 2013.