South Park New Season Format

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.

 

Source:  IGN

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THQ Asset Sale

Times have been hard economically for nearly everybody and videogame developers are no exception.  Third-party publisher THQ recently went under and a sale of their studios and assets was approved by the US Bankruptcy Court.  That sale included Sega acquiring Relic and the Company of Heroes IP, THQ Montreal and the IPs 1666 and Underdog went to Ubisoft, Deep Silver purchased Volition and the Saints Row IP as well as the Metro license, and the Homefront IP went to Crytek.  Ubisoft also acquired the license for South Park: The Stick of Truth pending judgment on a claim from South Park studios that THQ doesn’t have the right to sell the license.

I wish the best to everybody who is affected by THQ’s demise.Image