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Hulu Scores Exclusive South Park Deal

Not to be outdone by Netflix, Hulu has recently bolstered its offerings by scoring a multiyear exclusive deal for the extremely popular Comedy Central series South Park. Under the deal, Hulu will be making all 17 seasons of the series available for free to specific regions until the premiere of season 18 on September 24. After the start of the new episodes, Hulu Plus subscribers will be getting access to the entire South Park library as new episodes are made available on the next day via Hulu and Hulu Plus.

South Park Recreated in 3D for Oculus Rift

Besides being acquired by Facebook (a development that many people didn’t appreciate because of Facebook’s reputation,) there’s not a lot of news about the Oculus Rift these days, particularly with regard to available applications and games for the device. However, if you’re a big fan of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s South Park franchise, you at least have something to look forward to because production outfit Tool has faithfully recreated South Park in 3D, which will allow anyone with an Oculus headset to explore the fictional Colorado town while interacting with characters.

The program was created for the Cannes Lions advertising festival, using a combination of flat cutout characters and more dimensional paper-textured buildings. The entire project was done over the course of a “few short weeks in June.”

South Park Marathon Streamed Online

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In support of the upcoming 17th season of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s South Park, all 16 seasons of the hit animated comedy series has started airing online last Saturday, September 21, at 3pm via the website SouthParkMarathon.com.

The official online streaming marathon of all 234 South Park Episodes will have limited commercial interruption and will continue unabated until the season 17 premiere on Wednesday, September 25 at 10pm ET/PT.

South Park Nabs its Fifth Emmy

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Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s long running animated comedy series South Park has been given an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program at the 2012 – 2013 Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. This marks the fifth time South Park has received an Emmy Award.

The episode that was given commendation was “Raising the Bar” which focuses on childhood obesity and features young reality show superstar Honey Boo-Boo. The series has also won the prestigious Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting.

Hangin’ Tough: Longest-running Animated Shows

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In a cutthroat environment where TV shows are cancelled left and right, even before the shows get traction, twenty-four seasons is considered legendary. This feat was achieved by the dysfunctional family The Simpsons. 530 episodes is nothing to sneeze at, considering how fickle-minded viewers can be. Over two decades of The Simpsons may exhibit airtime longevity, but the truth is it is nowhere near the current record of 2,250 episodes held by Sazae-san.

The Simpsons was previously recognized as the longest-running animated TV series in the world, until the Guinness World Records decided the rightful record-holder is the Japanese cartoon show “Sazae-san”, which started in 1969. The Simpsons creator Matt Groening was only 15 years old at that time; he’s now 59.

Sazae-san will most likely be undisputed for a long time, but here are some of its top contenders from the US. All shows in the list are still airing.

Number of South Park Episodes to be Reduced This Fall

Number of South Park Episodes to be Reduced This Fall

Trey Parker and Matt Stone are said to be reducing the number of South Park episodes from their usual 14 (two 7-episode mini seasons) into a single season consisting of 10 episodes, starting on September 25. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the new format was decided in order to give the duo some time to work on new projects, including a possible feature adaptation of their hit musical, Book of Mormon.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone to Launch their Own Studio

Trey Parker and Matt Stone to Launch their Own Studio

According to a New York Times report, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have just launched their own production studio, Important Studios, in order to pursue other film, TV, and Theater projects. The upcoming slate for their new studio includes a possible movie adaptation of The Book of Mormon.

Important Studios currently has an estimated value of $300 million based on revenue from Parker and Stone’s hit Comedy Central series South Park, which is currently in its 16th season, and the hit broadway version of The Book of Mormon.

New Cartoon from Former South Park Director: Out There

New Cartoon from Former South Park Director: Out There

IFC will be launching a new animated comedy series from former South Park producer and director Ryan Quincy this coming February 22. The show is titled Out There, and will feature an impressive voice cast that includes the likes of Fred Armisen (Portlandia), Megan Mullally (Will and Grace) and Linda Cardinelli (Freaks and Geeks), as well as Quincy, who will voice the lead character.

DirecTV drops Nickelodeon, 14 other channels

DirecTV drops Nickelodeon, 14 other channels

If you turned on your TV this morning and saw that Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, MTV, Nicktoons was gone, then you are not alone. Late Tuesday night Viacom pulled off Nickelodeon and 14 other channels from the 20 Million or so DirecTV subscribers. DirecTV subscribers lost 14+ channels owned by Viacom in a dispute to pay the channels DirecTV was brodcasting.  Viacom sent letters to DirecTV on Tuesday ordering them to remove the channels by midnight or face legal action.

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