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Hour-Long Pandemic Special Episode Of South Park Is Coming This Month

Stewart Perrie

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Hour-Long Pandemic Special Episode Of South Park Is Coming This Month

South Park has iconically covered all the major events that have happened in the world over the past few seasons.

They always put their hilarious spin on topics like Tesla, Amazon, US politics, rent-a-scooters and viral trends.

So it would be remiss of the show not to cover one of the biggest topics in decades: the coronavirus pandemic.

Comedy Central has announced an hour-long special episode will air on September 30 and it looks like an absolute doozy.

The network released a trailer, showing Randy trying to get rich from selling weed while Cartman complains about having to go back to school during a pandemic.

The official synopsis for the special is: Randy Marsh comes to terms with his role in the COVID-19 outbreak as the on-going pandemic presents continued challenges to the citizens of South Park. The kids happily head back to school but nothing resembles the normal that they once knew; not their teachers, not their homeroom, not even Eric Cartman.

In 23 years, it's the first time the programme has done an hour-long episode. While there have been epic two or three-part episodes (which arguably last an hour), audiences have never watched a whole episode for that long.

After it airs on Comedy Central, it will drop of HBO Max 24 hours later.

Credit: Comedy Central
Credit: Comedy Central

No information has been released on when we can expect the show's 24th season however we have been promised more movies are in the works.

According to CNBC, via an anonymous industry source, ViacomCBS bosses want their new boy Grant Gish to work with Parker and Stone - whom he has yet to meet - to make new movies and specials for the show.

Gish added: "As long as you're doing something new, and that could be anything from a new style to a new tone to a new voice coming from a specific writer, I think it can work.

"An animation audience is looking for something unique. That's what The Simpsons and South Park have famously done. So I want to try a little bit of everything, even though a lot of it will be targeted to the tried and true with brands people know."

So far there has, perhaps surprisingly, only been one movie attached to the show - South Park: Bigger Longer And Uncut, which was released in 1999.

According to CNBC's source, ViacomCBS has already held talks with Stone and Parker on a number of movie and special ideas, and hopes to finalise plans in the next year.

Featured Image Credit: Comedy Central

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film

Stewart Perrie
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