Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s animated opus, South Park, has received an early pick up from Comedy Central, which will see the series continue until 2016.

Falling on the day of the South Park season 15 finale (which was likely delivered to Comedy Central mere moments before the announcement was made), Comedy Central announced that it has picked up South Park for three additional seasons. The previous contract between Comedy Central and the South Park duo was set to end in 2013.

In a statement, Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless had this to say about the pickup:

“The collective genius of Matt and Trey knows no bounds. Week after week and season after season they continue to surprise and delight South Park fans, and that includes all of us here at Comedy Central. We’re thrilled that the adventures of Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman will continue through 2016.”

Celebrating their pickup, Parker and Stone responded:

“Comedy Central has been our home for 15 years and we love working there. South Park is a blast and we can’t wait to make more.”

With the addition of three seasons, South Park will now reach season 20 by the time this current contract comes up for renewal. Slowly creeping up on The Simpsons in terms of length of time on the air, one has to wonder whether or not South Park might overtake The Simpsons, especially if Fox decides to cancel the series after season 25.

Of course, even if South Park ends up with more seasons than The Simpsons, South Park still has fewer episodes per season. That being said, even though South Park only has 14 episodes each season, each and every episode of South Park is written, directed and voiced by Parker and Stone.

In the recently-aired South Park documentary, entitled 6 Days To Air, the wonderfully chaotic process of creating an episode of South Park was finally revealed. Beginning on Thursday, Parker, Stone and their entire in-house crew spend night and day working on an episode, with most being delivered to Comedy Central 12 hours before they’re supposed to air.

Considering no other animated series has ever been produced like this, one could only imagine how long Parker and Stone could continue with their grueling schedule. Fortunately, with South Park getting better with each season and Parker and Stone hitting it big with their Broadway Musical “Book of Mormon” (about which a movie is currently being developed), they don’t show any signs of slowing down.

Which is good, because they now have 70 more episodes to create for our enjoyment.

And enjoy them, we will… just like fish sticks.

South Park airs Wendesday @10pm on Comedy Central

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