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‘South Park’ Takes on COVID-19 in New ‘Pandemic Special’

Comedy Central's one-hour supersized episode airs September 30; as the kids head back to school, nothing is remotely normal, including Eric Cartman.

The people of South Park are taking on the COVID-19 pandemic as only they can in a one-hour “Pandemic Special” premiering Wednesday, September 30.

As Randy Marsh reveals a “Pandemic Special” that reeks of some ill-conceived and completely inappropriate financial scheme, the kids head back to school, with a new teacher, Detective Harris, and desks encased in protective shields. Cartman seems a bit more paranoid than usual, which begs the question, “In South Park, in the middle of a deadly viral outbreak, what could possibly go wrong?”

With the exception of 2007’s epic three-part “Imaginationand” effort, South Park has never aired such a special episode. Season 24’s premiere has not yet been announced, but we assume Mr. Parker and Mr. Stone have gathered more than enough cultural and political fodder these days to fill any number of episodes.  

With the launch of HBO Max and their gargantuan $500 million exclusive South Park North American streaming deal with ViacomCBS and South Park Studios, episodes of the show will be available in all sorts of places; all-new episodes will be available to stream in HD exclusively on South Park Studios, and the Comedy Central App immediately following the west coast airing and on HBO Max 24-hours after premiere. Audiences will have next-day access to new episodes, as well as the entire South Park library, across numerous internet-connected devices with an HBO Max subscription.

Hard to believe, but Comedy Central premiered the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning South Park on August 13, 1997. Trey Parker and Matt Stone are the show’s co-creators; Parker, Stone, Anne Garefino and Frank C. Agnone II are the executive producers. Eric Stough, Adrien Beard, Bruce Howell, Jack Shia and Vernon Chatman are producers. Chris Brion is the creative director of South Park Digital Studios. South Park can be found online at Uncensored episodes are also available for download on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, XBOX Live, Google Play, Sony Entertainment Network, Vudu and Verizon Flexview.

Source: Comedy Central

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