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South Park is staying on the air and on Hulu through 2019

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Looks like the kids from everybody's favorite quiet mountain town will be continuing their shenanigans for at least another three years -- huzzah! Comedy Central announced that South Park creators Matt Smith and Trey Parker have reached a deal to extend the cultural touchstone series by another three years and 30 episodes (that's in addition to the two remaining years on the shows current contract). Additionally, South Park Digital Studios (Parker and Smith's joint venture with Viacom) announced a separate deal with Hulu that will see the series remain on the streaming service until 2020.

The Hollywood Reporter claims Hulu -- already in tight with Viacom to stream Showtime as an add-on -- paid a record-breaking $192 million for that honor. Plus, Comedy Central will offer a 50/50 split its take from the Hulu deal with Parker and Stone which, as THR points out, is one of the few instances where a digital streaming deal will help underwrite current production costs. We saw a similar setup with Netflix and AMC for The Killing, while CBS snagged a deal with Amazon for Under the Dome and Extant before those shows ever went on the air. The show's 19th season premieres on Wednesday, September 16.

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