9:00am PT by Ryan Parker
How 'South Park' Pulled Off That (Remotely Produced) Hourlong Special
The upcoming South Park "Pandemic Special" is unique for a few reasons — but mainly because of how it was accomplished.
On Wednesday morning, Comedy Central released a short video detailing how show creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker (along with the rest of the South Park Studios crew) were able to put the special together sans their office. It wasn't easy.
The usual 30-minute show has done several multiple-part series in the past, but never an episode running longer than a half-hour in the show's 23-year history (not counting the feature film, South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut). The hourlong special is also unique in that it will be simulcast on MTV and MTV2 for the first time ever.
It is unclear when a new, full season will premiere.
Last fall, South Park was renewed through 2022. The show's entire library recently moved from Hulu to HBO Max in a deal reportedly worth $500 million. However, a number of episodes were kept off the platform because of the depiction of a religious figure.
In a stroke of marketing genius, South Park made headlines over the weekend when the Denver Broncos filled Empower Field at Mile High with all the characters (1,800 to be exact) from the town of South Park to the crowd cutouts.
In addition to the slew of new character cutouts — all of whom are wearing masks — the Broncos also added a large backdrop of the town from the popular, long-running Comedy Central cartoon. The cost of production of the cutouts will be matched and donated to The Broncos Foundation, according to Comedy Central.
Watch the mini behind-the-scenes featurette below.