10:00am PT by Ryan Parker
'South Park' Returns Early With Hourlong "Vaccination Special"
South Park is returning early in 2021 — because there has just been too much in the news that Trey Parker and Matt Stone need to address through their beloved Comedy Central show.
Another stand-alone hourlong special is set to premiere on March 10, titled "South ParQ The Vaccination Special." The episode will be simulcast on MTV2 at 8 p.m.
The series usually runs its seasons in the fall, but due to the pandemic, only a single hourlong "Pandemic Special" aired in 2020. A behind-the-scenes featurette highlighted that crafting the show remotely was no simple feat.
"The citizens of South ParQ are clamoring for the COVID-19 vaccine. A hilarious new militant group tries to stop the boys from getting their teacher vaccinated," reads a description of the upcoming special.
It's safe to assume the episode will touch on major events from recent months, such as the presidential election (does Mr. Garrison finally return to his old self?) and the COVID-19 vaccination effort. The "Q" in the title is also a hint the special will likely address the QAnon conspiracy theory and perhaps even the U.S. Capitol insurrection.
It remains unclear when the show will return with its traditional 30-minute weekly episodes.
Before the pandemic struck and the show was forced to go on hiatus, South Park made major headlines around the globe for its sharp critique of the way Hollywood tends to shape its content to avoid offending Chinese government censors. In response, South Park was banned in China, with the country's internet and streaming services totally scrubbed of the show. Parker and Stone found that hilarious.