After the exercise in serialisation that was season 20 of South Park, the brains behind the long-running animated comedy are planning a more typical 21st season, which begins on SBS VICELAND tonight.
Out are the topical, ripped from the headlines episodes and instead the show will get back to what it does best: “kids being kids and being ridiculous and outrageous,” promises co-creator Trey Parker.
In keeping with the back to the old school flavour of the season, the new trailer for S21 features Cartman singing along to Montell Jordan’s 1995 R&B jam “This Is How We Do it”.
Since each new episode of South Park isn’t written and created until the week before it goes to air, there are no exact details of what to expect from this season, but one thing’s for sure: less Donald Trump references.
“We fell into the same trap that Saturday Night Live fell into, where it was like, ‘Dude, we’re just becoming CNN now,’” Parker told the Los Angeles Times. “We’re becoming: ‘Tune in to see what we’re going to say about Trump.’ [Co-creator] Matt [Stone] and I hated it but we got stuck in it somehow.”
Expect the season to consist of stand-alone episodes instead of 10 instalments that follow a continuing storyline from beginning to end. "Last season we really tried to do a serialised thing, and it was just really hard," Stone told The Hollywood Reporter. "In some ways it was cool and in some ways it trapped us."
South Park season 21 airs Mondays at 8:30pm on SBS VICELAND. Watch the first episode at SBS On Demand: