It seems that Matt Stone and Trey Parker have decided to try to freshen South Park up a bit, by mixing things up from the norm. Usually, a South Park season runs in two splits of seven episodes and starts in the Spring, but this year things have changed. South Park season 17 will run for one 10 episode stint beginning in the Fall and Matt has discussed the reasons why.
Stone explained, "Why did we do seven and seven to begin with? We just sort of made that up. We are switching to ten for the same reason. It just sounded like a good number, and we won't break up the year so we can more easily do other stuff. There is no appointment viewing anymore."
He added, "In our first season, you had to show up on Wednesday nights at 10 pm on the Comedy Channel to catch the show. Now, I don't even know where or how people watch our show. We sort of don't really care about ratings. It's more important to come up with work that will add to the library in a way that we're proud of and will make people want to catch the show wherever they want to."
Meanwhile, co-creator Trey Parker chipped in with, "Now instead of putting out two albums a year, we are only going to do one, which is more manageable and ensures that it will be something we are proud of."
South Park season 17 will begin airing episodes on September 25.