The PopWatch Interview: Controversy on 'South Park,' what-what-what?!?

Southpark_lSouth Park returns March 7 for an 11th season on Comedy Central, and though we don’t need to tell you that creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone still deliver after all these years, the fact that EW has dubbed their premiere our "Must Watch of the Week" — without actually knowing what it’s about — does kinda say it. 

What speaks even louder: Neither the duo nor the network will be revealing the plot of the episode before it debuts, period. "If it got out what it was," Parker says, "someone would try to stop us from doing it before it got on the air." Impending controversy? Hooray!

Here’s what they did tell us during our recent chat:

- They’ve got so many good ideas, it’s hard to pick what the first one should be. Seriously, Stone said, "Please write that we’ve got so many good ideas, it’s hard to pick what the first one should be." And apparently, he’s not joking. As of Monday, the duo was still deciding which of two top-secret ideas should air first. (Yes, that means at least one other episode this season will be making "someone" pissy.) Parker credits their wealth of story lines to a particularly fruitful February writers’ retreat in "geriatric" Palm Springs, where distractions were limited. "Yeah," Stone says, "we got to go places where it’s not that fun to be."

- Starting this season, episodes will be available uncensored on iTunes.
Stone: "Oh, that’s something that we can talk about."
EW: "That’s cool, but can you tell us anything about the premiere?"
Parker: "Honestly, when you see it, you’re gonna be like, ‘I see why they couldn’t tell me.’ Unless, we end up not going with that one because it doesn’t work, and we go with something else." [Laughter]
Stone: "You suck so bad."


- Norman Lear officiated Parker’s Jan. 2006 wedding in Hawaii.
Parker: "Yeah, it was pretty great. Like, I couldn’t imagine how else Iwould get married. I wasn’t going to have some Catholic priest comedown. And it just came out. I told Norman I was getting married, and hewas like, ‘Oh, well, I’m ordained. I can marry you.’ He had marriedlike four other couples or something like that. My wife didn’t know whohe was, so it was fine with her. She’s Japanese, so it was basically aShinto-slash-Norman Lear wedding. It was nice and simple and short andintimate."
EW: "Did you ever think you’d be doing an interview aboutyour wedding?"
Parker: "No. No."
EW: "This is what happens, gentlemen,when you won’t tell me a plot of a single episode."
[Laughter. Silence]
Stone: "You wanna tell her about 24?"

- One of the first seven episodes will be a parody of 24."Basically, we’ve spent the last month watching like three or fourepisodes a day, studying what they do," Parker says. "We’re fans of theshow, and we’re really impressed with the writing, but as soon as youhave Cartman saying the same stuff, it’s pretty damn funny."

- They’re not planning on touching the Anna Nicole Smith media frenzy. For now.
Parker: "It’s not to say it’s not gonna end up in week 4 or 5, but sofar, we just don’t really have a take on it. Like things have happenedin this off season that we really did get worked up about, and the AnnaNicole thing is like, we really just don’t care."
EW: "So what workedyou up?"
Parker: "Oh, you’ll see." [Laughter] "Oh boy, you’ll see."


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  • Ashley

    i am such a huge fan of the show, i can’t wait for the premiere on Wednesday! if they aren’t telling anyone, you know it’s going to be good!

  • Chris

    Damn…and I was thinking it was going to be Anna Nicole Smith. Next target: Barack Obama!

  • ceej

    It seems the South Park Boys have a bit more class than Fox News.
    I’m not surprised.

  • Louise

    I can’t wait for the 24 spoof.

  • Ep Sato

    I love the way this show has grown up over the last few seasons. The show went from immature rants to brilliant plots on how to make people eat their parents, beautiful parodies of genre films, and a pot smoking towel that made for the BEST.ACTION FIGURE.EVER

  • rob

    mark my words: the aqua teen hunger force/terrorism controversy will be among the first 7 episodes.

  • Jen

    Oh…you have NO idea how excited I am. I’ve been a fan of South Park since the first season (when I was in middle school and it was definitely NOT appropriate for someone my age to be watching). I hope it lives up to the hype – but I’m sure it will!!!
    I’m really glad they’re not planning on doing an Anna Nicole thing, because the coverage is annoying. They can do much better!

  • t3hdow

    I gotta see the season premier and the 24 themed South Park episode.

  • dma69

    Damn. I was hoping they would do SOMETHING on Anna Nicole. I can’t wait to see their 24 spoof. If anyone can pull it off, Matt and Trey can.

  • t3hdow

    I’d rather not hear anything else about Anna Nicole Smith’s death, even from Matt Stone and Trey Parker. It’s nice to know they’re impartial to the whole event, especially since after Smith’s death, Entertainment Tonight still hasn’t shut up about it. I can understand the first couple days after her odd death, but it’s been about three weeks now. Enough is enough.

  • Kit Sung

    Cool! That means a South Park version of 24 AND a Simpsons 24 screening in may…

  • Ian

    Have they already done the Britney/Paris/Lindsey thing?

  • Snarky

    Its gotta be the diaper wearing astronaut in the first 2 episodes.

  • Sondre

    I can’t wait for the new season. And one of the episodes are a spoof of 24! I’am a huge fan of 24(but much more fan of South Park) so I can’t wait!! :-)

  • FahBlakk

    The 11th season is definitely going to be the best 1 yet! As far as the Anna Nicole mess go, if they dont rip on her this time around, then she’s going to get it when the second half of the season hits!

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