South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker will keep their cult cartoon series on the air for another three years.
Stone and Parker have agreed to produce three more series of the show, according to its official site, after finalising a new deal with the US cable network Comedy Central.
The writing pair were only contracted to write and direct South Park until 2013, but will now continue to produce new episode until 2016, which will take it into its 20th season.
Stone and Parker said in a statement:
Comedy Central has been our home for 15 years and we love working there. ‘South Park’ is a blast and we can’t wait to make more.
The network’s president Michele Ganeless, meanwhile, added: “The collective genius of Matt and Trey knows no bounds. Week after week and season after season they continue to surprise and delight South Park fans, and that includes all of us here at Comedy Central.
“We’re thrilled that the adventures of Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman will continue through 2016.”