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Posted Saturday 3/03/18 at 1:25AM EST
Should Comedy Central be concerned about the exodus of talent?
The news of Hasan Minhaj's exit for his own Netflix show comes after The Daily Show lost Michelle Wolf and Jessica Williams. Meanwhile, Inside Amy Schumer is in the midst of a long hiatus and Broad City "seems to be fading as a cultural phenomenon," says Miles Surrey. He adds: "Practically the only constants in Comedy Central’s lineup are South Park and, somehow, Tosh.0, which was renewed for three more seasons in February. The less said about Tosh.0 the better, but even South Park, a decades-long, profanity-laced staple of modern American culture, has seen its impact diminished."
Posted Tuesday 1/09/18 at 6:45PM EST
Hulu surpasses 17 million subscribers, says South Park and Law & Order: SVU were its most-watched shows of 2017
This Is Us, The Handmaid’s Tale, Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers were also among Hulu’s top shows of 2017.
Posted Friday 12/22/17 at 11:25PM EST
In 2017, Donald Trump proved to be bad for comedy
The problem is mocking Trump is “both incredibly easy and incredibly challenging,” says Jesse David Fox. From sitcoms to late-night, there was a “tremendous amount of comedy focused on Trump” in 2017 — and much of it was bad, says Fox. “It’s not that all comedy made about Trump this year has been bad, but that his administration has resulted in comedians making worse comedy than they would have otherwise,” he adds. “That’s because Trump is a bad subject for comedy: He’s shallow and played out, and already what people expect from the comedy about him is bad.” To make matters worse, Fox says, “Trump does something mockable at an unprecedented clip, but it’s mostly rooted in the same toxic psychology he’s always had.” Fox also notes that “Trump and the culture around him have created a terrible atmosphere for risk-taking,” so you end up getting the same old jokes. And if you try to avoid Trump altogether, like the South Park guys did, you are still criticized for dodging real-life. Fox does credit Anthony Atamanuik of Comedy Central’s The President Show for being the lone refreshing take on Trump, who “goes down a rabbit hotel of his psyche, revealing a hidden-in-plain-sight existential despair.”
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Posted Wednesday 12/20/17 at 10:03PM EST
Read a list of holiday TV marathons
Comedy Central has a That ’70s Show marathon every day through Friday. ALSO: Here are 13 holiday specials that are currently available for streaming.
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Posted Tuesday 12/19/17 at 2:48PM EST
Hulu: One of our subscribers watched 654 movies and 195 TV shows in 2017
The streaming service released a slew of data on its subscribers’ behavior, including the tidbit that viewers watched 12,000 years worth of South Park this year.
Posted Wednesday 12/06/17 at 2:18PM EST
South Park is offering a chance for a fan to be in an episode
Matt Stone and Trey Parker will draw a fan into an upcoming episode to raise money for the charity Next for Autism.
Posted Friday 12/01/17 at 5:37AM EST
South Park’s take on workplace sexual harassment was a total mess
“The problem,” Matt Miller says of this week’s episode, “is that South Park introduces these ambiguous takes on complex issues and leaves them completely undeveloped. The joke seems to be on the situation itself rather than on stupid men or workplace harassers. Providing no direction or answer is almost worse than saying nothing at all. Is South Park merely showing where the line is? Or is South Park mocking our fear of the line itself? Certainly, the latter would be a destructive critique in a time when it's obvious men need to examine their own actions rather than laugh at them.”
Posted Thursday 11/09/17 at 2:25PM EST
South Park can’t quit the Donald Trump rape jokes
The use of Trump rape jokes, which began in September 2015, “came to an increasingly disturbing conclusion last night,” says Kayla Cobb. She adds: “These increasingly disturbing rape jokes have gone from being merely cringe-worthy to insulting to both viewers and survivors of sexual assault. They’re also coming at an incredibly charged time.” ALSO: South Park brilliantly analyzes the relationship between Trump and his supporters.
Posted Thursday 10/26/17 at 10:17PM EDT
Why are SNL and South Park struggling when it comes to President Trump?
Two years later, the shock of Donald Trump hosting Saturday Night Live still hasn’t warn off, says John Hugar. No matter what Saturday Night Live does in attacking the president, his hosting the show casts “a nasty shadow over it," he says. “Put it this way: If every single cast member simultaneously stood on stage and said 'Donald Trump is absolute human garbage and we all condemn him to hell with every fiber of our beings,’ it still wouldn’t change the fact that two years earlier, he stood on the same stage and cracked jokes with them,” says Hugar. Meanwhile, Trey Parker and Matt Stone are taking “the coward’s way out” by focusing on Trump as little as possible. “Sure,” says Hugar, “it’s tiresome, but just ignoring him sends the wrong message, especially when there’s a line of thought that suggests South Park was somewhat responsible for the culture that led to someone as repulsive as Trump becoming president in the first place.” ALSO: On South Park, "the relative absence of Trump is disappointing for a show that loves to sh*t on power.”
Posted Thursday 10/12/17 at 2:11PM EDT
South Park goes after Harvey Weinstein
On last night's episode, when Cartman and his gang (who dubbed themselves “Coon and Friends”) were accused of victimizing innocent people and pooping in little girls’ mouths, Cartman responded: “That’s not true. We’re ‘Coon and Friends,’ not Harvey Weinstein.” Last night’s episode also took on Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook.
Posted Monday 10/09/17 at 10:47PM EDT
South Park’s targets this season are white liberals
After tackling Donald Trump last year, South Park seems to be getting a lot mileage this season out of skewering misguided white saviors.
Posted Tuesday 9/26/17 at 2:26AM EDT
This week, South Park is mocking white oppression
On Wednesday's episode, Randy learns via a genealogy website that “I’m not totally white.”
Posted Monday 9/18/17 at 1:40PM EDT
North Korea is South Park’s next target
Trey Parker and Matt Stone have, of course, mocked North Korea in the past. This week’s episode, titled “Put It Down,” comes amid increased tension between North Korea and the U.S.
Posted Thursday 9/14/17 at 2:43PM EDT
South Park sets off viewers Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices
The Season 21 premiere featured the cartoon characters yelling commands that wreaked havoc on people who owned either of the voice-operated home assistants. PLUS: The season premiere offered only a restrained take on white supremacy, Parker and Stone are having trouble figuring out how to handle white nationalists, and they brilliantly avoided Trump.
Posted Wednesday 9/13/17 at 10:02PM EDT
South Park: "A case study in what happens when woke white dudes keep making art for other woke white dudes”
As it kicks off Season 21, Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s creation is no longer subversive, writes Jeff Ihaza. “South Park’s all-knowing crassness and moralistic tone today seems as outdated as the New York Times opinion section,” he says. “Animated series like Rick and Morty and Bojack Horseman tackle many of the same issues as South Park, and with a refreshing helping of nuance. For 21 seasons, Trey Parker and Matt Stone have given fake woke white people a sense of self-satisfaction, reassuring them that they rise above the myopia that grips the residents of South Park; that they are subverting the establishment, rather than perpetuating it.”