For it’s 21st birthday South Park is ready for a fresh start.
Like almost everything else in 2016, South Park had a tough year and a lot of that was down to Trump. The last season, unlike others had a recurring theme throughout, the presidential election. The season worked towards Hilary’s win and when that didn’t happen the creators were stumped.
This year Matt Stone and Trey Parker are ready for the new season with a fresh start. Talking about last season they said:
“Last year was such a headfuck, and we were so happy when it was done,” Parker told THR. “And we just wanted to go back to the kids, which we still do. But it’s also like, you can’t avoid [Mr. Garrison as Trump]. So, we are not actively putting it in, but we are not actively leaving it out. It’s the world we live in.”
“Last season we really tried to do a serialized thing, and it was just really hard,” Stone said. “In some ways it was cool and in some ways it trapped us. The way we do that show is not compatible with full serialization. We’re going to do the first show (this season) and maybe don’t have to sitcom wrap it up at the end.”
He added, “The first 18 seasons of the show, we spent so much time thinking how do we get this back to resolution. And no TV shows do that anymore. You’re so used to watching shows now where it doesn’t end at the end, it teases the next one.”
Parker said he didn’t “appreciate” how tonally different South Park episodes could be until last season.
“We would always talk about how great it is because on South Park, one week it can be about the kids and then the next week it is about Garrison and then the next week it is about Randy,” he said. “And that’s what I really miss.”
The trailer for the new season features a pop culture montage while Cartman sings Montell Williams.
One thing that may be staying out is Cartmans girlfriend, Heidi Turner.
“We don’t want her to go away,” Parker said. “But, I really liked in the end that he was now a dude stuck in a relationship.”
South Park season 21 premieres Sept. 13.