Comedy Central has announced its Fall lineup with South Park's 19th season at the top of the marquee. A long-time tentpole for the network, the show was recently locked up through 2020 in a contract that will carry it through its 23rd (!) season.
Season 19 will premiere Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 10:00 P.M. and Coming Soon reports that it will include 10 episodes. You know the drill here, the show's formula is tried and true and you can expect more of the same vulgarity, irreverence, and skewering of each week's most controversial issues you've grown to know and love.
While one Comedy Central fixture is staying the course, however, another will see a giant shakeup. Jon Stewart took over The Daily Show in 1999 and has guided the satirical news program to glory over more than sixteen years, but he'll soon relinquish his anchor chair to comedian Trevor Noah. The South Africa native will step into what might be TV's hardest-to-fill shoes on Monday, September 28, 2015.
Here's the rundown on the rest of the Fall schedule:
- Moonbeam City, an absurdist, animated 80's cop comedy, will air its series debut on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 and features voice acting from Rob Lowe and Elizabeth Banks.
- The second season of TripTank, a compendium of animated comedy shorts, will premiere Wednesday September 23, 2015 and features voice acting from Amy Schumer, and Andrew Dice Clay.
- Season 3 of Nathan For You, a reality series that chronicles the exploits of unorthodox small-business savior Nathan Fielder, will premiere Thursday, October 15, 2015.
- The following Stand-up specials are upcoming: Steve Rannazzisi: Breaking Dad, Saturday, September 19 at 11:00 p.m; Brian Regan: Live Saturday, September 26 at 9:00 p.m.; Trevor Noah Stand-up Special (premiere date and title TBA).
- Premieres for the following Short-Form series are still TBA: Six Guys One Car (Season 2); New Timers (Season 2); White Flight (Season 1); Alternatino (Season 1); Lucky Loser (Season 1).
Note that another Comedy Central mainstay is also conspicuously absent from the list: Key and Peele, the hilarious sketch comedy show from Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele which has been on the docket since 2012, will wrap its 5th and final season this summer. The duo decided to close up shop to pursue other avenues, though they'll continue to collaborate on movies and other projects.
With the departure of Stewart, Comedy Central will lose a proverbial "big bat" in the middle of its lineup, while also saying good bye to other key players (no pun intended).We'll have to wait and see if the network's fall slate can make up for the absentees, but the boys from South Park should help keep things afloat in the transition.