Thursday, March 23, 2006
Never let it be said, however, that Trey and Matt are bastards. Far from it. Last night's episode of South Park clearly drew the audience that Comedy Central was hoping for - Nielsen reported 3.5 million viewers tuned in to the season premiere. This was the highest rated episode of South Park since December 2004, about one million viewers more than the average audience for last season, and the highest rated season premiere of South Park since 2002 in the all-important 18 to 49 demographic.
Oh My God! They Killed Chef!
I'm not sure if I can keep up with the South Park/Scientology soap saga, however....
South Park rips Scientology a new one, like they do everyone and everything else.
Isaac Hayes, a Scientologist, gets mad and says he can no longer work for a group that crosses the line, despite the fact that he had contributed to that crossing of the line season after season.
Tom Cruise allegedly threatens to halt his promotion of Mission Impossible 3 if Comedy Central airs the Scientology episode again. Mysteriously, the episode in question gets yanked off the schedule.
Based on the events of the week prior, Trey and Matt slap a fairly brilliant episode together, making Chef a pedophile, commenting on Scientology, paying tribute to the character of Chef, maintaining the spirit of South Park, all the while keeping the option open for Chef to return yet again, albeit in an altered state.
But wait... it doesn't end there.
An online petition begins circulating, stating that fans of the show will boycott Tom Cruise's Mission Impossible 3 unless the Scientology-based episode in question is not aired again as it was scheduled to be - the petition gathered over 20,000 signatures in 24 hours and crashed the service;
A report begins circulating that perhaps Isaac Hayes never intended to quit South Park, after all. Reportedly, Hayes suffered a stroke in January and was unable to continue with the series.
Confused? Don't worry... I'm sure we haven't seen the end of the saga just yet. Could it be that this is all just pre-generated hype designed to create buzz for the 10-year old series?
Those bastards! Those evil, genius bastards.
Tags: South Park, Chef, Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Comedy Central, Viacom, scientology, Tom Cruise, Isaac Hayes
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