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‘South Park: Joining the Panderverse’ Trailer Looks a Little Controversial


South Park‘s favourite misfits are back, and this time, it’s a pandemonium of epic proportions. Paramount+ recently unveiled a special South Park event, ‘South Park: Joining the Panderverse,’ where Cartman’s dreams and the rise of AI promise a wild ride through chaos and comedy. This upcoming event is South Park‘s fifth special on Paramount+, following 2022’s Post Covid and The Return of Covid, as well as this year’s two-part Streaming Wars event.

The official description of “Joining the Panderverse” hints at the chaos to come, stating, “Cartman’s deeply disturbing dreams portend the end of the life he knows and loves. The adults in South Park are also wrestling with their own life decisions as the advent of AI is turning their world upside down.” Paramount+ has also treated fans to a quick teaser alongside this announcement, featuring the South Park boys Cartman, Kenny, and Butters switching things up with different genders, ages, and races, suggesting that the show might poke fun at identity politics.

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The trailer is a wild ride of pure mayhem, and it’s a bit of a head-scratcher, to be honest. Towards the end of the brief teaser, we see Kyle paying a visit to the Principal’s office, where he can’t help but wonder, “How does this even make any sense?” This isn’t the first time the long-running TV series has delved into the world of AI. In the recent 26th season, there was an episode with a script partly attributed to ChatGPT, and it took a big swing at the tech giants who tightly control AI programs, rather than making them readily accessible to consumers.

Expanding upon MTV Entertainment Studios’ groundbreaking deal with co-creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, Comedy Central has officially renewed South Park through 2027. This means the show, cable’s longest-running scripted series, is now set for an epic 30th season.

As for South Park: Joining the Panderverse, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the show’s co-creators and executive producers, are still at the helm. Anne Garefino and Frank C. Agnone II also serve as executive producers. Eric Stough, Adrien Beard, Bruce Howell and Vernon Chatman are producers, while Christopher Brion is the creative director of South Park Digital Studios.

South Park: Joining the Panderverse is set to premiere in Australia on Paramount+ on October 28.

South park: joining the Panderverse Trailer
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