While this isn't necessarily bad news for South Park, it's definitely bad news for viewers: According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Comedy Central animated show's episode count has been cut from 14 to 10 for this upcoming season, and will air without hiatus later this year.

Generally, seasons of the series air in two parts - seven episodes each, with a four to five month break in between. A reasoning behind the scheduling change hasn't been given - the show does not seem to be in danger of cancellation - but co-creator Matt Stone told the New York Times that there was no special reason for that airing format in the first place. "We just sort of made that up. And we are switching to 10 for the same reason. It just sounded like a good number, and we won't break up the year so we can more easily do other stuff."

Similarly, co-creator Trey Parker commented, "Now instead of putting out two albums a year, we are only going to do one, which is more manageable and ensures that it will be something we are proud of."

All understandable - but still, less episodes is a sad thought. Season seventeen of the series will begin on September 25th.

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[via The Hollywood Reporter]