By James Hibberd
Updated November 16, 2011 at 05:28 PM EST
Comedy Central

Just when fans started to worry that Trey Parker and Matt Stone might be ready throw in the towelie, Comedy Central has struck a deal with the duo to bring back South Park for three more seasons.

The renewal will keep the animated hit on until 2016 and through a 20th season. Parker and Stone will continue to write, edit, and direct every episode. “The collective genius of Matt and Trey knows no bounds,” said Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless. “Week after week and season after season they continue to surprise and delight South Park fans.”

“Comedy Central has been our home for 15 years and we love working there,” said Parker and Stone. “South Park is a blast and we can’t wait to make more.”

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