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'6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park'

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South Park - The F Word

South Park - The F Word

Comedy Central
My first concern when I read about 6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park was that it would be a rehash of the short documentary that was already posted on SouthParkStudios.com for a few years. However, 6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park is new, with exclusive footage of Matt Stone and Trey Parker working feverishly to finish an episode of South Park. This documentary by Arthur Bradford is required viewing for fans and animation students. 6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park premieres on Comedy Central on Sunday, October 9, 2011 at 10:00 p.m.

Behind the Scenes

Renowned documentarian Arthur Bradford (How's Your News?) was granted access to Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creative masterminds behind the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning South Park. Shot extensively over the course of three months at the South Park Studios in Los Angeles, 6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park, chronicles the rigorous process of producing the an episode in under a week in an hour-long documentary.

Bradford's cameras were granted access into the creative process, opening up Parker and Stone's world to reveal the high-pressure work environment that allows them to turn an idea into a full 22-minute episode each week.

The documentary also includes in-depth interviews with Parker and Stone about their working partnership and reflections on highlights from their careers, such as the making of the original short, "The Spirit of Christmas," as well as their memorable appearance at the 2000 Oscars when they walked the red carpet in drag (mocking Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow).

From the Press Release

Matt Stone and Trey Parker at the Tony Awards 2011

Winners of Best Musical Matt Stone (L) and Trey Parker attend the press room during the 65th Annual Tony Awards at the The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan on June 12, 2011 in New York City.

Jason Kempin/Getty Images

"We wanted to make something that would appeal to both the hard-core fans and the casual viewers," said Arthur Bradford. "Trey and Matt are two of the most interesting people I know and the way they make South Park is completely fascinating and inspiring."

"This documentary offers an unprecedented, inside view at the true genius of Trey Parker and Matt Stone," said Kent Alterman, head of original programming and production Comedy Central. "If they stick with it, I feel certain 'South Park' will become the hit show they've always dreamed about."

Har har. Don't you love it when suits try to be funny?

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