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South Park: The Complete Tenth Season - DVD review

by Brad Trechak, posted Oct 1st 2007 2:02PM

South Park The Complete Tenth Season DVD CoverSince I've been informed that I'm taking care of the future South Park reviews for TV Squad, I thought I'd jump the gun and review the last season (the second half of Season 11 begins on Wednesday October 3rd). I'm a long-time fan of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's work and, with one exception, I felt every episode of this season was a home run.

It amazes me how quickly the production team of the show can turn around an episode. I feel it is under these rushed circumstances that Matt and Trey produce their best work. The best example of this is the first episode of the season, "The Return of Chef", which was a direct result of the controversial departure of Isaac Hayes from the show resulting from his association with Scientology.

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Carell and Colbert on The Dana Carvey Show - VIDEOS

by Bob Sassone, posted May 13th 2007 3:15PM

Colbert and CarellThey really should release this show on DVD. As Adam noted before, it really is quite amazing how clever and ahead of its time it was, and equally amazing the caliber of talent that worked on the show in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

After the jump are several videos of Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert on The Dana Carvey Show. They've gone their separate ways, but if you include their work here and on The Daily Show and as Ace and Gary on Saturday Night Live, they could have been the next great comedy team. And then they would have gotten sick of each other and broken up and not spoken for 20 years and then reunited by Jon Stewart on a telethon.

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Isaac Hayes complains about his South Park days

by Julia Ward, posted Jan 25th 2007 10:09AM
Isaac Hayes Chef South ParkBiting the hand that feeds you is a popular sport in Hollywoodland. We all know that Scientologist Isaac Hayes, the voice of South Park's Chef, parted ways with the show after its Emmy-nominated, Scientology-mocking "Trapped in the Closet" episode aired last year. Hayes was reported as saying that the show had crossed from "satire" to "intolerance," which is apparently what happens when your own belief system is mocked instead of someone else's. Following the controversy, Chef was served an unholy and definitive end in which he was burned, beaten, impaled, shot and quartered by a grizzly bear and a mountain lion. Oh, and he defecated as he expired.

Given this series of cartoon events, why the New York Post would bother to ask Hayes whether or not he planned on returning to the show is beyond me, but Hayes' answer was clear.

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Penn and Parker on the radio

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 21st 2006 2:05PM
trey parkerSouth Park co-creator Trey Parker paid a visit to comedian/magician Penn Jillette's radio show the other day, and you can listen to the entire show by clicking over to the PennRadio site. Don't wait too long, though, because they only list shows for the last few days, and there's no archive of past shows. Parker and Jillette talked about all the craziness that has centered around the show in the past year, but Penn also touched on something that often gets ignored in stories about the show, which is that beneath all the subversiveness and political incorrectness, the show can actually be very patriotic, and very human. Parker talks about Isaac Hayes leaving the show, and maintains that Hayes' constituents in the Scientology community had more to do with shaping the aftermath of Hayes' departure than anyone realizes. He also talks about people who have confronted him about the show, and reveals that often it's liberals, and not conservatives, who take issue with the show's subject matter.

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South Park creators discuss their crazy year

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 19th 2006 3:02PM

south parkIGN has a lengthy two-part interview with South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, whose show has been on for ten years but has probably received more press in just the last year due to controversial episodes that ruffled the feathers of more than a few, including Isaac Hayes, Catholics, and their own bosses at Comedy Central. The best parts are included in the second part of the interview, when Comedy Central president Doug Herzog actually chimes in to give the network's side of the story as to why they chose not to show an image of Mohammad during the second "Cartoon Wars" episode, despite the religious icon being shown, without incident, three or four years previously. In fact, Parker mentions that when the Danish cartoon controversy ignited he thought it was because they had finally seen that particular episode.

What they also point out, and what I found especially interesting, is that South Park, in many ways, got its start online when people began downloading precursors such as "The Spirit of Christmas" and "Jesus vs. Frosty." These days, it's also one of the top downloads on iTunes. As Parker points out, "It doesn't lose anything. It's not like you're waiting for the kick-ass visuals and the surround sound or anything. So on an iPod -- it's a perfect iPod thing. So I think it's great." The series has gone through a lot of changes, both visually and even politically, but it still maintains the same kind of minimalist charm.

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Comedy Central puts Chef highlights online

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 24th 2006 7:09PM
chef; online; comedy centralComedy Central has put a 'best of' Chef compilation of clips on the Motherload section of its website. If you're wondering why, read this and this. I'm assuming it includes the classic "Chocolate Salty Balls" song, but I can only speculate because Comedy Central's website doesn't like my Mac. Grrr.

Speaking of Chef and Scientology and all things wacky... South Park fans have launched a campaign to boycott this summer's release of Mission: Impossible III, starring Tom Cruise.

[Via Pop Candy]

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South Park: The Return of Chef!

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 23rd 2006 10:00AM

Chef South Park[This episode review contains spoilers]

Isaac Hayes' time spent on South Park was no accident. He was the always the first and only choice to play Chef, and creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone worked hard to convince him their silly little cartoon would be worth doing. Over the better part of a decade, Hayes seemed to really embrace both the character and the show's brutal satire.

And until a few days ago, everything remained seemingly copacetic. Suddenly, however, Hayes left the show over its jabs at religion, leading many, including the show's creators, to believe he had actually left the show over the "Trapped in the Closet" episode which made fun of Tom Cruise and the Church of Scientology, of which Hayes is also a member.

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YouTube has Tom Cruise episode of South Park

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 22nd 2006 12:27PM
tom cruise south parkThere has been a lot of uproar over the 'Come out of the Closet' episode of South Park from both Isaac Hayes (allegedly) and from Tom Cruise lately. Maybe you're getting sick of hearing about it. Or, maybe you're wishing you'd seen it when it aired a few months ago. I think it's pretty safe to assume the episode-in-question is never going to see the light of day again on Comedy Central, but the cool cats over at YouTube have been kind enough to post the ENTIRE EPISODE on their website.

They also have clips from a hilarious bit on Jimmy Kimmel where Isaac Hayes' new job is to do all the voiceover for Tom Cruise.

[Via The Superficial]

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Chef returns to South Park?

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 21st 2006 11:55AM

south park chefThe new season of South Park kicks off tomorrow evening, and if you've been watching the promos, you might have noticed the newest episode will supposedly focus on Chef's return to South Park.

But wait, didn't Isaac Hayes, the man who plays Chef, leave the show over its satirical jabs at religion (*cough* Scientology *cough*)? Yes, in fact, he did, which is leading to some speculation as to exactly how his character will be used and whether Parker and Stone plan to use the episode to make fun of Hayes and the whole Scientology debacle. Of course, some are speculating there's more to Hayes' departure than we realize. Remember that since South Park is created on computers it's easy to throw together an episode at the last minute, and possibly that's what happened here. According to a network synopsis of the episode, Chef returns to South Park, but with noticeable changes in his personality, and the boys try to help him get back to normal. Seems like even if the show turns out not to be about the recent rhubarb, its creators are using it to get people intrigued about the new episode.

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Hayes didn't quit South Park, says Fox News reporter

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 20th 2006 8:38PM
Isaac HayesRoger Friedman of Fox News finds it hard to believe Isaac Hayes quit South Park because he was offended by its episode making fun of Scientology. In this article, he provides a few pieces of evidence: a snippet from an Onion A.V. Club interview where Hayes glibly talks about the episode, saying he didn't mind, and the fact that Friedman himself saw Hayes play "Salty Chocolate Balls" during a concert that happened after the episode aired.

Then he drops a mini-bombshell: Hayes was not in the hospital for exhaustion in January; in fact, he suffered a mild stroke from which he is still recovering. Friedman speculates that Hayes is too busy recovering to worry about South Park right now, and that the press release stating he was quitting was done without his permission. Maybe a missive from Scientology Central? I'm pretty sure we'll find out soon enough.

[Photo: AP]

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South Park creators declare war on Scientology

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 17th 2006 8:41PM
tom cruise south park advertisingYou may have noticed that Wednesday night's episode of South Park was not the one where Tom Cruise refuses to come out of the closet numerous times, as was previously scheduled. The abrupt change actually had nothing to do with the fact that the episode was the final straw for Chef Isaac Hayes. Comedy Central yanked that episode at the last minute because Tom Cruise threatened Viacom with pulling Mission: Impossible-3 advertising if it aired again (is anyone else nervous about the amount of power that man has?).

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone released this hilarious and potentially inflammatory statement through their lawyer today:

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Isaac Hayes quits South Park

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 13th 2006 8:57PM
ChefA huge disappointment for South Park fans everywhere: Isaac Hayes has quit his role as Chef. It's no big shock that, as a Scientologist, Hayes was offended by November's "Trapped In The Closet" episode. However, many, including the South Park creators, are shocked that Hayes chose now to stand up against the cartoon's disrespect toward religion. To back out of the job and say that the material is personally offensive is one matter, but to scold the show for making fun of religions after doing season after season of jokes about Christians, Mormons, Buddhists, Hindus, and everything else under the sun, is downright preposterous (and it takes a hell of a lot to make me use "preposterous"). Frankly, I am saddened by both Hayes' decision and his reasoning.

Chef has always been one of my favorite characters... I'm too distraught to even make a chocolate salty balls joke.

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Isaac Hayes in hospital

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 18th 2006 3:28PM
Isaac Hayes, the singer, composer and actor who is most recognized these days for providing the voice of Chef on South Park is being treated for exhaustion in a Memphis hospital. Hayes won an Oscar in 1971 for composing the theme to the movie Shaft and still tours with his band. He recently did an interview with The Onion where he talked mostly about his music career and his response to South Park's recent tirade against Tom Cruise and Scientology (Hayes is himself a Scientologist). As it turns out, he has a sense of humor about it. I always kind of figured as much.

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