“The Ren & Stimpy Show”
Ren Stimpy, “The Ren & Stimpy Show” returns with new episodes – 25 years after its original series ended.
Nearly 25 years after wrapping its run, ‘Ren & Stimpy’ is returning to TV.https://t.co/WTdpb3w4jB
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) August 5, 2020
“The Ren Stimpy Show”
Comedy Central commissioned an updated version of the insanely anarchic, humorous, and trippy adult cartoon series, which aired on Nickelodeon and MTV from 1991 to 1996, and followed the surreal gadgets of fiery / psychotic Chihuahua Ren and of her stupid black cat buddy Stimpy. (Their proper names are Ren Hoeck and Stimpson J. Cat.) In addition, the unofficial title song for the series “Happy Happy Joy Joy” was created.
Billy West, the voice of Stimpy – and Ren (for three seasons) – is expected to return for a revival with several of the original writers. Scandal-ridden series creator Jon Kricfalusi who is the subject of a new documentary on streaming services on August 14, will not be involved.
The original animated series aired for five seasons and developed a loyal cult following, with celebrities including Frank Zappa, Soleil Moon Frye, Mark Hamill and Phil Hartman playing minor characters.
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The pioneering cartoon series “South Park” is already in Comedy Central and is already airing in season 23. It was renewed in season 26, broadcast in over 130 countries around the world in 30 different languages, and has been successful on multiple platforms. It was the best animated series on Hulu and is now streaming exclusively on HBO Max.
In the meantime, a revival of the cult animated series “Clone High” (2002-03) with original series creators Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Bill Lawrence will return to sister network MTV.
“We don’t do the same shows,” said Chris McCarthy, president of ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group. “The world has changed so much. For me, these are not remakes, but new presentations. For example, “Beavis and Butt-Head” was defined by GenXers, my generation, who now have kids and are raising GenZers.
“And here we find Beavis and Butt-Head – each with a child who is about to enter high school.”
This increase in animation is part of the success of the rating of parent company ViacomCBS, whose portfolio includes Paramount Network (and its hit cable series “Yellowstone” with Kevin Costner) and Pop TV, which have found their series of breakout in the Emmy-nominated comedy “Schitt’s Creek,” which was in the April ended its six-season run.
“We’re really making a dramatic change in Comedy Central, where ‘South Park’ is killing it,” McCarthy says. “The great thing about animation is that you can take the harsh truth of life and deal with it with funny jokes – even if they aren’t funny.
“It’s a visual manifestation of sheer madness … and the rise of adult entertainment is growing rapidly.”