Cleaning up ‘South Park’ for syndication

CartmanMort Marcus just might have the toughest job in television. For the past year, he’s been cleaning up episodes of South Park for its move into broadcast syndication, TV Guide reports. (The first syndicated run begins tonight.) Marcus has been running his edits through an extensive vetting system that includes Trey Parker and Matt Stone as well as a board that represents the broadcasters. So what is left after the “nip-tucking”? Mr. Hankey made the cut, as did Chef’s chocolate salty balls. But you won’t see visuals of Kenny’s shrinking hemorrhoid or hear the Lord’s name attached to any “-damned” expletives. “We’ve been careful that the show stays funny,” Marcus says. “At the end of the day, every single cut, no matter what we do, is run by Matt and Trey, so that creatively the program holds up. To tell you the truth, I wonder if anyone can even tell what’s been cut.”

—Posted by Tim Nudd

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