South Park writers Trey Parker and Matt Stone are taking a break from the South Park universe to help raise awareness for Ebola.
Parker will reprise his role as South Park protagonist Parker Brody, while Stone is directing the new season of the hit animated comedy.
The duo, who co-wrote the new episode, are also expected to star.
“South Park” season 10 premieres on Wednesday, April 11 at 10 p.m.
ET/PT on Comedy Central.
Parker, Stone and Dan Harmon, the creators of “South Chat,” will also executive produce the new installment.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Parker said the new episodes will be an extension of the characters journey through a time of extreme danger.
“It’s a story that’s about as close as you can get to what it was like to be a kid when you’re sick, and it’s not going to be an exact replica of what it’s like to get that first dose of the virus, because it’s just not realistic,” he said.
“We’re not trying to make it look like it’s going to happen in real life, so I don’t want to pretend it’s a real thing, but we’re trying to find the closest thing we can to a real-life experience that can help people in their journey.”
Parker and Stone have a long history of supporting causes, and Parker is the co-founder of the advocacy group #SouthPark.
“I’m doing this because I’m an American who cares about people in the middle of an epidemic, and we’re not really doing it in South Park because we’re scared of the press, or we’re afraid of what people think,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
“And I think there’s a lot of people out there who care about this, and they just don’t have a voice.
Parker, who has been a regular contributor to Comedy Central’s “South of Nowhere,” is set to direct the new “South” episode.”
There’s a huge amount of fear around this, so it’s really important for us to take a stand and be bold.”
Parker, who has been a regular contributor to Comedy Central’s “South of Nowhere,” is set to direct the new “South” episode.