‘South Park’ Studios Loses Power, Misses Show Deadline for the First Time Ever

By October 16, 2013
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For the first time ever, South Park Studios has missed their deadline to deliver a new episode of “South Park.”

Now you might be thinking to yourself, this is an animated show, so how is the episode not done already? Well, “South Park” is very unique for an animated series because they complete an episode in just six days, right up to the last minute, before the episode airs on Wednesday. Their process is chronicled in the TV documentary “Six Days to Air” which used to be on Netflix and the South Park Studios site, but is now a little more difficult to find.

Obviously this isn’t something that Trey Parker and Matt Stone need to do, but this is how they keep the series topical. You might remember that in the 2008 election month, the episode included the fact that Barack Obama had been elected president. That’s because they were working on the episode the same week of the election. It even used lines from Obama’s speech he gave the night before the episode aired.

However, this method of production has finally given them a bit of grief. But they didn’t fail to complete the new episode, “Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers,” because of employee error. Instead, Comedy Central sent out a press release explaining that South Park Studios lost power Tuesday night, so the crew was unable to finish rendering the animation, editing, and sound work because computers were down for hours. Here are some night vision images from within South Park Studios when the power was out:

South Park - Night Vision

Trey Parker says, ““It sucks to miss an air date but after all these years of tempting fate by delivering the show last minute, I guess it was bound to happen.” Tonight Comedy Central will air a Live-Tweeted presentation of the classic episode “Scott Tenorman Must Die” in the “South Park” timeslot and the new episode will air next Wednesday, October 23rd instead.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.