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Trey Parker and Matt Stone Missed Tonight’s “South Park” Deadline Due To Power Outage

South Park has one of TV animation’s most rigorous and unconventional production schedules with episodes often finished just hours before airtime. A new episode was scheduled to debut tonight, but the crew missed their deadline due to a power outage at their studio last night. (It speaks to the consistency of Parker and Stone that missing a deadline is such a big story. When I worked on Ren & Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon, it would have been newsworthy if we’d actually MADE a deadline.)

Trey Parker and Matt Stone released blackout photos along with the following statement:

On Tuesday night, South Park Studios lost power. From animation to rendering to editing and sound, all of our computers were down for hours and we were unable to finish episode 1704 “Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers” in time for air tonight. Trey Parker said, “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.”

In place of the new episode, Comedy Central will air two older episodes: “World War Zimmerman” and the classic “Scott Tenorman Must Die.” Parker and Stone will live-tweet both episodes on the @SouthPark handle with behind-the-scenes production details. The new episode, “Goth Kids 3,” will air next Wednesday.

(via Gawker)

  • alt animation podcast

    Well my night just opened up…

  • Roberto Severino

    I would have been too busy to watch anyway. Hope they are able to get back on track.

  • Jason Cezar Duncan

    Probably was a break for the animators. Working as one on that show must suck.

    • Kris Kail

      it sucks for the ten weeks they work on it, but if they get paid well enough then the other 42 weeks of the year must be amazing

  • They have more than enough episodes they could rerun.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Lord knows what convenience we have today not to be bothered by those snafus, but I guess some of us still like to revel in that what-if.

  • Samm Davis Sr’s Uncle

    Everyone who worked on that needs a good talking to..

  • Ryan

    Good message to the government: don’t tempt fate by pushing up close to deadlines.

  • Alfred

    Why don’t they have an emergency power backup system in place? I’m quite certain that they could afford a Tripp Lite heavy duty UPS after all those years running a successful show.