Comedy Central to Air Encore Presentation of 'South Park' Tonight Instead of New Episode Due to Power Outage at South Park Studios

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October 16th, 2013

South Park power outage

via press release:

On Tuesday night, South Park Studios lost power.  From animation to rendering to editing and sound, all of their computers were down for hours and they 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.”

Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers” will air next Wednesday, October 23rd.

In place tonight Comedy Central will air a Live-Tweeted presentation of “Scott Tenorman Must Die” at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT

 
  • Chris_SAdvisor

    Sounds a little fishy. I cannot imagine any professional group not having UPS with generator backups. Every major system I have ever seen had them, and with the kind of cash they are raking in, their admin should have a clue. I guess they will now.

  • Dan

    Well there was no new episode scheduled for next Wed anyway so this just means the new episode will simply air next week and replace an encore.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Chris_SAdvisor
    Sounds a little fishy. I cannot imagine any professional group not having UPS with generator backups. Every major system I have ever seen had them, and with the kind of cash they are raking in, their admin should have a clue. I guess they will now.

    Not to mention waiting until the very last second to get your show ready for air!

  • Igwell

    Yeah, it works out better this way, since The Daily Show and Colbert Report are in reruns this week.

  • Anthony

    Not to mention waiting until the very last second to get your show ready for air!

    They have always done this. Because of their animation style/production process, episodes can be completed very quickly (insanely quick compared to traditional animated shows like the Simpsons and Family Guy) which allows them to do more nuanced and current social commentary than other shows (and they like to use that to their advantage).

  • Maximillian

    @allofhertwist

    They even have a documentary on how they do the shows in 6 days. They started doing it this way around Nov. 2008

  • Brandon

    They have been doing the show in six days way longer than that, Maximillian. Since very early in the run of the show.

  • Ultima

    @AllOfHerTwist
    Not to mention waiting until the very last second to get your show ready for air!

    As others have mentioned, the short and last minute production time (they literally don’t start brainstorming ideas for the upcoming show until Thursday) allow for current events satire on an unprecedented level. Sure, other programs like late night talk shows or SNL can do it to, but that’s only sketches while South Park is a full length scripted series.

    I recommend watching the “Six Days to Air” documentary even if you aren’t a big fan of the series (it’s free at the South Park Studios site and on Netflix).

  • Rob

    “I cannot imagine any professional group not having UPS with generator backups”

    It’s not all that uncommon. Having worked for multibillion dollar a year companies IT departments, rarely do I find that they have anything more than a UPS that can keep their SANs and servers up for more than 20-30 minutes. The company I work for right now makes about 4 billion a year, and the CEO refuses to let us install a back up generator just to power the servers. Blows my mind, but it’s certainly not uncommon.

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