With their hectic, one episode per-week schedule, a missed deadline always seemed inevitable, and last night it finally happened
South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have developed a weekly routine in which they and their team of writers, animators and the rest of the South Park Studios come up with the idea for an episode and get it on air all in seven days. With such a tight schedule to work from, and the fact that procrastination is much more fun that a serious work ethic, a missed deadline always seemed likely to happen. On Wednesday, 16 October night, this is exactly what happened.
We can't just blame the team behind the episode that should have been aired last night, as the studios where the controversial comedy is made was hit with a power cut right on the last day of production (15 Oct.), rendering the episode in limbo until the problem was fixed. The power didn't come on in time for the episode to be finished before it's slot on Comedy Central though, and the episode 'Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers' will be aired next week instead.
South Park Studios released a statement shortly before the episode was due to air, explaining, "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."
But fans of the show weren't left twiddling their thumbs and staring at the walls on Wednesday night, as the South Park Twitter page was running at full capacity, giving fans behind the scenes pictures and bits of trivia from the show. Among the tweets included some pictures from within the blackout-stricken studio as well as a live tweet-recap of one of the most popular episodes the show has produced; 'Scott Tenorman Must Die.'
Also among the tweets was a mini-statement from show creator Trey Parker, who was quoted as saying, "Sucks to miss an air date but after all these years delivering the show last minute...it was bound to happen."
'Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers' will air next Wednesday, 23 October at 10 EST. And with so much time to prepare for the following episode, chances are that the SP crew will get a head start on the next episode right? No, who are we kidding.