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Prime Time Review: ‘South Park’ falls short of airing deadline for the first time

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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 4:00 am

Making a television program is quite a daunting task. Collecting and assembling all of the moving pieces that go into broadcasting a television show would be an overwhelming task for many of the most organized people. Throw in doing it every single week and you have a recipe for insanity. 

That is exactly what Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the co-creators of popular late night show “South Park” do in the process of making their show. 

Every week, the crew over at South Park Studios is hard at work brainstorming, storyboarding, and animating its show for release every Wednesday at 10 p.m. For the first time in 17 seasons of hard work, South Park Studios was unable to finish their episode before their deadline due to a power outage in its studios on Oct. 15. The episode that was supposed to air the following day was unable to be finished and submitted.

It is no secret that the “South Park” production team builds these episodes from the ground up in six days. A documentary titled “The Making of South Park: Six Days to Air” was released a few years ago to give fans a behind the scenes look at the extremely hectic work that goes into the making of the show. Parker and Stone, famous for their self-proclaimed procrastination, very rarely turn in their final copy of the show until hours before it actually goes live. It is of little surprise that something finally got in the way. 

In a statement posted on both the show’s production website as well as that of Comedy Central, episode 1704, “Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers,” will not be airing at its scheduled time because of a power outage that shut down everything in the studios. The crew was just in the process of finishing editing and adding the sound to the animation and lost power to all of their computers.

“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,” Trey Parker said.

Comedy Central will be airing the missed episode, the show’s 240th, the following Wednesday at the regular time. To replace the missing programming the night of Oct. 16, the network aired and live-tweeted the fan favorite episode, “Scott Tenorman Must Die.” Aside from airing this classic episode, South Park Studios also tweeted out and shared a host of fun-facts about the episode and the show in general. Stone and Parker also tweeted some pictures of a very bummed out production crew in the blacked-out studios. 

“South Park” recently began its 17th season, the premier pulling in more than four million viewers, a record high for the long lived show. Despite temporary drawbacks, the team at South Park Studios is already back to the grindstone and hopefully taking advantage of the extra time they now have to work on next week’s episode. Hopefully there will be no more power outages this year over at the studios.

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