The fact that it has taken this long to report the news is a major shock in itself. There will be no new “South Park” for the first time tonight in the history of the Comedy Central series, as a blackout at the show’s animation studio caused the team to actually not finish the episode on time.
If you were wondering for whatever reason why it was taking so long for co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone to actually produce a new episode in the first place, the answer to that is that the guys are notorious procrastinators who never finish until pretty close to the time of the hour airing. The most notable example of this is how they managed to have an episode together about Barack Obama becoming President a day after it happened, with them taking a gamble that he was going to win as they worked on it the day before. This method has allowed them at times to be the most current show on TV, but then again, you have the risk that always comes when something like this happens.
In a statement today, Parker acknowledges something that we are pretty sure that everyone has thought about on at least one occasional or another:
“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 Posersin time for air tonight.. It sucks to miss an airdate, but after all these years of tempting fate by delivering the show last minute, I guess it was bound to happen.”
There have been almost 250 other episodes of “South Park” to come out before this time, and all of them somehow managed to come out on time. We’ll say this about the shocking news today: This is probably the best thing to happen to “South Park” all year, since nobody’s been talking about them. In the age of Twitter and awful behavior happening all of the time, are they really that shocking or relevant anymore? While some episodes have a warm place in our heart (the Scientology and “World of Warcraft” episodes in particular), we haven’t caught a new episode of the show in years.
“South Park” already announced at the start of the year that they would change up production slightly, and have seasons that run for ten episodes.
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