History has been made: for the first time throughout its seventeen seasons and over two-hundred and forty episodes, 'South Park's creators failed to meet their episode deadline and no new episode will air tonight on Comedy Central.
So what was the culprit? Writer's block? A spat between creators? Nothing that dramatic--it was actually the result of an untimely power outage. Earlier this afternoon, Comedy Central released a statement about the freak occurrence. "On Tuesday night, South Park Studios lost power," the network said. "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 Poseurs' in time for air tonight."
When asked to weigh in about what happened, Parker didn't absolve his team of all guilt, despite the outage being beyond their control: "it sucks to miss an airdate," he said, "but after all these years of tempting fate by delivering the show last-minute, I guess it was bound to happen." Parker and Stone became notorious and then famous for putting together each episode of the long-running acclaimed animated comedy mere days before it was set to air. This trademark production style has allowed the show to spoof and lampoon current events faster than any other show of its type.
The new episode will air Oct. 23. Tonight, Comedy Central will offer a rerun of the episode 'Scott Tenorman Must Die,' one of the most celebrated episodes of the entire series' run.
Check out some action shots of the South Park Studios team dealing with the Tuesday night blackout, below: