South Park creators miss deadline to air “Goth Kids 3” episode, blame power outage

They’ve spent up to 17 seasons on their own deadlines, pushing animation to the limit to bring you a fresh new episode of South Park.

In the 2011 documentary, South Park, 6 Days to Air, you saw how creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker made it all happen. This week, the dynamic duo finally blew a deadline and failed to submit their half-hour episode to Comedy Central in time for last night’s airing. Blame it on the electricity. Or lack thereof.

South Park Studios announced Wednesday that a power outage Tuesday night shut down its computers and animators who were working on editing, rendering and sound issues to complete the episode, “Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers.”

“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,” Parker said.

Comedy Central instead inserted a repeat last night and had Parker and Stone provide live-Tweet commentary.

“Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers” will air next Wednesday, Oct. 23rd. They had made enough headway by Monday to submit a teaser clip for Comedy Central to promote the “Goth Kids 3” episode. You’ll just have to remain teased for another week.

For another look at how Matt & Trey and the gang make their episodes in six days, just like God, check out this day-by-day storyboarding from 2008’s “Super Fun Thyme” in Six Days To South Park.

There’s also the great 2011 documentary, 6 Days to Air, which is available as part of the 15th season DVD set.

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