South Park, for all its tendencies to offend literally everyone in existence, is a tightly run ship. Making their show in a ridiculously compressed time frame — six days before air-time as opposed to months before like most shows — creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone had somehow never missed a South Park deadline in its 13 years on the air. Until now.
Egads, South Park! What possible excuse could you have for this??
Well, it turns out there was a three-hour power outage last Tuesday that caused enough delays that this Wednesday's episode wasn't able to be finished. Which, you know, seems reasonable, considering how quickly things must run for South Park to make it to air.
"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,” said a statement from Comedy Central.
Executive producer Anne Garefino commented in one video that, “I think one of the reasons they do South Park at the last minute … is they always think they’re going to find something funnier if they don’t put it down until the very last minute.”
Still, we can't imagine Cartman or the other South Park characters are very pleased.