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South Park: In the Dark

The show goes black due to a power outage on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 for the first time in 17 seasons.
South Park: In the Dark
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Can you believe South Park has been on television for 17 seasons already?  And, with the exception of a few weaker episodes (:cough: “Manbearpig” :cough:), it has remained consistently good over the years.  This season’s premiere episode “World War Zimmerman” was highly praised, a rarity when it comes to any program’s season premiere.

Though, despite being more than seasoned veterans by this point, those involved in South Park’s production experienced a first this week: they were unable to air their previously scheduled episode "Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers" (number 1704, which would have brought back fan favorites, the Goth Kids) due to a power outage that occurred at South Park Studios. 

The episode’s air date has been re-scheduled for next Wednesday, October 23, 2013, in their usual time-slot, 10:00/9:00c p.m. on Comedy Central.  So which episode did they turn to in a pinch in order to fill yesterday’s slot?  Why, none other than the mostly unanimous fan favorite “Scott Tenorman Must Die,” in which Cartman ultimately tricks bully Scott Tenorman into eating his dead parents.  Seriously, if you’ve never seen it, this is arguably the best episode of South Park’s entire run.

To help make it up to the fans some, there was live-tweeting during “Tenorman’s” broadcast.  And, just in case you thought this was all some clever ruse creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker thought up because they just couldn’t get their work done on time, the guys actually posted several photos of them stressing out in the dark at the studio.

As per the studio’s website, the loss of power affected such areas as animation, rendering, editing and sound – in other words, pretty much everything.  Parker took it all in stride, though, explaining how he felt lucky to have been on time with every episode in the past, so it was only a matter of time before the other shoe dropped and they ended up having to miss an air date.

Parker and Stone have actually served as executive producers of South Park throughout the entirety of its run with Anne Garefino acting as co-executive producer for some of the later episodes of the first season. 

Debbie Liebling, 20th Century Fox’s Senior Production Executive, also worked as an executive producer during South Park’s first five seasons.  Liebling worked to make production efforts as seamless as possible between South Park Studios in California and the headquarters for Comedy Central, which is located in New York City.

Those who work on South Park have ass-busting jobs.  This is because scripts are not written prior to a new season’s beginning.  Production of every episode begins on Thursday of each week (the night after the previous episode aired) wherein the writers then bounce ideas off of Parker and Stone.  Whichever ones are accepted are the ones that get produced.  With this in mind, it’s easy to understand why every minute counts right up until the episode airs.

Stone and Parker have been asked in prior interviews if they would ever consider making a sequel to their hugely successful South Park film, South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut.  The boys have stated that a theatrically released sequel would more than likely conclude the series.

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