South Park was unable to meet its deadline for the first time in its 240+ episode history because of a power outage. That's 17 straight seasons of somehow making things work on a short deadline until now. What a bummer!
Comedy Central said:
“On Tuesday night, South Park Studios lost power. 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.”
If you've seen the most excellent documentary The Making of South Park: 6 Days to Air, you'd know that Trey Parker and Matt Stone rush and crawl and sprint and spazz and lull and miraculously/frantically/insanely inch to the finish line just in time to air each episode. It's a ridiculous amount of work to make you laugh on time. And when a power outage creeps on to South Park, it'd obviously screw everything up. Not unlike losing Internet at work or your computer crashing before a term paper is due. This is what it looks like when it happens to South Park: