October 19, 2013
South Park Misses Deadline – Goth Kids Be Damned!
Those tuning in this past Wednesday to see South Park’s latest episode, Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers were treated instead to a repeat. In the history of the show, which for 13 years creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have famously delivered episodes to Comedy Central just hours before airtime, they have never missed a deadline.
But, there is a first time for everything and on Wednesday, October 16, the duo faced overwhelming odds thanks to a power failure at the South Park Studios, thereby making it impossible for the completion of the episode.
As a result, Comedy Central was forced to air a repeat.
“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 in a statement as reported by Entertainment Weekly.
While many TV shows are scripted months in advance and are long in the can before their air date, South Park has instead worked with a six day advance cycle. This has allowed the hit animated series to be more culturally relevant.
A joke a few seasons back was that shows such as The Simpsons had already “done it,” and there was little possibility for other shows to have truly original storylines. However, South Park has truly surpassed The Simpsons and virtually every other show out there. And that includes Law & Order: SVU, which claims to have stories that are ripped from the headlines.
Sometimes South Park is still a little late to the game, as last week’s World War Zimmerman proved. This episode took on both the zombie apocalypse film World War Z and the controversial George Zimmerman verdict that came down in July. Given that the show was in hiatus, we couldn’t expect much more, of course.
It should also be remembered that this is the show that was able to deliver a post-election night episode in 2008 that was a true classic. Instead of covering topics that are old or overplayed, South Park manages to remain on the cutting edge.
It also continues not to pull punches.
Consider that both South Park and The Simpsons offered parodies of Fox’s 24 just weeks apart. The South Park version was far edgier and involved a WMD (weapon of mass destruction) that was placed in the then Presidential-hopeful Hillary Clinton’s very private parts, while The Simpsons plot merely involved a stink bomb that was to be set off in the school. Wasn’t it The Simpsons that was once considered a controversial show? In fairness, Kiefer Sutherland did provide a cameo appearance (in voice and likeness/character as Jack Bauer) in The Simpsons’ version. That’s not surprising that both ran/run on Fox.
However, for the most part, The Simpsons has been behind the curve.
The Simpson’s most timely parody may have been the season opener just last month that served up a take on Showtime’s Homeland. That’s actually somewhat impressive, given that the show, which is in its 25th season, is likely in production with storylines for next season now.
South Park Studio, meanwhile, is likely finishing Goth Kids 3 and probably taking this extra time to work on the October 30th episode as well.
Image Credit: South Park Studios / Comedy Central