South Park Studios Hit by Common Business Continuity Disaster

History was made last Wednesday. For the first time ever, South Park Studios missed a deadline.

The producers of the show, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, are notorious for cutting it close to the wire. They constantly tout the show's six-day turnaround time as a way to keep the show fresh and topical, but this week a common business disaster felled the five-time Emmy and multi-Tony award winners.

Parker and Stone with several Tony awards.
From LATimesBlog.
A statement from Comedy Central explains: "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."

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