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(Entertainment Weekly)   For the first time ever, the South Park guys missed the deadline. No new episode tonight   (insidetv.ew.com) divider line 102
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2013-10-16 08:06:36 PM  
Booooo! Boooo power outage boo!
 
2013-10-16 08:18:25 PM  
FTFA: But Comedy Central says South Park Studios lost power for three hours on Tuesday (images below). "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," the network said in a statement. This is the first time in South Park's 240-episode history that a show has not aired as planned due to a blown deadline.

Trey Parker said in a statement: "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."



All this hi-tech hardware and software... All this reliance on technology... And it never dawned on anyone that maybe they should have a backup power system in place? No UPSs? No generators? Really?
 
2013-10-16 08:18:27 PM  
Thanks Obama!

/ Fark you, Ted Cruz.
 
2013-10-16 08:19:24 PM  
i249.photobucket.com
 
2013-10-16 08:22:26 PM  
img.pandawhale.com
 
2013-10-16 08:26:24 PM  
Shat happens.
 
2013-10-16 08:31:46 PM  
I figured this was going to be a statement on the government shutdown
 
2013-10-16 08:31:53 PM  
Damn. I was looking forward to another goth episode.
 
2013-10-16 08:33:12 PM  

Fark Me To Tears: All this hi-tech hardware and software... All this reliance on technology... And it never dawned on anyone that maybe they should have a backup power system in place? No UPSs? No generators? Really?


A battery backup or a generator for a TV show? This guy must really love him some  South Park.
 
2013-10-16 08:33:41 PM  

Fark Me To Tears: FTFA: But Comedy Central says South Park Studios lost power for three hours on Tuesday (images below). "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," the network said in a statement. This is the first time in South Park's 240-episode history that a show has not aired as planned due to a blown deadline.

Trey Parker said in a statement: "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."


All this hi-tech hardware and software... All this reliance on technology... And it never dawned on anyone that maybe they should have a backup power system in place? No UPSs? No generators? Really?


I've got two thoughts on that.  One, I'm assuming that said studios are in NYC, which almost never has a power outage.  Two, given how much tech must go into said production, I have to wonder how much would be spent on doing what you're saying.  Not that they can't afford it, but rich people don't get rich by buying into relatively extreme contingency plans.
 
2013-10-16 08:33:58 PM  
Didn't their documentary say they had an ep each season on standby just for this situation, or was that some other hacks?
 
2013-10-16 08:34:13 PM  
Considering how much money these guys have and how reliant they are on technology to produce episodes - I wonder if they ever remotely considered .... ya know ... a fark'n generator?
 
2013-10-16 08:34:48 PM  
*shakes tiny fist*
 
2013-10-16 08:43:03 PM  

Aar1012: I figured this was going to be a statement on the government shutdown


Me too. It seem like something right up their alley. I will still tune in to see if they do anything with the slot.
 
2013-10-16 08:43:55 PM  

FriarReb98: I've got two thoughts on that.  One, I'm assuming that said studios are in NYC, which almost never has a power outage.  Two, given how much tech must go into said production, I have to wonder how much would be spent on doing what you're saying.  Not that they can't afford it, but rich people don't get rich by buying into relatively extreme contingency plans.


One, Hurricane Sandy.

Two, for $30K they can buy a UPS that puts out 1500 watts for 12 hours. I would assume that American cartoonists/producers are able to get a tax break for such things as a business expense.

They're probably just too cocky to give a shiat at this point. If they'd been blacked out after "Cartman Gets An Anal Probe" they'd have bothered to buy a backup system.
 
2013-10-16 08:44:47 PM  

FriarReb98: Fark Me To Tears: FTFA: But Comedy Central says South Park Studios lost power for three hours on Tuesday (images below). "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," the network said in a statement. This is the first time in South Park's 240-episode history that a show has not aired as planned due to a blown deadline.

Trey Parker said in a statement: "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."


All this hi-tech hardware and software... All this reliance on technology... And it never dawned on anyone that maybe they should have a backup power system in place? No UPSs? No generators? Really?

I've got two thoughts on that.  One, I'm assuming that said studios are in NYC, which almost never has a power outage.  Two, given how much tech must go into said production, I have to wonder how much would be spent on doing what you're saying.  Not that they can't afford it, but rich people don't get rich by buying into relatively extreme contingency plans.


gingerjet: Considering how much money these guys have and how reliant they are on technology to produce episodes - I wonder if they ever remotely considered .... ya know ... a fark'n generator?


UPSes are only meant to allow enough time for a proper shutdown, to protect data from corruption due to improperly closed files, etc.> They almost certainly did have those, but those won't last long enough for a power outage lasting hours.

As for generators, yes, they probably will consider them now. In fact, I dare say that this experience may inspire an episode.
 
2013-10-16 08:44:51 PM  

mekki: I will still tune in to see if they do anything with the slot.


They're rerunning Scott Tenerman Must Die and live-tweeting it.
 
2013-10-16 08:45:30 PM  

FriarReb98: Fark Me To Tears: FTFA: But Comedy Central says South Park Studios lost power for three hours on Tuesday (images below). "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," the network said in a statement. This is the first time in South Park's 240-episode history that a show has not aired as planned due to a blown deadline.

Trey Parker said in a statement: "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."


All this hi-tech hardware and software... All this reliance on technology... And it never dawned on anyone that maybe they should have a backup power system in place? No UPSs? No generators? Really?

I've got two thoughts on that.  One, I'm assuming that said studios are in NYC, which almost never has a power outage.  Two, given how much tech must go into said production, I have to wonder how much would be spent on doing what you're saying.  Not that they can't afford it, but rich people don't get rich by buying into relatively extreme contingency plans.


Not only that... but this hasn't happened in 220 episodes.

I'm guessing that now, they'll have a backup system in place.
 
2013-10-16 08:48:06 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: Booooo! Boooo power outage boo!


Bathia_Mapes
Booooo! Boooo power outage boo!


Nice
 
2013-10-16 08:53:12 PM  
I love South Park. It came out my freshman year of high school and it was THE cultural touchstone of the whole year. It was the common thread of every clique in that place. And I still think Woodland Critter Christmas is the most perfect piece of comedy ever made. But it's been running out of steam for a while now. These guys are rich beyond their wildest dreams and they deserve it. But it couldn't last forever. Just like the Simpsons, National Lampoon, and the Onion, comedy powerhouses eventually run their course.
 
2013-10-16 08:54:28 PM  
Wanted for questioning:

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2013-10-16 09:00:08 PM  

Magnanimous_J: I love South Park. It came out my freshman year of high school and it was THE cultural touchstone of the whole year. It was the common thread of every clique in that place. And I still think Woodland Critter Christmas is the most perfect piece of comedy ever made. But it's been running out of steam for a while now. These guys are rich beyond their wildest dreams and they deserve it. But it couldn't last forever. Just like the Simpsons, National Lampoon, and the Onion, comedy powerhouses eventually run their course.


While the show still has its moments, they have the ability and power to make hilarious movies and get away with shiat that people rarely get away with these days.  While I don't want a Team America or Baseketball sequel, I do want more film content from them because they're hilarious.
 
2013-10-16 09:00:41 PM  

clkeagle: FriarReb98: Fark Me To Tears: FTFA: But Comedy Central says South Park Studios lost power for three hours on Tuesday (images below). "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," the network said in a statement. This is the first time in South Park's 240-episode history that a show has not aired as planned due to a blown deadline.

Trey Parker said in a statement: "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."


All this hi-tech hardware and software... All this reliance on technology... And it never dawned on anyone that maybe they should have a backup power system in place? No UPSs? No generators? Really?

I've got two thoughts on that.  One, I'm assuming that said studios are in NYC, which almost never has a power outage.  Two, given how much tech must go into said production, I have to wonder how much would be spent on doing what you're saying.  Not that they can't afford it, but rich people don't get rich by buying into relatively extreme contingency plans.

Not only that... but this hasn't happened in 220 episodes.

I'm guessing that now, they'll have a backup system in place.


Thought they were in Colorado. They beam the episode to Comedy Central... Central in NYC
 
2013-10-16 09:02:46 PM  
I assumed it was because their manatees got sick.
 
2013-10-16 09:05:27 PM  
Scott Tenorman Must Die is my favorite episode, so I am okay with this.
 
2013-10-16 09:07:49 PM  
And this ol' world continued to spin on its axis. BFD.
 
2013-10-16 09:07:55 PM  

Suckmaster Burstingfoam: FriarReb98: I've got two thoughts on that.  One, I'm assuming that said studios are in NYC, which almost never has a power outage.  Two, given how much tech must go into said production, I have to wonder how much would be spent on doing what you're saying.  Not that they can't afford it, but rich people don't get rich by buying into relatively extreme contingency plans.

One, Hurricane Sandy.

Two, for $30K they can buy a UPS that puts out 1500 watts for 12 hours. I would assume that American cartoonists/producers are able to get a tax break for such things as a business expense.

They're probably just too cocky to give a shiat at this point. If they'd been blacked out after "Cartman Gets An Anal Probe" they'd have bothered to buy a backup system.


The "power on" lights on their render farm servers probably take more juice than 1500 watts.
 
2013-10-16 09:14:01 PM  
Well, this should only mean that next week the new episode should be twice as good.
 
2013-10-16 09:15:28 PM  

Fark Me To Tears: All this hi-tech hardware and software... All this reliance on technology... And it never dawned on anyone that maybe they should have a backup power system in place? No UPSs? No generators? Really?


FriarReb98: I've got two thoughts on that. One, I'm assuming that said studios are in NYC,


SP Studios are in LA, in Marina del Rey.  What I can't believe is that they weren't able to find someone in LA who was willing to loan or rent them a portable generator just based on the fact that they're the guys who make South Park.
 
2013-10-16 09:19:24 PM  

bhcompy: Magnanimous_J: I love South Park. It came out my freshman year of high school and it was THE cultural touchstone of the whole year. It was the common thread of every clique in that place. And I still think Woodland Critter Christmas is the most perfect piece of comedy ever made. But it's been running out of steam for a while now. These guys are rich beyond their wildest dreams and they deserve it. But it couldn't last forever. Just like the Simpsons, National Lampoon, and the Onion, comedy powerhouses eventually run their course.

While the show still has its moments, they have the ability and power to make hilarious movies and get away with shiat that people rarely get away with these days.  While I don't want a Team America or Baseketball sequel, I do want more film content from them because they're hilarious.


Speak for yourself, I want an Orgazmo sequel.
 
2013-10-16 09:26:01 PM  
1 missed deadline in 13 years? then entire show done on a 6 day turn around? your industry prays for these numbers
 
2013-10-16 09:28:01 PM  
thecpt:

Thought they were in Colorado. They beam the episode to Comedy Central... Central in NYC

They're in California.

The show physically taken to a second location where it is transmitted in uncompressed HD via Fiber from LA to the facility that provides Origination Services for all of networks that fall under the "MTV Networks" umbrella. While that is in New York state, it is not in NYC.
 
2013-10-16 09:29:32 PM  
South Park has been awful this season anyway.. 3 epsiodes in and none of them were memorable.
 
2013-10-16 09:29:56 PM  
How much will this cost them to postpone a week?

If the cost of the "backup system" over 220 episodes is more than this, they wont get a backup system.
 
2013-10-16 09:31:13 PM  
You know, maybe they didn't spend a bunch of energy and money on throwing together an emergency backup plan because it's not that farking important.

They're making a cartoon, not keeping preemies on life support.  We are literally about to live through the worst case scenario...CC reruns one of the greatest half hours of television in it's archives (Tenorman), maybe a few less people tune in tonight, then it's back to the routine next week, and in a month no one will even remember it happened.  But yeah, they should drop tens of thousands of dollars to ensure that this tragedy never occurs again.
 
2013-10-16 09:32:00 PM  

jjorsett: Suckmaster Burstingfoam: FriarReb98: I've got two thoughts on that.  One, I'm assuming that said studios are in NYC, which almost never has a power outage.  Two, given how much tech must go into said production, I have to wonder how much would be spent on doing what you're saying.  Not that they can't afford it, but rich people don't get rich by buying into relatively extreme contingency plans.

One, Hurricane Sandy.

Two, for $30K they can buy a UPS that puts out 1500 watts for 12 hours. I would assume that American cartoonists/producers are able to get a tax break for such things as a business expense.

They're probably just too cocky to give a shiat at this point. If they'd been blacked out after "Cartman Gets An Anal Probe" they'd have bothered to buy a backup system.

The "power on" lights on their render farm servers probably take more juice than 1500 watts.


Easily.  UPSes are great for making sure people can save their work and safely shut down equipment, not to work off of for longer than a short time.  Generators are not available in many buildings and they are farking expensive to run.
 
2013-10-16 09:33:24 PM  

Aar1012: I figured this was going to be a statement on the government shutdown


this
 
2013-10-16 09:34:35 PM  
still can't believe people like to watch that peurile tripe
 
2013-10-16 09:36:43 PM  

mrEdude: still can't believe people like to watch that peurile tripe


still can't believe people don't use spellcheck, especially when making condescending comments about the intellect of others....
 
2013-10-16 09:39:11 PM  

Deece: You know, maybe they didn't spend a bunch of energy and money on throwing together an emergency backup plan because it's not that farking important.

They're making a cartoon, not keeping preemies on life support.  We are literally about to live through the worst case scenario...CC reruns one of the greatest half hours of television in it's archives (Tenorman), maybe a few less people tune in tonight, then it's back to the routine next week, and in a month no one will even remember it happened.  But yeah, they should drop tens of thousands of dollars to ensure that this tragedy never occurs again.


This is a very good point.

Every show that airs on a tight turn around has a chance to not air. It's a calculated risk. The networks have contingency in place for just these occasions.
 
2013-10-16 09:40:10 PM  

Leader O'Cola: mrEdude: still can't believe people like to watch that peurile tripe

still can't believe people don't use spellcheck, especially when making condescending comments about the intellect of others....



www.miataturbo.net
 
2013-10-16 09:46:44 PM  

Fark Me To Tears: FTFA: But Comedy Central says South Park Studios lost power for three hours on Tuesday (images below). "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," the network said in a statement. This is the first time in South Park's 240-episode history that a show has not aired as planned due to a blown deadline.

Trey Parker said in a statement: "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."


All this hi-tech hardware and software... All this reliance on technology... And it never dawned on anyone that maybe they should have a backup power system in place? No UPSs? No generators? Really?


So you don't really understand how this works?

Generators are not cheap. Like seriously not cheap. You don't just go to Home Depot and pick one up.  We're talking tens of thousands of dollars(Or $100K +), and they aren't something that are put in as standard equipment unless you live somewhere with regular extreme weather, such as tornado alley or hurricane country. Also UPSs are designed to give you enough time to save everything and power down the computer safely. You get about 15 minutes from a UPS.

Sorry, people asking about generators have always bothered me. It blew me away when I was working at an Applebee's in Phx, and when that major power outage happened in the mid-90s, people were seriously asking why a chain restaurant didn't have a generator. In reality, counting out hospitals and major data centers or government law enforcement buildings, we've all rarely been inside buildings with generators installed.
 
2013-10-16 09:46:53 PM  

justabitdisturbed: jjorsett: Suckmaster Burstingfoam: FriarReb98: I've got two thoughts on that.  One, I'm assuming that said studios are in NYC, which almost never has a power outage.  Two, given how much tech must go into said production, I have to wonder how much would be spent on doing what you're saying.  Not that they can't afford it, but rich people don't get rich by buying into relatively extreme contingency plans.

One, Hurricane Sandy.

Two, for $30K they can buy a UPS that puts out 1500 watts for 12 hours. I would assume that American cartoonists/producers are able to get a tax break for such things as a business expense.

They're probably just too cocky to give a shiat at this point. If they'd been blacked out after "Cartman Gets An Anal Probe" they'd have bothered to buy a backup system.

The "power on" lights on their render farm servers probably take more juice than 1500 watts.

Easily.  UPSes are great for making sure people can save their work and safely shut down equipment, not to work off of for longer than a short time.  Generators are not available in many buildings and they are farking expensive to run.



Yeah... It's one thing to rent a generator, it's another to buy the kind that would serve them. It would have to be pretty heavy duty I'd imagine... though I also imagine Comedy Central and/or South Park Studios right now is pricing them.

Some friends of mine used to put on a pretty big LAN party for a few years. We had as many as 200 people show up... Everyone had a gaming computer, plus we had a bunch of servers running games, and then a whole wired infrastructure as well - and I'm sure a few other things... For the event every year they had a diesel generator for the weekend. One year there was a storm and the power to the warehouse went out... and we just kept playing all night. The lights hanging from the ceiling were out, but with 200+ monitors still going you could see your way around fine.

So I think I've got a pretty good idea what kind of generator they'd be looking at. It was a pretty big thing, but what surprised me about it was how quiet it was... Sure they could rent one, but it probably would have taken a while to find one, get it out there and then get it hooked up. If you don't already own one and have it set up you might as well just wait for the power to get restored...
 
2013-10-16 09:51:55 PM  

Mikey1969: Fark Me To Tears: FTFA: But Comedy Central says South Park Studios lost power for three hours on Tuesday (images below). "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," the network said in a statement. This is the first time in South Park's 240-episode history that a show has not aired as planned due to a blown deadline.

Trey Parker said in a statement: "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."


All this hi-tech hardware and software... All this reliance on technology... And it never dawned on anyone that maybe they should have a backup power system in place? No UPSs? No generators? Really?

So you don't really understand how this works?

Generators are not cheap. Like seriously not cheap. You don't just go to Home Depot and pick one up.  We're talking tens of thousands of dollars(Or $100K +), and they aren't something that are put in as standard equipment unless you live somewhere with regular extreme weather, such as tornado alley or hurricane country. Also UPSs are designed to give you enough time to save everything and power down the computer safely. You get about 15 minutes from a UPS.

Sorry, people asking about generators have always bothered me. It blew me away when I was working at an Applebee's in Phx, and when that major power outage happened in the mid-90s, people were seriously asking why a chain restaurant didn't have a generator. In reality, counting out hospitals and major data centers or government law enforcement buildings, we've all rarely been inside buildings with generators installed.


Parker/Stone...they're each worth 100's of millions each. 100k so what.
 
2013-10-16 10:08:27 PM  

zvoidx: Mikey1969: Fark Me To Tears: FTFA: But Comedy Central says South Park Studios lost power for three hours on Tuesday (images below). "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," the network said in a statement. This is the first time in South Park's 240-episode history that a show has not aired as planned due to a blown deadline.

Trey Parker said in a statement: "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."


All this hi-tech hardware and software... All this reliance on technology... And it never dawned on anyone that maybe they should have a backup power system in place? No UPSs? No generators? Really?

So you don't really understand how this works?

Generators are not cheap. Like seriously not cheap. You don't just go to Home Depot and pick one up.  We're talking tens of thousands of dollars(Or $100K +), and they aren't something that are put in as standard equipment unless you live somewhere with regular extreme weather, such as tornado alley or hurricane country. Also UPSs are designed to give you enough time to save everything and power down the computer safely. You get about 15 minutes from a UPS.

Sorry, people asking about generators have always bothered me. It blew me away when I was working at an Applebee's in Phx, and when that major power outage happened in the mid-90s, people were seriously asking why a chain restaurant didn't have a generator. In reality, counting out hospitals and major data centers or government law enforcement buildings, we've all rarely been inside buildings with generators installed.

Parker/Stone...they're each worth 100's of millions each. 100k so what.


Once again, they aren't standard equipment, no matter how much you are personally worth. It's also in the studio, not in their homes.

This is the type of thing that people don't put in unless they find a specific need, unless it's a safety protocol in some place like a hospital.

Sure, now they might how one in, but people really need to quit thinking that the Generator Fairy just stops by every place where people with money are involved.
 
2013-10-16 10:16:31 PM  
I'm shocked they did not take it as an opportunity to do something totally surreal. They know Comedy central would have run just about anything they delivered. And people would have watched.
 
2013-10-16 10:19:24 PM  

Mikey1969: Sorry, people asking about generators have always bothered me. It blew me away when I was working at an Applebee's in Phx, and when that major power outage happened in the mid-90s, people were seriously asking why a chain restaurant didn't have a generator. In reality, counting out hospitals and major data centers or government law enforcement buildings, we've all rarely been inside buildings with generators installed.


The maintenance costs alone for a properly sized generator would probably make it not worth the cost. I mean, this is a problem, but its not like end of the network bad. They plug in a re-run and move on.
 
2013-10-16 10:19:52 PM  

styckx: South Park has been awful this season anyway.. 3 episodes in and none of them were memorable.


I disagree. The first and third, already mostly forgotten. But the second? "Informational Murder Porn"? Quite good. Not on the level of their best, but by no means mediocre.

Tonight's episode was intriguing ― focusing on the Goth Kids meant focusing on Henrietta Biggle (the previews even showed her with her parents). That meant possibly revisiting Bradley aka Gok-Zarah aka Mint-berry Crunch since the superhero trilogy, and finding out if he'd ever returned from flying off into space to find out what happened to his homeworld Kokajun and birth parents.
 
2013-10-16 10:22:06 PM  
Irresponsible douchebags and mllenial brogrammers missed a deadline? I am shocked.
 
2013-10-16 10:26:34 PM  
This is just an excuse.

Shows like this are backed up, there are generators, and alternate workspaces.
 
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