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South Park Studios loses power, misses episode deadline

"South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker addressed the ongoing Jerry Sandusky child sex scandal that has rocked Penn State with their latest episode, "The Poor Kid." CBSNews.com's Ken Lombardi reports.
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After 240 episodes, perhaps it was bound to happen sooner or later.

On Tuesday night, South Park Studios, which produces the hit Comedy Central series, lost all electrical power, leaving showrunners Trey Parker and Matt Stone unable to finish their latest episode in time for its initially-scheduled Wednesday night air date.

The episode, "Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers," would've seen the return of those pesky Hot Topic haters. Instead, Comedy Central aired back-to-back live-Twitter presentations of the classic installment "Scott Tenorman Must Die" and last week's offering, "World War Zimmerman."

This marked the first time ever that Parker and Stone were unable to complete an episode in time, despite their notoriously-hasty last minute production process, as documented in the Emmy-nominated 2011 documentary, "Six Days to Air: The Making of 'South Park.'" As the title suggests, episodes of the satirical animated series, now in its 17th season, are created less than a week before they actually hit the airwaves.

"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 on the South Park Studios website.

"Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers" will air next Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 10 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.

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