One of the main reasons that Comedy Central's South Park is able to remain more topical than most television shows is its famously expedited production schedule. Episodes are created from start to finish in six days, written, recorded, and animated less than a week before they air on television. For the first time ever, South Park has missed its deadline to deliver a new episode of the show.

South Park Studios, where the episodes are made, lost power on Tuesday night, making it impossible for the production team to finish work on the latest episode, entitled "Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers." In its place, the network aired "Scott Tenorman Must Die" a fan favorite that involves Cartman tricking a kid into eating his own parents.

According to co-creator Trey Parker, "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." Perhaps most famously, the show aired an episode about Obama winning the 2008 presidential election only a day after he had actually done so.