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The writers and producers of Comedy Central’s South Park famously operate on an extremely tight schedule, starting and finishing entire episodes in the week before they air. But apparently even Trey Parker and Matt Stone can be caught off guard by a truly seismic event in the American zeitgeist, with Esquire reporting today that plans and promos for tonight’s episode of the show had to be scrapped after Donald Trump’s presidential victory Tuesday night.
The current season of South Park has been openly political, putting a reluctant Mr. Garrison in the place of America’s new President-Elect. But descriptions for tonight’s episode previously referred to it as “The Very First Gentleman,” with a promo showing Bill Clinton preparing to visit South Park Elementary. Those have now been pulled, and tonight’s episode—now titled “Oh, Jeez”—carries this promo instead:
originally posted by: TEOTWAWKIAIFF
They have a renderfarm for the show so they do not draw or do the cut-out construction paper any more. Even they admit it is overkill for such a simple cartoon.
I saw a video that showed how the show is created. It is pretty interesting. They brain storm concepts in a round table. I never knew that Bill Hader joined as a writer to the show! They get an idea and several others (the episode being written was the human caterpillar one), next comes dialog (Trey and Matt and any others), then they marry the two together in a rough cut. This is on Friday. No drawing is done as the shapes are already stored (like mouth movements for words). Any re-writes have to be done by Sunday so they can send out on Monday for review and approval by Comedy Central. They DO have the capability to send out Wednesday morning but they do not like doing that route.
BTW, the last time South Park had a major problem their building lost power before they could send the episode to legal for review! They ended up showing a rerun. They were doing a Wed. delivery and it backfired on them.
I am going to have to watch this episode again! It did seem kind of clunky and I figured the Donald win was the cause.