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  • The BIONICLE web serials were affected by this heavily. When they first began in '07, each week regularly had one or two chapters to offer. At around '10, the chapters were separated by months. After the toy-line ended, LEGO still allowed writer Greg Farshtey to continue doing the serials to tie up loose ends, but they stopped being updated during the summer of '11, and the website where they have been published is now deleted. And the story was nowhere near tidied up at that point. He has since claimed he has no plans to continue writing the serials, since he's too busy and has no place to publish them.
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  • Avatar: The Abridged Series has come to a grinding halt, four episodes short of completing the first season. The last episode was sometime in 2009. The author GanXingba put out a small clip of a scene from the second season, and hinted at possibly doings shorts like that instead of full episodes. That is a bit of a letdown.
  • After Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse began its sixth season, Mattel told viewers to expect a new episode every other week. However, sometimes more than two weeks pass without anything new.
  • Battle for Dream Island has a long history with this. Initially, it had a consistent schedule of one episode per month in its first season. As the creators grew older, however, it became harder for them to keep to this. The fifth episode of the second season was released on August 1, 2013, with the next episode being planned to release in September. Which it did as a new season called IDFB on September 1, 2016, 3 years later. This new season then experienced its own schedule slip. The next episode was planned to be released on October 1, but this never materialised. Instead, viewers got a fourth season, on November 3, 2017. Predictably, even this suffered its own schedule slip. Episodes initially released biweekly, and then moved on to a monthly schedule. However, after the release of the twelfth episode, it took another full year for the next episode to release. (Granted, its writing was much better, and the episode much longer, compared to previous episodes.) Episodes taking much longer to release than predicted have now become a common trope among object shows.
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  • The Best Page in the Universe! Initially, Maddox would update his site on a weekly to monthly basis. Now, it's almost a running joke, with updates coming biannually at best. As of January 2010, there has only been one update for the whole year of 2009. Maddox himself is well aware of this, often teasing his readers with comments like, "Now that my book has been published, I can get back to regularly not updating my site".
  • Team Four Star's Dragonball Z The Abridged Series normally has no set schedule but has flirted with this trope in the past. The team announced that episodes 7 through 9 would all be uploaded before the end of 2008, but only episode 7 was released during the last week of the year, with episode 8 coming a month later and episode 9 a month after that. Later, it was announced that episode 10 would be split into separate videos to be uploaded over the course of a week. Episode 10 Part 2 (of 3) was uploaded about two weeks after Part 1, and the prior announcement made by Team Four Star was "mysteriously" deleted in the interim. Since then, the team has made no promises regarding release dates, presumably having learned their lesson from these instances.
    • Lampshaded in an episode of the second season where Krillin mentions how, despite having been on Namek for only six days, it has felt like it has taken them a whole year to get that far. This doubles as a joke on the fact that the Namek Saga is an infamous bit of Arc Fatigue.
    • This was seriously lampshaded in Dragon Ball Z Kai Abridged Episode 3.5. The main series suffered a major schedule slip as it took over a year for Episode 60 to come out due to other work. In the episode, Goku gets slugged once in his fight against Perfect Cell, immediately quits and tells Gohan to jump in and fight him... in a year. The words "TO BE CONTINUED" pop up and this is enough to trigger Gohan's transformation into Super Saiyan 2.
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  • Eric Conveys an Emotion's last update was on April 1st, 2008. But the last time he updated with an emotion was August 10th, 2004.
  • Gaia Online's Evolving Items are notorious for this. Since the site never officially releases a schedule or declares when the next evolution of any given item will occur, they're free to ignore complaints about the lack of updates. This causes TONS of backlash when users (who pay real, actual money for the items in question) express their outrage on the site. The most egregious of these are probably "The Case of Pietro", jokingly named "The Cold Case of Pietro" by its own creator due to lack of updates, and the Kottan Bell, which saw a 75% drop in its marketplace value because of the several months-long wait between evolutions, stuck on phases with dull items. The Catastrophe! item has evolved twice, with the latest evolution having happened in September of '09.
    • Justified in the last case, in that Catastrophe is a $0.99 EI that is specifically billed as a side-project with occasional unannounced updates (there have been four 'evolutions' thus far, only one advertised) and, unlike most EIs, has no Generations. The update schedule for most items is "once the art is finished." The update schedule for Catastrophe is "when I feel like it/when I've got absolutely nothing else to do except eat and sleep."
    • It's been suggested, though ultimately disproven, that this trope was the reason for Rapid EIs (basically the same as regular EIs, but with less poses and evolving twice a week for a few weeks) being created. In truth, it was more due to profitability.
  • Happy Tree Friends has also taken this to ridiculous extremes. After the second "season" concluded in 2005, the third "season" didn't come out until 2007note , only released two episodes in 2007, three in 2010, and a Christmas Episode in 2011, and only wrapped up at 24 episodes in 2013. Not helping matters were that a variety of short one-offs were made throughout the duration of that "season." Things only got worse from there, however — the fourth "season" premiered just months after the third "season" finished, but then that season ended after three epsiodes had premiered in 2014. Afterwards, the next "season" wouldn't come out until 2016, and even then, the entirety of that "season" was just five episodes released simultaneously for pay download. After those five episodes were rereleased as a free download in 2018, the show has not released new episodes.
  • Originally, the Homestar Runner website was updated with new material twice a week. However, the creators gradually dropped back to every Monday, then to once a week as their schedule dictated, to "if we're putting up anything new we'll let you know three days in advance". This eventually led to an unannounced hiatus of several months in late spring/early summer 2006 (possibly new baby related, like a similar break in 2007), after which they went back on a mostly-weekly schedule.
    • As of April 12 2010, they haven't properly updated since November. They didn't even do a Decemberween toon, but they did add and subsequently remove more links to their store, and celebrated Trogday (Trogdor's anniversary) and April Fools' with a parody intro and a new main page based on it. They only returned for an April Fools' Day 2013 short.
      • They did announce in December that one of The Brothers had a new baby (explaining the lack of Decemberween toon). Presumably the ongoing hiatus is similarly related to their growing family concerns.
      • They were also working on a TV show.
      • Lampshaded when they finally did return for April Fools' Day 2014, where the main homepage is in disrepair.
      • In the April Fool's 2015 toon, Strong Bad's computer has been compressed by all the dust into an older-style computer.
  • Chris Bores, aka The Irate Gamer, took this to ridiculous extremes, in part due to his Attention Deficit Creator Disorder. In 2009, he only released two retro reviews, three videos on "video game history", and five "Neo" reviews. In 2010, he's released even fewer.
    • In 2011, things are slightly looking up. Though attention seems to have shifted away from his video game content towards a series covering the 80s. Confusing since he's boasted about an "epic storyline" for his retro reviews yet he only put out three videos involving it.
  • Merlin's Revenge: The first game was released around 2000, and the sequel a couple of years later. The members were told that the release date for Merlin's Revenge 3 would be Christmas 2005. This got pushed back a couple of years, to the point of fanbase revolt. In 2007, the developer took an indefinite break from the series, and we still don't have the fourth game. Even though in 2006 there were strictly weekly updates, they too vanished in mid-2007.
  • The "weekly" MuggleNet Caption Contest has run for months a few times.
  • Super Mario Bros. Z. The creator initially made a new episode every 2 1/2 months or so. Then he wound up taking a year and a half to release Episode 7. It took another year or so for Episode 8 to come out. then the series was cancelled for good, due to the creator wanting to move on and do other things. Part of this is because the quality and length of the episodes both increased drastically since the beginning. When the creator is packing in roughly six times the material per episode and spending time doing custom sprites, artwork, 3-D models, etc., it's going to take more time. And there was that incident where a troll harassed him to the point where he temporarily canceled the series. The troll went on to brag about it... to his dismay.
  • Many of the contributors to Channel Awesome have trouble keeping to a schedule.
    • MarzGurl can be erratic with her output. Though she has escaped this and is putting out weekly content.
    • The Nostalgia Chick for a while didn't put much out because she was filming and editing her graduate thesis.
    • The Nostalgia Critic himself used to have increasingly erratic updates due to his computer. After the first donation drive, he got a new one and had no problems until December 2011, when he had a computer virus.
    • The most notorious example is That Chick with the Goggles, who has put out only two videos since January 2009 (and only five videos before then, since joining in September 2008). Some of it was justified by computer problems, but she eventually left the site in 2011.
    • Spoony started suffering some slippage late in 2010, affecting his regular output as well as Wrestle! Wrestle!. After a while he revealed that it was because he was seeking treatment for a rather nasty heart condition, and viewers were willing to forgive.
      • It was even worse in during much of 2011, when several promised reviews he was going to put up were delayed by months at a time. In November of that same year, he revealed he was suffering from severe depression and other personal problems. He did get back up on his feet later on, but the combination of the severe lack of content and drama between Spoony and the other contributors of TGWTG during that time has cost him some fans.
    • The releases of JesuOtaku's reviews are very few and far between. His other videos, however...
    • Linkara's History of Power Rangers has also gone through this. Lewis has emphasized that the series has no set schedule, and due to the other projects he's had lined up along with his main show as well as the work it takes to produce a HOPR episode (watching the series, taking notes, collecting clips and doing the voiceover), it can take months to get them out. All Lewis has to say about the schedule slip is "It's done when it's done."
      • Shortly after meeting a stretch goal on Patreon, Lewis now has release dates for future episodes of the series. New episodes are still being released a few months apart, but now viewers don't have to worry about when the next episode will be released.
    • Bad Movie Beatdown became increasingly infrequent around 2012, as Mathew Buck has apparently taken to doing more episodes of his other show, Projector.
  • There she is!! step 2 took 2 years to come out, then step 3 took 3 years, where it ended as the next step only took a few months to come out, and the last step was even shorter as it only took 2 months to come out.
  • Vote Up a Campaign Setting once promised to be released in "Spring 2009." Over a year later... it may not be Vaporware yet, but that's probably due to fan dedication to the discussion threads.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series has slowly reduced in updates. When the third season started, several episodes were supposed to be released over a month's period, only for the season's first episode to be followed by a two-month break. LittleKuriboh has started taking shots at himself for his slow update speed.
    Melvin: Oh look, it's Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged. This episode has my favorite joke.
    Melvin: Hahahaha!
    • The second episode of the Cr@psule Monsters spin-off also featured a Take That! towards Kuriboh's rather impatient fans.
    Joey: (to the Baby Kuramas who are demanding to know when the next episode of YGOTAS will be out) Oh, you guys must be LittleKuriboh's overly-demanding fan base. Don't worry, I'm sure he's very hard at work on new material. One episode every two months ain't so bad, right?
  • StarFox008's Let's Play of Super Mario World Chaos CompleXX ended up lying dormant for five months between the semi-final and final episodes, but that was because he was gathering the requisite beverage ingredients.
  • The third episode of Mr. Mendo's Hack Attack came about eight months after the second.
  • The Yogscast and Total Biscuit had promised to release a pair of episodes of their Magicka co-op Let's Play on YouTube each Friday and Saturday, or Saturday and Sunday if they were slightly delayed; the three had increasingly busy schedules starting after Part 8, and they slowed down release to the point that some weeks had no episodes or only a single episode. Total Biscuit explained that he had to do the editing and that Part 14 had severe audio issues, which still weren't fixed when the episode was released two months after recording.
  • The Sims 2 Machinomic Strangetown, Here We Come wasn't updated from March 2010 to November 2012.
  • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Abridgerty was progressively moving towards this trope. It has currently not been updated since April.
  • True Capitalist tends to stop broadcasting for a few days after especially trollish episodes, usually as a sort of prolonged Rage Quit, although sometimes it's for other reasons.
  • Tends to happen in Chaos Fighters as the creator would stop working on main series installments during August and November because of working on Web Series Writing Month and National Novel Writing Month entries. In addition, the main series suffered from this trope twice. First is from August 2010 to July 2011 and the second is December 2011 until February 2012.
  • ProtonJon of his Let's Play fame is known to fall into this trope very frequently. In fact, he never has a set schedule and has, on several occasions, gone without uploading new content for months or even a year. This is due to Proton Jon's hectic life outside of recording gameplay footage such as school and work. Even after he graduated and started doing LPs for a living, the problem didn't get much better as he spends much of his time away from home recording for The Runaway Guys or at conventions (where he runs TRG's "Thrown Controllers" panel). He even took a few jabs at himself for this by saying "see you in 3 months!" in some of his videos and then deciding the joke was bad and moves on. He does, however, attempt to make up for the long gaps between uploads with semi-frequent livestreams.
    • Particularly bad with his LP of Superman 64. He's now down to uploading one level per year. Though it's a much more involved project than most Lets Plays, involving intensive research into the game and the entire Superman mythos, plus hunting for the game's incredibly numerous glitches.
    • The universe seems to be actively sabotaging Jon's LPs. The gap between episodes 7 and 8 of Superman 64 was three years, because every time he tried to record it, the footage would get completely screwed up, seemingly due to a problem with his capture card. When he tried to buy a new one, the seller died before they could ship it to him. When he eventually did get a new one, it didn't fix the problem. When he LPed Yoshi's Island, he maintained a steady upload schedule of episodes... and then his computer suddenly and mysteriously refused to turn on, delaying the next episode by several months. It's pretty safe to assume that Jon is the unluckiest LPer to ever live. Ironic that he is such close friends with the luckiest.
  • On April 8, 2013, Chris "Rowdy C" Moore of TV Trash he announced that he would limit himself to either a TV Trash review or a one-off per week, instead of a TV Trash episode and a one-off. But after "Five Other Frak-Ups" on May 20, he went two weeks in a row without any new content.
  • Given how many sporkers there are for Das Sporking, this tends to happen thanks to work, school, computer problems, lack of interest, and so forth. Some sporkers are better about keeping to a schedule than others, with the most notable ones being Das Mervin (who regularly updates her Breaking Dawn recaps on Fridays) and Gehayi and Ket Makura (who update their Fifty Shades of Grey sporkings on "Catsuit Tuesdays". Some missed deadlines do happen in those instances, but tend to be because of serious illness or personal issues.
  • Tooncrap, a blog dedicated to reviewing bad cartoons, had two major gaps: one between April 2011 and September 2012, and another between January and June 2013. It was assumed into Game Show Garbage in 2014.
  • Famicom Dojo season 2 was supposed to be released in 2009 but was instead pushed back to 2010. And then the season premiere was supposed to come out in February, but instead came out in May. And now new episodes are released between long gaps.
  • Wooden Toaster is infamous for this when it comes to releasing new songs.
  • Hat Films got hit by a case of this. Another Minecraft series called Minecraft Origins was supposed to be in production and the trio were also accepting applications from viewers who wished to try their hand in building for the series or voice acting for other characters. The idea was proposed in February 2012, but due to various events, such as the group recording other games and moving in together in a new apartment, Origins was put on hold. They officially announced it as cancelled in January 2015.
  • The Yogscast's second series of Trouble in Terrorist Town on the main channel saw a delay. After initially having one or two days between uploads, the episode "The House of Harvey Yogscast" was released as normal. It then took over two weeks for the next episode (titled "Sips' Spree") to be uploaded.
  • Plush Video maker SuperStarfy64 had stated that the premiere of the new season of his show Red Pikmin's Adventures was already filmed and only required to be edited. This was seven months ago.
  • Blogger Beware, a blog dedicated to reviewing and sporking the Goosebumps books, used to promise weekly updates but gradually began slipping, sometimes due to Troy having difficulty getting the books, other times because he had trouble finishing books. After finishing the Goosebumps 2000 series he was going to tackle Horrorland; as of June 2015, only one Horrorland book has been covered by the blog, and the most recent post was in July 2015.
  • Youtuber Yuriofwind frequently zig-zags this trope. By his own admission, he has a weak immune system and gets sick a lot, which means that there will be some instances of videos being uploaded months apart and such. Yuri can easily go from uploading one video in the span of a month to uploading 3 videos in the span of a week. Occasionally, his fans think he's dead.
  • Lets Player Ninja Boy typically has a good schedule. Then at the end of episode 29 his LP of Super Mario World romhack "Classic Mario World: The Magical Crystals", published on March 19th, 2016, Ninja said that he'll do one more "super episode" covering world 9 of the game. When did this super episode come out? September 16th of the same year. Justified as he said he didn't have time to sit down and record an entire world in one session for a while.
  • The Music Video Show had its season 2 finale on December 2014. The season 3 premiere episode? Uploaded a bit over 2 years later.
  • The SiIvaGunner Christmas Comeback Crisis began in Christmas 2016, and as of August 2017, it's still ongoing, due to production problems with the episodes. Due to the Bait-and-Switch nature of the channel, a video would occasionally be uploaded that pretends to be the next episode (complete with title and thumbnail), only to turn out to be just another of their "High Quality Video Game Music Rips".
  • Share My Story: As of this writing, they haven't uploaded a new video in over a month.
  • Red vs. Blue Season 18, Red vs. Blue ZERO was meant to drop in March/April of 2020,as was normal for most RVB seasons. However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced Rooster Teeth to push it back until October. Then, two weeks before its premiere, Ryan Haywood, who would have played a villain in that season, was forced to leave Rooster Teeth after getting caught in an sexting scandal, forcing them to push it back to "sometime in 2020".
  • The Joker Blogs has endured two hiatuses for episodes 4, 5, 6 and 7, each lasting three years as of 2020. Despite promises from Word of God that such a hiatus wouldn't happen again, they have been silent for the last three years.
  • The NBA blog Pace and Space runs a weekly column called Pacers Tuesday. Compare the dates of publication to the dates on a calendar—it is just as often "Pacers Wednesday." Sometimes this is done on purpose (the Pacers have a game on a Tuesday night and judgment on the week's topic is reserved to process that night's result); other times the author expressed a distinctly Douglas Adams-like approach to deadlines.


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