Polygon has the full story, but chances are good you already know the gist of it: on the evening of January 2, one calendar month before the next Steven Bomb was scheduled to have finished airing (and one day after Cartoon Network reminded us all that full episodes are available on their app), all five episodes were released on the Cartoon Network app and website for anyone with a cable provider. The next day, cable providers started putting the episodes up for on-demand viewing. Needless to say, this caused a bit of an uproar.
Though they have taken down all but the first episode from their app and website, according to Polygon a Cartoon Network rep has told them the early release was intentional. That’s all we need to hear, so you get no points for guessing what the next episode of our podcast will cover.
I don’t buy it; they took most of the episodes down after the mistake was discovered, and yes, the early release was a mistake. In a way, this incident is a relative of why the first ELO album was titled “No Answer” in America; somebody at United Artists Records misread the telephone notes, said “cool” and printed 10,000 record covers.