STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS Likely to Depart from Cartoon Network in Wake of Disney Purchase

     November 2, 2012

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In the wake of Disney’s recent $4 billion purchase of Lucasfilm, it looks like Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be the first casualty.  Don’t worry, fans, the show itself will remain on the air, but its home will most likely be changing.  Having aired on Turner Entertainment’s Cartoon Network for its five-year run, the licensing rights were previously renewed with Lucasfilm each year; those rights run out at the end of the current 2012-2013 season.  Reps from both sides say they have yet to reach a decision on where the show will land at the end of the current season.  Hit the jump for more on the fate of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. 

THR reports that star-wars-the-clone-warsStar Wars: The Clone Wars may be moving to a new home on Disney’s XD network.  Disney CEO Bog Iger recently mentioned the company’s interest in expanding the Star Wars franchise to include series featured on their network, but did not explicitly mention The Clone Wars. As one of the highest-rated shows on the network, Star Wars: The Clone Wars ranked No. 1 in its time period among boys 9-14 in October and posted double-digit gains across kids and boys vs. last year — kids 2-11 grew by 46 percent, kids 6-11 by 34 percent, kids 9-14 by 64 percent, boys 2-11 by 45 percent, boys 6-11 by 36 percent and boys 9-14 by 72 percent, via Turner.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars has also aired on TNT and Adult Swim (on Cartoon Network) and Turner retains rights to some 100 reruns, but the current agreement only lasts through 2013.  Turner’s sister company, Warner Bros., has been distributing the Star Wars: The Clone Wars DVDs/Blu-rays, but this is another facet that may soon move to Disney’s distribution.

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