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

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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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  • Peter Jackson

    Old news, this was known before the Disney purchase ever was announced,

  • DREDD

    As long as the show keeps coming! Though shame for Cartoon Network as they will miss out. This show has grown in so many awesome ways. Started off ropey as hell but it got better and better each week. Its now about 100 times better than the prequel films. In fact, I’d love to see the prequels re-done in Clone Wars animation. Anakin is far better in animation than in live action. And Ahsoka, who nobody liked at the beginning is now one of the best characters out of everyone. Such a great character journey and acting.

    Hope she survives, quits the Jedi order, and one day face Vader when he’s wiping out the Jedi after the prequels. It would make an epic duel with an older Ahsoka v Vader, then just before she gets slayn she finds out he was Anakin her old master. That would be Dark!

  • DREDD

    As long as the show keeps coming! Though shame for Cartoon Network as they will miss out. This show has grown in so many awesome ways. Started off ropey as hell but it got better and better each week. Its now about 100 times better than the prequel films. In fact, I\’d love to see the prequels re-done in Clone Wars animation. Anakin is far better in animation than in live action. And Ahsoka, who nobody liked at the beginning is now one of the best characters out of everyone. Such a great character journey and acting.

    Hope she survives, quits the Jedi order, and one day face Vader when he\’s wiping out the Jedi after the prequels. It would make an epic duel with an older Ahsoka v Vader, then just before she gets slain she finds out he was Anakin her old master. That would be Dark!

    Also, I would say Clone Wars as it is seems almost to be concluded. ROTS events seem closer, I heard characters will be getting killed off. However, I would wish to see some great Animated filler series set after ROTJ to link with Episode 7. Its the only way to explain away all those years and events with an Old Luke/Han/Leia etc.. And with so many years set between Episodes 6 and 7, there’s about 30 years of possible Clone Wars style series ahead of us. And I hope Dave Filoni stays on-board.

  • Lance

    What I always wondered was if Ahsoka was meant to survive Anakin’s great purge. She’s young enough that she could re-emerger as an old Jedi Master in the time of Luke, after the Empire falls. Maybe she’ll be a significant part of Episode VII??!!

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