Star Wars TV: The Clone Wars End, Detours Delayed, and New Show Inbound

Well this is a bummer.  After five highly successful seasons, The Clone Wars is coming to an end.  We knew the contract with Cartoon Network was up this year, and most expected the show to make the jump onto one of the many Disney channels.  I mean, it’s an incredibly popular show, it’s well written, and some have gone so far as to say it’s one of the best things Star Wars related to come out in a long time.  It makes sense that they’d keep it going, right?  Nope, a press release posted on the Official Star Wars website announced that the show is coming to an end. 

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No more new episodes are being worked on, but they do still have a few things left to show us…but there’s no word yet on how they plan on releasing those (my bet is online or direct-to-DVD/Blu-ray).  I’m sure they’ll be telling us soon.  There’s also a video (which you can watch by hitting the link) in which Dave Filoni, the managing director for the series, talks about the show, it’s end, and shows off some footage from the final episodes. 

On top of that, the Seth Green helmed Star Wars Detours, a pure comedy cartoon (no-canon here) that’s been shown off a number of times has been pushed back.  It was supposed to debut sometime this year, but now it’s looking like they’re holding on to it until closer to the 2015 Episode VII release. 

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The only encrouaging news to come out of the release is that another Star Wars cartoon is currently in the works that will explore a brand new timeframe that’s yet to be explored in the current films or shows.  More than likely this will be the early Old Republic type stuff, which could be interesting to see.  Here’s the full press release:

As we enter into an exciting new era focused on the next Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm has decided to pursue a new direction in animated programming. We are exploring a whole new Star Wars series set in a time period previously untouched in Star Wars films or television programming. You can expect more details in the months to come.

As part of this shift, we have also made some key decisions affecting Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Detours.

After five highly successful and critically acclaimed seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, we feel the time has come to wind down the series. While the studio is no longer producing new episodes for Cartoon Network, we’re continuing production on new Clone Wars story arcs that promise to be some of the most thrilling adventures ever seen. Stay tuned for more information on where fans can soon find this bonus content. In the video below, Supervising Director Dave Filoni offers a peek of what is to come in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

At Star Wars Celebration VI last year, George Lucas gave fans a glimpse at the animated comedy series Star Wars Detours from Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, and Todd Grimes. Detours was conceived and produced before we decided to move forward with the new Star Wars trilogy, and in the wake of that decision, Lucasfilm has reconsidered whether launching an animated comedy prior to the launch of Episode VII makes sense. As a result, we’ve decided to postpone the release of Detours until a later date.

We are incredibly proud of the teams at Lucasfilm Animation for creating some of the most amazing animation ever produced for TV. Keep checking StarWars.com for new developments on these and future projects.

So how do you guys feel about all this?  Bummed out like I am, or excited?

-Jordan

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