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You Won’t Be Seeing Star Wars: The Clone Wars On Cartoon Network Anymore Thanks To That Disney Acquisition

There was a flurry of thoughts that came along with the announcement that Disney had bought LucasFilm for $4 billion. I’m sure you’ve had most of them by now. But there was one I completely forgot about and that was the future of the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. We now know it will end its run on the Cartoon Network, but will it continue elsewhere? 

The answer is thankfully, yes. Good thing Walt Disney had that Disney XD network just lying around.

The Hollywood Reporter writes, “Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Turner, a division of Time Warner, has the license for Star Wars: The Clone Wars only through the end of the 2012-13 season. Each year it has renewed its deal with Lucasfilm, and reps for both companies say they will make a decision on continuing the show around the end of the season. In reality, Disney is very likely to move Clone Wars to one of its own networks, most likely Disney XD, an advertiser-supported cable TV channel targeted at boys.”

Let’s put aside the “targeted at boys thing” for now because technically it’s also targeted at children but we all still watch it. It’s likely the move won’t affect the show at all considering Disney are pretty smart about letting people do what they do best. Of course it’s bad news for Cartoon Network as Clone Wars was one of their highest rated shows. THR writes, “Cartoon Network retains some rerun rights to about 100 episodes that have aired over five seasons, but it is unclear for how long.”

Still no word on how the purchase will affect Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars line but odds are they’ll be losing it as well. President Mike Richardson told Comic Book Resources, ”Dark Horse and LucasFilm have a strong partnership which spans over 20 years, and has produced multiple characters and story lines which are now part of the Star Wars lore. Star Warswill be with us for the near future. Obviously, this deal changes the landscape, so we’ll all have to see what it means for the future.” Will they move to Marvel Comics, already under the ever-growing Disney umbrella? They moved all of BOOM! Studios Disney books over after that sale so it’s probably a safe bet.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Can anyone comment on worth of this show? Is it worth watching? I skipped the “movie” based solely on the fact that it wasn’t about Hayden’s Anakin dying an agonizing death, but I am a huge fan of the expanded universe…or was. I admit that lately I’ve only been reading the book flap and the last few pages in the store to keep myself abreast of who lives and dies.

  • James Gardiner

    I watched the first season and it was quite good. Rough start, but it did a good job at developing real characters and quality storytelling

  • Justin M. Whitmore

    For my money the show is really good. I was initially hesitant to watch it, but a friend sat me down and made me, and I thought it was great. There’s decent action, a lot of character stuff. They pretty much did away with Hayden’s Anakin and made him a fairly likeable character. A lot of expanded universe stuff makes it way into the show, (some of it ends up getting changed which is unfortunate, or good depending on the EU content.) Admittedly, some episodes fall short, but some (like “Rookies”) are amazing. On the whole I think it’s some of the better Star Wars stuff we’ve gotten. If I had to compare it to one of the movies I’d say it’s roughly on par with Return of the Jedi.

  • Travis Kyle Fischer

    It had kind of a shaky start, but has dramatically improved over time.

  • Daniel Head

    I’ve not watched much of the most recent season, but the previous few have been really good. As other said, it was a little shaky at first, but has become a really good series over time.

  • Anonymous

    I love the show. I find it to be everything we hoped the prequels would be — an expansion of the Star Wars universe in the heyday of the Republic but with actual decent writing and acting.

  • Anonymous

    I thought this was the last season. It certainly seemed to be building to a kind of epic conclusion. But now I realize I never had that impression confirmed and merely gleaned as much from all the promos that seemed to be teasing major deaths and a reckoning. Still, the Clone Wars only lasted three years, and since this is the sixth season, the show can’t go on forever. Right?

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t watched the show consistently, but I have seen some of the most recent seasons and what I have seen has been awesome. It’s not consistently fantastic, but it’s improved vastly since season one. I really like some of the side characters it has introduced, and I actually find Anakin bearable in it, which is huge.

  • CyberIstari

    Does anyone remember the *last* time Marvel had the comic license for Star Wars? ::shudders::

  • Duke Fleed

    The Dark Horse part is the one that saddens me the most. The Star Wars comics that were published by them were probably the best stories the franchise will ever see.

  • Rarity

    I wonder if this will cause more little girls to watch the show. I mean, come on Disney. You tried your hardest to get that boy demographic watching Disney XD, but face it. It’s mostly girls who watch it anyway.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Thanks, all of you. Wish I’d had this sounding board in college, heh. I’ll definitely check it out…maybe, a stand-alone episode or two.

  • brandon

    Do so, It’s great. Best stuff to come out in the post-prequel era. But of course, You don’t have to follow my advice. Every one else seems to love it as well, as seen above.

  • Johnny-manup Drama

    thank god its over so banal so boring where was the depth to the stories? every week it was the same thing feeding us predictable stories we know over and over again nothing new. we need directors like genndy tartakovsky who took original clone wars to new level revealing new stories, keeping us on the edge of our seats not the lap dog filoni is to lucas.