Netflix Rescues Animated Series, Will Run Sixth and Final Season Deadline
Netflix is stepping in to televise a final season of an animated series that was previously canceled. Writing on Deadline.com, Nellie Andreeva reports that the streaming service will air a sixth and final season of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” which was canceled last year.
As previously reported, the Cartoon Network show appeared to be finished after Lucasfilm said it was ending production. The decision came after Lucasfilm was bought by Disney and plans began to unfold for a new “Star Wars” film trilogy.
But Netflix will stream a 13-episode final season of the series, debuting March 7. Called “The Lost Missions,” the show will reveal secrets and test its characters, the story says.
“This marks the first time any ‘Star Wars’ content has been available on Netflix,” Andreeva writes. “It also expands the fast-growing relationship between Netflix and Lucasfilm parent Disney. A year ago, the two companies signed a groundbreaking output movie deal, the first time a major movie studio had chosen streaming vs. pay cable for its features.”
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos added: “‘The Clone Wars’ marks an important moment as Netflix welcomes more and more first-run content from The Walt Disney Company and its subsidiaries."
Netflix also recently revived the canceled series “Arrested Development,” as well as “The Killing.”