Why ‘Star Wars’ TV Series Was Canceled

Mar 12, 2013  •  Post A Comment

A television series that is part of the “Star Wars” universe has been canceled, and the decision may be related to the upcoming “Star Wars” feature films, EW.com’s Inside TV reports.

The fan favorite animated series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," which airs on the Cartoon Network, appears to be finished, with producer Lucasfilm saying it’s ending production of the series, the story reports.

“The ‘Star Wars’ universe is moving forward into a brave new era, and that means it’s time for a good old-fashioned brand scrub,” the piece reports. “Following the news that newly Disneyfied Lucasfilm is delaying the 3D re-release of ‘Episodes II’ and ‘III,’ the company announced [Monday] that they are ending production of ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars,’ the Cartoon Network series that spent five seasons earning raves — raves that were all variations of ‘Well, at least it’s better than the last few movies.’”

While supervising director Dave Filoni said the team is still working on additional "Clone Wars" story arcs, Lucasfilm didn’t announce when or where they would air, the story adds. “The press release describes the story arcs as ‘bonus content,’ which doesn’t inspire much confidence,” the story notes, adding: “The end of ‘Clone Wars’ indicates that Lucasfilm is closing the book on the whole prequel era, which is sad news for people who prefer Clone Troopers to Stormtroopers.”

The announcement comes as Lucasfilm is "moving full steam ahead" on its new "Star Wars" trilogy for movie goers, notes The New York Times’ Media Decoder. Lucasfilm also said it’s planning to "pursue a new direction in animated programming," although the company didn’t provide details, The Times notes.

The Times adds: "Lucasfilm also said that it was ‘exploring a whole new “Star Wars” series set in a time period previously untouched in “Star Wars” films or TV programming.’ That series will be shown … somewhere."

Lucasfilm also said it would delay "Star Wars Detours," an animated comedy series created by the team behind the "Robot Chicken" spoofs, EW.com notes.

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