TBS announced today that it will mark the annual Star Wars Day this Thursday, May 4 — as in “May the Fourth be with you” — with a marathon of all six original “Star Wars” movies.
The movies will run back to back in chronological order (based on when the action takes place, not when the movies were released), with limited commercial interruptions.
The marathon, which runs more than 16 hours, is set to kick off at 6:40 a.m. (ET/PT) with “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” and close with an 8:15 p.m. telecast of “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.”
“‘Star Wars’ fans adopted the slogan ‘May the Fourth be with You’ in recent years as a rallying cry to proclaim their love of the saga on May 4, a day which fans have designated to celebrate all things Star Wars,” TBS says in its announcement. “Lucasfilm, the film company that created Star Wars, has fully embraced the spirit of fandom that makes the day so special by spreading the word and showcasing fan activity through StarWars.com and the official Star Wars social media channels.”
The announcement adds: “Turner is able to put together a Star Wars marathon thanks to licensing agreements announced in September with The Walt Disney Studios and 20th Century Fox. The agreements grant TBS & TNT the exclusive linear basic cable and companion ad-supported on-demand rights to the original six films, as well as the network premiere windows for the recent blockbusters ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’; the upcoming ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ which hits theaters on Dec. 15; and the following two yet-to-be-released ‘Star Wars’ films.”
TBS says the Star Wars Day marathon will be repeated annually.
Below is the schedule for TBS’s first-ever Star Wars Day marathon:
TBS Celebrates Star Wars Day – Thursday, May 4
6:40 a.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
9:25 a.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
12:20 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
3:10 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: A New Hope
5:40 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
8:15 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: Return of the Jedi