STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS Likely Done On The Cartoon Network After LucasFilm Deal

When the announcement was made that Disney would be buying LucasFilm, a lot of people were wondering what would happen to the popular cartoon series The Clone Wars. According to a new report don't expect it to stay on Cartoon Network.

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By Jake "WaylonJones" Lester - 11/2/2012

Unless you have been living under a rock, you would know by now that Disney has bought LucasFilm and pretty much all that it owns. This includes the rights to the popular Star Wars characters. As of right now Cartoon Network has had a really successful run with Star Wars: The Clone Wars. After the deal there has been a ton of speculation of what would happen to the series. According to The Hollywood Reporter the show is expected to continue, but not on the Cartoon Network.

As of right now Turner, a division of Time Warner, owns the licensing on the show. However, that license only runs through 2012-2013. THR's sources are telling them, which is pretty much a no brainer, that Disney is not expected to renew it. Their sources are also saying that both sides will sit down at the end of the current season and talk about what is going to happen with the show.

Look for the show to wind up on Disney's cartoon channel XD. During the conference call to announce the LucasFilm acquisition Disney CEO Robert Iger commented that they see huge possibilities for Star Wars related content on their Disney and ABC channels. With The Clone Wars being one of Cartoon Networks highest rated cartoons, it's no surprise that Disney would want to capitalize that and switch it to their network.

It's not all bad news for The Cartoon Network, however. The network will still retain some rerun rights. CN will be able to show rerun of the show up until they would loose the rights. That will be up to the current season which is season five.

For the latest on what is going on with the Disney/LucasFilm deal, as well as what we can expect from all thing Star Wars make sure you check back here at CBM.

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Sparrowsabre7 - 11/2/2012, 5:56 AM
Aww man, I was hoping 5 seasons would be it =/ Wasn't that the original plan. There's only so much of a single conflict you can show :P
Triptheorist - 11/2/2012, 6:03 AM
It feels like they're getting close to the point where Clone Wars meets Revenge. They should focus on wrapping up the series gracefully with season 6. This season started off great, but when they did something like 4 episodes on Onderan, I started to lose interest.
jarel93 - 11/2/2012, 6:09 AM
This is kind of a bad idea. The show has a substantially loyal fanbase, and it would be detrimental to move it to another station, especially one that isn't within the first 100 channels that most subscribers to cable will receive. If they are looking to maintain that fanbase, they should let the show run its course and finish off on CN and then pick up with a new show if they want to.
Happy11 - 11/2/2012, 6:11 AM
I agree it is starting to drag this show and would.like it finished before it runs its course.
ROBBEATZZZ - 11/2/2012, 6:19 AM
DX!!!
ABLEE337 - 11/2/2012, 6:19 AM
Cool, make more room for DC Nation.
thatdylhooper - 11/2/2012, 6:38 AM
What scout DETOURS???
thatdylhooper - 11/2/2012, 6:40 AM
About*
Boekelaar - 11/2/2012, 6:45 AM
I think Lucas said they would produce 100 episodes (5 seasons) regardless of the shows success. However because it's so successful more episodes were ordered, I would think that if it's making its way to Revenge it'll end very soon. I've gotta catch up with this show, it's on my to-do list.
I'm hoping they produce an animated show based on Shadows of the Empire, that would be so sweet :D
Vadakin - 11/2/2012, 6:57 AM
Don't expect DC Nation to carry the burden for Cartoon Network as it's not as successful as CN want it to be. Green Lantern and Young Justice are likely to finish their run next year because while a lot of older fans watch those shows, the younger, toy-buying demographic isn't doing so well. Advertisers aren't all that keen on DC Nation spots. Beware The Batman isn't shaping up too well either.
Hatsas01 - 11/2/2012, 7:03 AM
Hell, DC Nation needs to find a new home. CN yanks it on a whim to celebrate it's 20 year anniversary, but lets its other newer shows continue.
Dedpool - 11/2/2012, 7:13 AM
Makes sense.
CaptainObvious - 11/2/2012, 7:26 AM
Looks like we got another Spectacular Spider-Man on our hands.
FightAs0ne - 11/2/2012, 7:41 AM
Thank God!!! Cartoon Network treats their cartoons like shit anyway. Don't let these bastards show anymore DC cartoons either. Let them be stuck with that fck tard, the Annoying Orange.
RunDTC - 11/2/2012, 7:42 AM
hm, I work at Turner Broadcasting. wonder if I can get some Clone Wars stuff now.....
guywithanopinion - 11/2/2012, 7:55 AM
Cartoon Network better start expanding their DC lineup to fill in the future void in shows and ratings this news leaves them. Maybe they knew something was going to happen and that's why they kept running new episodes of Star Wars but put Green Lantern and Young Justice on the back burner. It made no sense to me but either way they need more good DC shows since DC's always had great cartoon's. Hopefully Man of Steel will turn DC's movie track record around with the exception of the recent Batman movies of course. I wonder if Disney will try to tone down the violence in Star Wars the Clone Wars as I don't know if Disney XD has any shows with the level of violence of SWTCW. I hope that their won't be a noticible change in how the action of the show will be portrayed. I wonder who's network has the older on avg. audience as I would imagine that Cartoon Network should be slightly older since they have shows like Family Guy on there while Disney is synonymous with young children and don't think that they have a controversial show in their line up. So hopefully SWTCW continuity will stay the same after the cross over takes place.
TheAbomination - 11/2/2012, 7:59 AM
Please don't turn this show into a horrific kiddy-fest. The last thing we need is another Ultimate Spider-Man.
jimpinto24 - 11/2/2012, 8:25 AM
Keep Star Wars: The Clone Wars on the air!
toco89 - 11/2/2012, 8:31 AM
If DC would bring Batman and Superman TAS, plus a new JLU along with YJ, but all have the same animation and set in the same universe, it would be a huge success. But no, don't go the sound logic and quality route, that's not new, and original, and innovative. Anyway, they weren't hugely succesful and gained them lifelong fans.

Beware the Batman's animation, I don't even know what to make of it. But its Batman, it bound to be good. I didn't like The Batman's animation and it ended up being a decent show.
third3ye - 11/2/2012, 9:11 AM
Considering CW was close to being cancelled on CN, moving to DXD ensures a network will always pick up more seasons of this great show.
HachibiTheMC - 11/2/2012, 9:51 AM
Meh. Im pretty luke-warm on the whole series. I thought they'd use it as a platform for "lesser-known" jedi/characters but the focus is still Skywalker/Kenobi...which is cool, but then they waste time w/ obscure characters like Banking Clan characters while leaving the more recognizable characters on the sideline.

Keep waiting for Ashoka to die, keep waiting for Anakin's next darkside freakout,keep waiting for some cool CGI Durge hotness

What do we get? more cutesy village rebellions. Terrible odes to fan art (Darth Maul with Grevious legs), and more obscure characters like Savage Opress.

The show just feels like a waste of potential. Like watching someone drive 30 mph in a lamborghini
StingyFox - 11/2/2012, 10:34 AM
thank god. I'm probably one of the only ones on here who thinks that Darth Maul was a complete cash grab to come back (the dude got split in half. c'mon). But nonetheless, I liked his episodes.

I just think this series has been on waaay too long and needs to end. The micro series that they made back in 04-05 were way better than this.
TrollHunter - 11/2/2012, 10:34 AM
I had heard that Filoni was talking about ending the show with season 6. He said 6 sounds like a good number to end it on. Makes sense. 6 movies and 6 seasons. Disney should just let them finish the series on Cartoon Network and in the mean time they should create a show taking place during the Galactic Civil War that can air on XD. With the same creative team and visual style of course. Disney shouldn't go messing around with something that's already perfect.
KelvTwelve - 11/2/2012, 11:37 AM
CALLED IT
Superior - 11/2/2012, 12:20 PM
Well, I didn't watch a single episode, but farewell to I guess one of the two decent CG shows on Cartoon Network.
dannybosa - 11/2/2012, 1:25 PM
Screw Disney.. they make horrible decision always...
They ended Toon Disney and Jetix so they make they can make that horrible Disney XD with horrible shows...
dannybosa - 11/2/2012, 1:27 PM
I remember the time Spectacular Spider man got cancelled for Ultimate Spider man image what they do with Stars Wars and Avengers '-'
kemuael - 11/2/2012, 3:01 PM
dont care what station its on as long as it still running am good :-)
WruceBayne - 11/3/2012, 5:36 AM
After that DC Nation fiasco Cartoon Network better tighten their belt. Adult Swim is the only thing on there worth watching now. Annoying Orange? WTF... You know what, I won't even get into that.
GRYDE - 11/4/2012, 1:12 AM

They need to just end this. Every year has like 5 episodes that deal with the storyline and the rest are meaningless filler episodes.
And 'The Chosen One' where The Star Wars guys meet Final Fantasy and we see that the Force is a bunch of white rocks from Krypton was as bad as the Midi-Chlorians reveal.

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