Lucasfilm has teamed up with CBS’ popular and award winning TV show The Big Bang Theory and also ABC’s The Goldbergs for special Star Wars Day episodes. Big Bang Theory has already had James Earl Jones and Carrie Fischer as guest stars so going all out Star Wars is only the natural next step. BBT’s episode is set to air on May 1st, while the The Goldbergs will air on May 6th, so set your DVRs or open up your schedule accordingly.
The bonus content we’ve been promised for quite some time is set to arrive on Netflix next month and with it the entire series of The Clone Wars, including director cuts of episodes and the feature film which released prior to the show’s launch. Announced in the wee hours this morning, this news comes hot on the Ewok heels of Germany’s Super RTL getting to air the first of the “Lost Missions” this Saturday, the 15th, which you can see a trailer for one of the arcs here (via TheWookieeGunner). Now your friends don’t have to borrow your Blu-Rays/DVDs of The Clone Wars to catch up, as they can just add it to their list of great shows to binge watch on Netflix.
Back in May, The Clone Wars received an impressive 7 Emmy nominations. The show deserved to win all of them, but was still able to snag two: Outstanding Special Class Animated Program and Outstanding Performer In An Animated Program (David Tennant)! Below is the acceptance speech for the Outstanding Special Class Animated Program win. Read more
USA Today has an exclusive clip of some of the upcoming bonus content from The Clone Wars! Link
There’s also a great interview with Dave Filoni on what’s to come! Click on the link above to check it all out! And be sure to share your wants and opinions regarding The Clone Wars bonus content in our forums!
While the future of Clone Wars is a bit hazy, it’s less so for Filoni: He will be continuing on at Lucasfilm “for the foreseeable future” with responsibilities primarily in the animation realm, he says. Filoni is also respected outside of the company because of his respect for the stories he loved as a child raised on the original trilogy.
“I’m able to give a lot back to fans because I’m a big fan myself and I know how important it is to feel that the people behind these things really care about it, and I do. The fans have realized that about me,” Filoni says.
We all knew this day would come eventually, but for many, perhaps not this soon. The Clone Wars, as we know it, is done. Here’s the Lucasfilm press release: Link
As we enter into an exciting new era focused on the next Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm has decided to pursue a new direction in animated programming. We are exploring a whole new Star Wars series set in a time period previously untouched in Star Wars films or television programming. You can expect more details in the months to come.
As part of this shift, we have also made some key decisions affecting Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Detours.
After five highly successful and critically acclaimed seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, we feel the time has come to wind down the series. While the studio is no longer producing new episodes for Cartoon Network, we’re continuing production on new Clone Wars story arcs that promise to be some of the most thrilling adventures ever seen. Stay tuned for more information on where fans can soon find this bonus content. In the video below, Supervising Director Dave Filoni offers a peek of what is to come in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
At Star Wars Celebration VI last year, George Lucas gave fans a glimpse at the animated comedy series Star Wars Detours from Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, and Todd Grimes. Detours was conceived and produced before we decided to move forward with the new Star Wars trilogy, and in the wake of that decision, Lucasfilm has reconsidered whether launching an animated comedy prior to the launch of Episode VII makes sense. As a result, we’ve decided to postpone the release of Detours until a later date.
We are incredibly proud of the teams at Lucasfilm Animation for creating some of the most amazing animation ever produced for TV. Keep checking StarWars.com for new developments on these and future projects.
It seems that there will be at least some final content from The Clone Wars slated for a future release. In what form? We don’t know. Perhaps they’ll hold screenings across the country as they did for the Savage Opress arc. Or maybe straight-to-DVD/Blu-ray releases.
Many fans are upset about this breaking development, but consider: The Clone Wars era can only go so far. I can’t imagine this series lasting more than another season. We may not be getting an entire season on television, but at least we’re getting something. (See the video above for what might be in store.) Most cancelled shows don’t have options. Personally, I’d be happy if the show ended now, on a somewhat happy note. The absolute end of the Clone Wars era is not a pleasant one, as we all know.
As far as Detours, the future looks bleak. Shame that the producers of the show went to all that trouble to promote Detours at Celebration VI, only to have it shelved a few months later. But again, television is an unpredictable beast.
It has been a great run for The Clone Wars. The series truly became a legend among the rest. But what really made it special was the PR from Lucasfilm. They treated their TCW fans like family in so many ways. That will never be forgotten.
To all the voice actors that made The Clone Wars spectacular: Thank You.
To Dave Filoni and the rest of the production team: Thank You.
Here’s a look at Star Wars: Detours, the hilarious new animated comedy from a plethora of creators including Seth Green and Matthew Senreich! The trailer made its debut at Celebration VI. Also, check out the Detours playlist, which includes 6 more clips!
Star Wars Detours™ is an animated comedy that explores what daily life is like in a galaxy far, far away. There are no Empires striking back or attacking clones here. Instead, Star Wars Detours focuses on the universe’s regular folks and their everyday problems… which, to be fair, do frequently involve famous bounty hunters, crazed Ewoks, and even a Dark Lord of the Sith.
Welcome to Star Wars: Detours: the other side of the stars, between the wars.