Cartoon Network lost another established winner Monday after Lucasfilm pulled the plug on Star Wars: Clone Wars.
StarWars.com released this statement announcing that they’re not producing any new episodes for Cartoon Network. Lucasfilm has also postponed the animated comedy series, Star Wars: Detours that was being developed by the Robot Chicken crew of Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, and Todd Grimes. Now that Episodes VII-IX is in full swing, it looks like everything else is taking the back seat.
Clone Wars Supervising Director Dave Filoni had this to say to Clone Wars fans:
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“It’s not over yet, in fact the best is yet to come, we have some of the most exciting, most important story arcs still coming your way. Now, what could there be left to tell? Diehard fans of the series know there are still some gaps in there, things that are really crucial to the overall story arc of the Star Wars Universe that we need to finish off and tell you. They are the best episodes my crew has ever committed to screen. If you watch this clip, you’ll know what points I’m talking about and you’ll want to know more.”
So it appears that some very important stuff is indeed is being worked on, it’s just not going to air on Cartoon Network. Many feared that Disney’s purchase of all things Star Wars and Lucasfilm put the series in doubt and now they’ll look to figure out where exactly to air it next.
Could it be on the little known Disney XD? New cartoons are launching on that cable network all of the time, including many of the cartoons based on Marvel Comics, like Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble produced by Man of Action, and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. But Disney XD is even more niche than Cartoon Network. Remember, Tron: Uprising couldn’t be found by most of its target audience. Clone Wars could find a home on the web, direct to DVD/Blu-ray, or one of the other Disney related channels like ABC or ABC Family.
A few weeks ago, Cartoon Network dropped the bomb on viewers by canceling struggling series, Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series. Let’s not forget the epic Thundercats reboot also getting the premature axe. CN wasn’t responsible for this move, as it sounds like it is part of the attention shift at Lucasfilm post-Disney merge.
Still, this is another quality cartoon that was a destination point for viewers for the last five years. Does it matter if they roll out another quality show, only to give it a weird time slot and broken production schedule and no repeat viewings? Long breaks, inconsistent airings, odd time slots don’t make for good support. We understand that people have DVRs now but for those who do want to watch it live, but let’s find reasonable time slots and days for the target demographic to find it; cable shows tend to do very well if they’re given at least three to five airings per week. After Monday’s news, this is as dark as it gets for cartoon fans who have been frustrated with the network that’s supposed to be the home for shows like this.
What are your thoughts on Clone Wars being cancelled? How or where would you like to see the final episodes of Clone Wars be shown? And what about Star Wars: Detours? What makes you most about the recent cancelations at Cartoon Network? Which show will you miss most? Sound off below!