Update: CLONE WARS Cancelled, DETOURS Postponed
Update 4:05 EDT: In a moving and hearfelt letter from James Arnold Taylor, voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi (and many other characters on the show), to his fans, he confirmed the worst interpretation of the inital press to be true, that "Star Wars The Clone Wars as a television show, has been cancelled." He did, however, again remind his fans that this doesn't mean the season 5 finale is the last we'll see of the series, somehow, saying, "Clone Wars will have a future, although we’re not entirely sure where or when, there are still stories to tell in what I consider the best animated program television has seen thus far." The actor went on to say the news made him "hopeless and sad. A great loss, an end to a fantastic journey." He continued, expressing that while as a voice actor he's had jobs end before, something was special about Clone Wars."You get used to shows ending, but this one was different, for many reasons. Star Wars is not just another show or film, it is a part of history and the stuff of legend. It’s characters and story lines evoke in us excitement, passion, romance, action, adventure, and pretty much any other adjective you want to insert here. Star Wars is just plain awesome, and I was fortunate to experience it from both sides of the spectrum, first as a fan, seeing “A New Hope” at the age of seven, and then as an actor getting to say the timeless line, “May the Force be with you.”. I got something few get; to play Star Wars as a child and an adult... although as a kid I always played Han Solo, never dreamt back then of Obi-Wan being as cool as he is now (thank you Mr. McGregor!). It’s now going to be hard to imagine my life without getting to speak in the famed tones of Obi-Wan and I am still trying to figure out what it all will mean to fans, fellow cast mates and my family and me." Be sure to follow the link fo the rest of the piece by Taylor, and stay tuned as we continue to try to confirm where and when the final produced Clone Wars content will come.
Original Story: A new post and video on StarWars.com revealed quite a bit of news about Lucasfilm Animation and its future programming Monday. First, the bad news. As a result of the Disney acquisition and the re-allocation of assets into production of Star Wars: Episode VII, the new comedic animated series Star Wars: Detours from Seth Green, Matt Senreich, and Todd Grimes (Robot Chicken) has officially been delayed "until a later date." The post specifically says "Lucasfilm has reconsidered whether launching an animated comedy prior to the launch of Episode VII makes sense," so it sound like Detours won't see the light of day until at least 2015. In addition, Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars: The Clone Wars will no longer be airing on Cartoon Network, as Newsarama reported in January 2013. They did not make an official announcement about where the show will end up, but one of Disney's family of networks, ABC, ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney XD is a likely home for the series sixth season. While not confirming that the sixth season is the final for the series, the company does say it is "winding down." Lucasfilm had not returned inquires of clarification prior to publication of this report. Supervising Director Dave Filoni said in a video post accompanying the text that "because of these new exciting changes and things happening, other things have to wind down, and come to a close, and that's what we're going to be doing with Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The good news for fans is, this is Lucasfilm confirmation that The Clone Wars has new episodes on the way (though an actual sixth season, or the delivery of new content, was not yet confirmed - again, we've reached out to Lucasfilm for clarification), and as Filoni teases in the video below, "Even though we're winding things down, the best is yet to come." He teased that the coming season has "the best episodes committed to screen," and promises to fill the "gaps" in the story. The video concludes with a clip from an upcoming episode that shows clones and Jedi in a serious battle with a droid army, and an allusion to the future of Order 66. Lucasfilm also teased another animated series in development "set in a time period previously untouched in Star Wars films or television programming." Let the speculation begin. Watch the clip below, and stay tuned for more on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and everything Lucasfilm here on Newsarama. Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!