New Animated ‘Star Wars’ TV Comedy Show In the Works

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:44 pm,

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If I had told you last Thursday (April 1) that a new comedic Star Wars TV show was being developed and that the writing talent behind “The Daily Show” and “Robot Chicken” were involved in it, you probably would have just rolled your eyes and moved on.  After all, George Lucas has already proven he’s more than willing to exploit his sci-fi creation for all its worth but even that idea sounds a bit far-fetched.

Well, the maestro of operatic sci-fi warfare has shocked fans again as his Lucasfilm Animation studios has announced that they are indeed working on a comedy series set in the legendary galaxy far, far away.  This will be the organization’s second TV project as their first, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” premiered only back in 2008 and is currently in its second season.

This as-yet untitled comedy series will be produced by Daytime Emmy and Gemini Award-winner Jennifer Hill (The Backyardians) and directed by Todd Grimes (Back at the Barnyard).  As I indicated before, the writing staff will include Brendan Hay (The Daily Show) and the creators of Robot Chicken themselves, Seth Green and Matthew Senreich.

Now, to be fair, this isn’t the first project that George Lucas and the Robot Chicken crew have collaborated on.  He even personally participated in their two Star Wars specials, lending his voice for a couple of their saga-skewering skits.  Poking fun at and satirizing just about everything in the Star Wars universe has been fair game since… well, 1977 pretty much.

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Still, consider what Seth Green has to say on this new Star Wars series:

“The Star Wars universe is so dense and rich; it’s crazy to think that there aren’t normal, mundane everyday problems in a world so well-defined and it’s even crazier to think of what those problems might be, since it’s all set in a galaxy far, far away. What do these characters do when they’re not overthrowing Empires?”

While he may have a good point, it seems like more than a little bit of a stretch to assume that fans really want to see a show that revolves around the wacky sit-com antics of a family of Wookies or Jawas.  But hey, the CGI-adventures of Anakin and friends as they battle the evil Separatists (ie. The Clone Wars) seemed likely to be greeted with little to no interest two years ago so… who knows?

So what do you folks out there say?  Is George Lucas really scrounging at the bottom of the barrel with this idea?  Or do you think that Hay, Green and Seinrich can come up with some flat-out hilarious stories sets in the mystical Star Wars universe?

Neither a release date nor an associated network has been announced for the comedy show as of yet.  Per usual, we’ll keep you folks updated on any new developments.

Source: Variety, Coming Soon

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  1. Is it just me or… given that the producers of this show did 'The Backyardigans'… does this overhyped story just sound like the 'Star Wars: Galactic Heroes' cartoon (based on those deformed little figurines) that was already announced? If that's the case, who cares? It sounds cute… and hardly meant to be taken too seriously.

    • Well, with the news of the live action show probably not happening any time soon, I’m not sure this is a reasonable alternative. While the Family Guy episodes and Robot Chicken episodes are hilarious, a weekly show lampooning Star Wars might not do it for me. Sounds like it could cross the cheezy line as well. I would rather see George take the franchise to episodes 7, 8, 9 seeing how the actors of the original trilogy could pull it off.

  2. I'm on board with this. I LOVED both of Robot Chicken's Star Wars specials (the “Call for Papa Palpatine” still can get me rolling on the floor). I think they've got the creative juices to take fresh looks at untapped sources in the Star Wars universe and will be able to put out some quality stuff. It'll be interesting to see if they go with a Robot Chicken sort of format (brief skits and what not) or with more of a sitcom route revolving around a core cast though.

  3. I agree. While I'm not keen on the concept of Lucas exploiting Star Wars as much as he can before he dies, I also think that there is a lot of room for humor here. Like Seth Green said, the SW universe is very rich, so I'm sure there are plenty of funny things to be exploited. They could probably run an entire season with just Storm Trooper jokes alone.

    I hope it doesn't suck ass, though.

  4. i just wish theyd leave the clone wars era and move forward into the post Return of the Jedi era. There are so many books and far better characters and stories for them to be just ignored.

    • I really agree with you on this, im currently reading the jedi accademy trilogy, and i think they would make awesome movies, far better than the prequel trilogys storys

  5. I don't think this new show is going to focus on the Clone Wars, not exclusively at least. The specials have touched on the whole film time line and other aspects.

  6. OK, so I was all ready to completely ignore this and pretend (whilst singing off key and loudly with my ears stuffed with cotton) that this was a fever dream or perhaps something coming back up from lunch. However, the dweeb on the microphone of the radio station I heard this on missed one extremely critical fact. Seth bleeping Green. I'll give anything he does a shot at least once, probably twice. Now if they could add McFarlane in there too and let both those guys at Star Wars, hilarity of the lowest (and sometimes best) sort. :)

    And I just have to say it once… ahem… “Who's gonna pay for it jackhole, you!? You got an ATM in that torso Lite Brite of yours!?”

  7. As much as I'm a fan of Lucas and all, I'm not sure this is the way to go. I'm not sure that him opening up the door to something like this will help the Star Wars image. I liken this to the cartoon created of ALF. The original TV show wasn't bad, but if you watch the comedic cartoon, it's a train wreck! I'm afraid that will happen here as well…..

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  9. That’s Too great, when it comes in india hope it can make a Rocking position for youngster.. hope that come true.

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  11. Who knows it could be as entertaining as “Tag and Bink: WERE HERE”