‘Clone Wars’ Likely Leaving Cartoon Network After Season 5

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Right now Clone Wars, the animated series, is enjoying its fifth season on Cartoon Network – but the recent acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney will probably change that after season 5 concludes.

Cartoon Network is a Turner Entertainment network (a division of Time Warner), and they only have the license for Clone Wars until the end of the 2012-2013 season. Usually Lucasfilm renews with Cartoon Network at the end of the season, but with the Disney deal now active, a change is expected next year.

Both Disney and Time Warner will make a decision once the end of the season looms nearer, but it’s expected that Disney will send Clone Wars over to  one of their many networks. Of course, that will only be an issue if the series gets renewed for season 6. Considering the popularity of the Clone Wars - especially with young boys – a renewal is almost guaranteed, but the question is which network would be the new Disney home for Clone Wars?

ABC (owned by Disney) has a good amount of Saturday morning programming, but nothing as expensive or popular as Clone Wars. Meanwhile, ABC Family really doesn’t have any programming like Clone Wars, so it seems unlikely to get the Star Wars animated series. Disney Channel is in the same boat. That leaves Disney XD, which is a cable channel with series tailored mostly to young boys. That’s where Tron: Uprising, Ultimate Spider-Man and
Phineas and Ferb now have a home.

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Clone Wars would be a solid addition to Disney’s original programming lineup and might even get Disney XD a few more subscribers in those who don’t have the channel already. The show has already seen other time slots and channels, including stints on TNT and Adult Swim, so switching to Disney likely wouldn’t hurt it. As THR points out:

Clone Wars has been one of the highest-rated shows on Cartoon Network, even with a move to Saturday mornings this season. For the month of October, The Clone Wars ranked No. 1 in its time period among boys 9-14 and posted double-digit gains across kids and boys vs. last year — kids 2-11 grew by 46 percent, kids 6-11 by 34 percent, kids 9-14 by 64 percent, boys 2-11 by 45 percent, boys 6-11 by 36 percent and boys 9-14 by 72 percent.

Clearly, the series isn’t hurting for viewership. However, Disney might run into a problem since Cartoon Network will retain some rerun rights to episodes from the first five seasons through 2013, but that might not last that long if Disney really wants all of the Star Wars goodies.

No matter what, fans will follow Clone Wars anywhere, and Disney is going to do everything they can to make sure everyone knows that everything Star Wars belongs at the Mouse House. Stay tuned for any further updates.


Source: THR


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  1. Ah well, since I don’t get Disney XD, I will have to now add it to my list of shows I have to watch on the internet. :P

  2. Wasn’t this original a five season deal?

    • It was at least 5 seasons, it hasn’t flopped. It could go on a bit. I just wish they would stop jumping around. Keep it chronological already.

  3. I’m sorry to all fans of this show, but I am so happy that it is finally coming to an end because in my mind there was absolutely no point to this series except to appeal to kids and make a ton of money. A lot of people hate the prequels, I’ll admit there are things about the second one I don’t like, the first one I didn’t care for that much, and revenge of the sith I liked but in the end the thing about Star wars that just made me so furious I wanted to punch something was this tv show because there was never a purpose to it (to me at least) and it butchered the saga in a way that the prequels never did. So I am glad that this is ending and hope that the 7th movie will redeem the saga in many ways

    • It’s probably not ending. Read the article

    • Its not ending, it’s only going to get bigger now. Didnt you read the article? It’s one of the most if not the most popular cartoons on television. This show will be around a long Tim, especially with star wars being revived. Only problem I see is, I don’t know how widely carried disney xd is yet.

  4. Lucasfilm said right from the beginning that the series would only run for 100 episodes or so (basically 5 seasons)

    The show is limited in that it is stuck in a 2 year time frame between episode 2 and episode 3 So It can’t run for very long without running into continuity problems, and the show runners went into this season with the plans to wrap it all up (it’s probably to late to halt that now seeing as most of the episodes have already started production)

    If disney is smart they would let the series wrap on Cartoon network, and take the production team and let them do something else in the starwars world for disney XD. Something with more freedom, like a series set hundreds of years before episode 1

  5. You know what this means? It means that Disney will most likely also pull it’s IP away from Dark Horse and move it to Marvel. I feel sorry for Dark Horse if that’s the case as it’s been there for 20 years and is a huge part of their bank.

    • Dark Horse butchered the EU. It’s time that they get what they deserved.

      • You’ll actually find that Star Wars got its start in the comics world with Marvel, so Disney would only be bringing it full circle.

  6. NO!

  7. Well i guess i won’t be watching this anymore.

  8. The Clone Wars might be to violent for Disney XD,there’s a death on that show on almost every episode,it’s a fun show to be sure but for some families who regularly watch Disney XD it might too dark for their kids IMO.

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  13. Meanwhile, ABC Family really doesn’t have any programming like Clone Wars, so it seems unlikely to get the Star

  14. zend alleen nog season 6 op cartoon network uit aub , het zou echt fijn zijn