‘Clone Wars’ Debuts on Cable October 3
The Cartoon Network has announced that the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars will debut on Friday, October 3 at 9 p.m. The first night will feature a one-hour special, kicking off the cable network’s Friday night block of new programming. The first hour that night will be offering a sneak peek at their new Secret Saturdays. The following week will be the new schedule with The Secret Saturdays (premiere episodes); Star Wars: The Clone Wars; Star Wars: The Clone Wars (premiere episodes); Ben 10: Alien Force (premiere episodes).
Lucasfilm kicked off audience anticipation for the new television series by releasing a feature film version in August. As of September 1, the film has earned a disappointing $30,672,432 along with lackluster reviews from professionals and kids alike. The movie hasn’t wowed them overseas either, taking in just $22,500,000.
Set during the Clone Wars between Episode II and Episode III, Lucas guarantees at least 100 thirty-minute episodes will be produced. Anakin and Obi-Wan will be featured prominently in the series, and Yoda, Count Dooku, Mace Windu, Palpatine, Padme, and General Grievous are also expected to appear. An entirely different voice cast came on board since the movie stars couldn’t necessarily commit to 100 episodes each. The series exposes the front lines of the intergalactic struggle between good and evil, The Grand Army of the Republic led by Yoda and the New Droid Army of the Separatists, respectively.
Audiences on October 3 will be treated to "Ambush," where Yoda is attempting to compelte a treat with the king of Toydaria when he’s attacked by Count Dooku and Asajj Ventress. The second half will be the debut of "Rising Malevolence," which involves a mystery weapon that causes concern among the clone army. Anakin and Ahsoka race to rescue Jedi Master Plo Koon and his clone troopers.
Although George Lucas is overseeing everything, the day-to-day work on the series is being handled by supervising director Dave Filoni
George Lucas let it be known he was thinking of two different looks at his SW universe, one animated, one live-action. Talk of both series began as far back as Comic-Con International 2005 and the road from idea to screen took longer than expected. Interestingly, 20th-Century Fox, which had released the six live-action films, was not interested in one more trip to the galaxy far, far away. After peddling it around Hollywood, a semi-reluctant Warner Bros. signed on.