Star Wars: Clone Wars Cancelled, New Series On the Way

Lucasfilm announced today that the fan-favorite animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars will end after five seasons, with its storylines being continued elsewhere. They also announced the indefinite delay of the previously-announced animated comedy series Star Wars Detours.

"As we enter into an exciting new era focused on the next Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm has decided to pursue a new direction in animated programming," said the studio in a statement. "We are exploring a whole new Star Wars series set in a time period previously untouched in Star Wars films or television programming. You can expect more details in the months to come."

Back in January, Clone Wars was absent from Cartoon Network's schedule for next season, but most fans merely assumed that the popular series would be moving to Disney XD unchanged.

"While the studio is no longer producing new episodes for Cartoon Network, we're continuing production on new Clone Wars story arcs that promise to be some of the most thrilling adventures ever seen," Lucasfilm wrote. "Stay tuned for more information on where fans can soon find this bonus content."

They added that, "At Star Wars Celebration VI last year, George Lucas gave fans a glimpse at the animated comedy series Star Wars Detours from Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, and Todd Grimes. Detours was conceived and produced before we decided to move forward with the new Star Wars trilogy, and in the wake of that decision, Lucasfilm has reconsidered whether launching an animated comedy prior to the launch of Episode VII makes sense. As a result, we've decided to postpone the release of Detours until a later date."