I caught a few cool news bites today I thought I’d chat about… we have Star Wars TV news, a bit about S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Agent Coulson and a piece on where Joss Whedon would have taken the Star Wars franchise. (Like that segue?)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars News
Locusfilm announced via Starwars.com that while they’re working on the new upcoming feature films of the Star Wars franchise, they’re also looking to take their animated TV series in a “new direction.”
Which tagged a brain cell in my head, where I was wondering about what would happen to the Cartoon Network platform of Star Wars: The Clone Wars? To date, The Clone Wars animated series has been a strong entry in the Cartoon Network lineup and an incredibly entertaining series that has evoked great memories and engaged my imagination by keeping the world of Star Wars alive for me. Sure, it’s an animated series, but they didn’t hold back with the stories, the battles or the personal developments.
The season five finale was one heck of an eye-opener, if you’ve been following along.
But be it as it may, my question about what might happen to The Clone Wars after Disney bought up Star Wars was answered today, when Disney/Lucasfilm announced that the series will come to a close on Cartoon Network.
“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.
After five highly successful and critically acclaimed seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, we feel the time has come to wind down the series. 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.”
Of course, I suspect that after the Clone Wars ends on Cartoon Network, we will probably see more animated content back on Disney’s own channels. But Clone was a strong ratings contender for Cartoon Network. That’s going to be a hard void to fill unless they snag up some more DC Universe content, which btw, Green Lantern and Young Justice are both also great venues on the network.
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Agent Coulson Lives on S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Series
Way back when Clark Gregg was announced to be reprising his role of Agent Coulson (“I thought his first name was Agent?”) I stamped my digital foot and went, HA! I told you! What with the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series, being heralded by Joss Whedon, taking place in the timeline AFTER the events in The Avengers, I felt like that lent credence to my theory of why Agent Coulson was not really killed in The Avengers.
While the entertainment industry is at SXSW, Joss Whedon reportedly stated that Agent Coulson is alive, for real, in the show.
Which has me sparking up and looking forward to how, or if, they address his survival and if my theory (see the link right above) really had any entertainment merit.
Other cast included in the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series coming to ABC include Ming-Na Wen, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Brett Dalton, and Chloe Bennet.
(Of course, the internet is abuzz with fan-based conjecture that Agent Coulson (Gregg) is going to be the Vision at some point in time. Seems cute and with this theory seemingly building up steam, websites are starting to give it enough credence by covering it… sigh.)
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Where Would Joss Whedon Had Taken Star Wars?
Since I chatted about The Clone Wars, and then about a Joss Whedon helmed TV show S.H.I.E.L.D., I thought I’d pull the two together via that smooth segue and make note of a type-bite (That’s like a sound-bite, but on the internet) of something Whedon said.
First item of note was that he had pulled his name from the hat of contenders looking to helm the latest Star Wars movies. He’s too busy overseeing the Disney/Marvel world of movies and such.
But had he been seriously considered, he said that
”You know, I wouldn’t go back, I’d go forward. I would want to create characters that would resonate the way that they did.”
I find it interesting that he notes moving forward, because that’s something I surmise in why he probably would not do another/new Firefly series.
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