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'Clone Wars': The legacy of Ahsoka in the 'Star Wars' universe

In the end, Ahsoka Tano wasn’t the only one who walked away. The fifth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars reached its finale last weekend, and as many suspected, the episode turned out to be a swan song for the CG-animated series. Lucasfilm announced Monday that it would go “in a new direction” with its animation pursuits: “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.”

What might that mean? On both the silver and small screen, the chronicles of the Jedi universe have been fixed on the life of Anakin Skywalker, but with the announced Episode VII film, newcomer Kathy Kennedy is turning the cinematic focus for the first time beyond the fiery funeral of Darth Vader. (That’s a sharp turn from the tack of the now-retiring George Lucas, who had in recent years stated that the most relevant stories in the Star Wars universe ended with the torching of Vader’s corpse on the forest moon of Endor.)

The costly postponement of the 3-D re-release of two prequel installments only underlines Kennedy’s resolve to get this new plotted course underway with all moviemaking engines pushing in the same direction. This week also brought word that Detours, the planned series that would spoof the Jedi universe, might turn out to be a dead end. Time will tell if Lucasfilm television animation will follow the feature film saga into the post-Vader years or if it will jump into another direction to give the theatrical flagship plenty of room to manuever.

But what of Clone Wars?

The final broadcast episode was an especially evocative one as Ahsoka Tano (the character created for the series and the namesake 2008 animated film) was wrongly accused of sedition and murder. Her ultimate fate had been a topic of fan speculation for months and now it seems to dovetail with the fate of series itself. We caught up with Dave Filoni, who directed the episode and had become the Lucasfilm face of the series as supervising director for all five seasons, to talk about the young Jedi trainee nicknamed Snips. READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars' TV massacre! Lucasfilm cancels 'Clone Wars,' indefinitely postpones 'Detours'

The Star Wars universe is moving forward into a brave new era, and that means it’s time for a good old-fashioned brand scrub. Following the news that newly-Disneyfied Lucasfilm is delaying the 3D re-release of Episodes II and III, the company announced today that they are ending production of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the Cartoon Network series that spent five seasons earning raves — raves that were all variations of “Well, at least it’s better than the last few movies.” READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars: The Clone Wars': Watch trailer for 100th episode -- VIDEO

Star Wars: The Clone Wars reaches a milestone moment on Saturday with its 100th episode, which is titled “Missing In Action.” The big number is an impressive feat if you consider that even the most sacred of sci-fi shows fall short of the triple-digits. Consider the fact that the original Star Trek ran out of power at episode No. 79 and Battlestar Galactica (the 21st century edition) and The Six-Million Dollar Man were judged to be scrap metal after 73 and 99 weekly episodes, respectively (and no, we do not have to count either brand’s made-for-TV movies).

Sure, the achievement of keeping a show on the Cartoon Network for the past five years is a different challenge than holding on to a primetime slot during the network days of Capt. James T. Kirk and Col. Steve Austin. Still, Star Wars: The Clone Wars has been an impressive with its visual ambition, persistent storytelling interest in knotty ethical quandaries, and the amount of pivotal new canon it’s introduced (such as the existence of the Overlords). The show, by the way, is expected to move to Disney XD after this season as a logical result of the Disney purchase of Lucasfilm.

After five years, there are legion of young faithful fans who adore the show and can name a half dozen Clone Troopers (Rex and Cody, of course, but also Echo, Waxer, Hardcase, or maybe Boil and Keeli…). And they’ll meet a new one this Saturday with Gregor, a Republic clone commando suffering from amnesia who may be unaware of his true nature.

The clones have, paradoxically, become a force defined by singular deeds of valor and by individual personas that develop the same kind of variations in temperament and perspective that you would expect from any band of brothers. This band just happens to wear a “uniform” that goes down to the genetic level and their standard issue DNA.

The Clones have earned the loyalty of a new generation of Jedi fans and a not-insignificant percentage of those fans have never seen Mark Hamill in the role of Luke Skywalker — they only know the animated show and maybe the prequel trilogy. That sounds ludicrous to older fans who consider the Anakin Skywalker saga to be a lesser product and assume this show is a watered version of that — some clone created to occupy a LucasFilm marketshare. That view has its reasons behind it but so does the opinion that once a clone has watched life and death and made hard choices about both, they deserve a chance to make a name of their own.

Click below for the trailer…and fans of the show will want to make sure they watch all the way through. READ FULL STORY

'Modern Family': Billy Dee Williams to guest, Nathan Lane to return

If your New Year’s Resolution was to add a little more Billy Dee Williams into your life, you may just get it under the wire: The Star Wars actor will play himself on a holiday episode of ABC’s Modern Family, EW has learned. In the episode, titled “New Year’s Eve,” Jay (Ed O’Neill) crosses paths with Williams over a game of cards during a family trip to Palm Springs. READ FULL STORY

Doctor Who's David Tennant to guest on 'Clone Wars'

The Doctor is learning the ways of the Force. Actually, he’ll be teaching the ways of the Force to a group of Jedi younglings in Saturday’s episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. David Tennant will voice Huyang, an ancient droid who specializes in the construction of lightsabers. “When I heard the Doctor himself, David Tennant, was a fan of Star Wars I knew I had to find a way to get in contact with him to see if he would perform on Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” said Dave Filoni, the cartoon’s supervising director. “I thought David was perfect for the part and he did not disappoint. He delivered a performance which impressed even the Master himself, George Lucas.”

Click below for a preview of Tennant as Huyang, a much more competent C-3PO. READ FULL STORY

In the wake of Disney/Lucasfilm deal, will 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' leave Cartoon Network?

After Disney staged their bloodless coup of the Star Wars universe earlier this week, there’s been a lot of talk about the next wave of movies set a long time ago in a galaxy far far away. Lost in the shuffle, though, is the TV show Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the popular prequel-era series which is currently airing its fifth season on Cartoon Network. Cartoon Network, of course, is owned by Turner, which is owned by Time Warner — which is decisively not owned by Disney. That means that Clone Wars is currently caught in the neutral zone between two megacorporations, and its future is not entirely certain. The Hollywood Reporter claims that the series will finish out its current season on Cartoon Network in early 2013, at which point it will likely move to Disney XD, the Disney network so hip that it abbreviates “Extra” with “X.” READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' season 5 trailer: Maul, Mandalorians, and one angry, lightsaber-wielding Darth Sidious -- EXCLUSIVE

The big question we were all left pondering after Star Wars: The Clone Wars did the impossible and resurrected Darth Maul: What’s next?

Well, fans this weekend at Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando were treated to at least part of the answer in an epic new trailer for season 5 that shows what happens when Maul and his Mandalorian allies are unleashed on that Galaxy Far, Far Away.

“I’d say these are the most thought-provoking episodes we’ve done, for sure,” supervising director Dave Filoni says of the new season, set to debut on Cartoon Network on Saturday Sept. 29 in its new 9:30 a.m. timeslot. “Is there a benefit of having seen the previous four seasons? Yes. Season 5, more than any other we’ve produced, is geared to the loyal viewer.”

EW has the exclusive online debut of the three-and-a-half minute trailer, and it’s a cosmic corker featuring not just Maul, his brother Savage Opress, and director Jon Favreau’s Mandalorian Death Watch leader Pre Vizsla, but Asajj Ventress, Mark II tech, and a lightsaber-wielding Darth Sidious. Check it out after the page break (if you’re coming from the Inside TV blog main page):

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'Simpsons' Comic-Con panel: Sneak peeks of 'Daycare' and 'Treehouse,' plus... Carrie Fisher?

Springfield invaded San Diego on Saturday, as The Simpsons offered up two sneak peeks and one surprise guest (but very little news about the upcoming 24th season) in their Ballroom 20 Comic-Con panel. Here’s your 30-second rundown of the proceedings. READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars: The Clone Wars': First look of Darth Maul in Season 5 -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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In March’s season finale, Star Wars: The Clone Wars served up a canon-rewriting revelation: Darth Maul was alive, if not particularly well. Okay, he was a raving lunatic, having been driven mad over losing his legs to Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsaber on Naboo. In place of those severed limbs, his Dark Side rage had sprouted spider legs from his torso. If you watched last season, you know it was one of the creepier things we’ve ever seen in the franchise.

Well, you can’t keep a bad Sith down, it seems. After being rescued by his brother, Savage Opress, Maul regained his wits and a fancy new pair of metallic legs thanks to Mother Talzin’s Nightsister magic. Just like that, he was back in fighting form and even ready for a rematch with Obi-Wan. Guess what? Maul won. Or at least forced the Jedi Master to retreat. When we last saw the tattooed Sith, he vowed not to chase after Kenobi but, rather, make such a ruckus in the galaxy that the Jedi would be forced to come to him…on his own turf.

Now EW’s got your first look at Maul and Savage slashing their way through season 5. Check out this exclusive video, which just played at The Clone Wars‘ Comic-Con panel but is making its online debut right here, after the break: READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' Season 5 trailer: Darth Maul, Death Watch battle over the galaxy -- EXCLUSIVE

Even legendary prequel naysayer Simon Pegg has made up with Star Wars. Why?

The Clone Wars. Making Star Wars cool again, twenty minutes at a time,” he tweeted in February, shortly before voicing Empire Strikes Back bounty hunter Dengar in an episode. But you don’t have to take Pegg’s word for it. Instead, check out Darth Maul and the Death Watch battling for galactic supremacy in this dark, kinetic new trailer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ fifth season, set to debut on Cartoon Network this September. Cynical as you may be about the franchise, it’ll make you feel like your 12-year-old self clutching a Boba Fett lunchbox in no time. Or as the series’ supervising director Dave Filoni tells EW, “There’s a lot of payoff coming.” READ FULL STORY

'30 Rock': Where can a girl wear a Princess Leia outfit? Let Liz Lemon count the ways -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

On Thursday’s episode of NBC comedy 30 Rock, Jack (Alec Baldwin) arranges a blind date for Liz (Tina Fey) to… perhaps prove to her that her relationship with Criss (guest star James Mardsen) is about as sturdy as a North Korean rocket? Of course, everyone knows that Liz’s heart will always truly belong to… Princess Leia! No, she’s not wearing another Leia outfit to shirk her civic duty — she’s giving one to Jack’s daughter, Liddy.

Click on the video below to see how this tiny gift will be functional far beyond Halloween. READ FULL STORY

Sam Witwer on Darth Maul's 'Clone Wars' Resurrection: 'He's going to be around for a little bit' -EXCLUSIVE

Last week’s episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, “Brothers,” featured a canon-shattering revelation: Darth Maul had survived being cut in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi and was hiding out on the garbage planet Lotho Minor. His reentry into that galaxy far, far away is one of the creepier things we’ve ever seen from the Star Wars saga, not just because of the spider legs Maul’s somehow conjured for himself from the dark side of the Force, but because his shattered mental state hinted at the deepest, murkiest kind of psychological darkness.

Who better to play that than Sam Witwer? He’s already literally embodied the dark side with his character The Son on The Clone Wars’ third season and voiced Darth Vader’s secret apprentice Starkiller in The Force Unleashed videogames. Not to mention that he plays sexy vampire (do they come any other way these days?) Aidan on Syfy’s Being Human and portrayed the decidedly unsexy tank zombie that Rick kills in the pilot episode of The Walking Dead. In a far more awesome alternate universe, he was also the star of Frank Darabont’s ambitious original idea for the Walking Dead Season 2 premiere.

EW caught up with Witwer about Maul and what exactly his resurrection means for the future of the Star Wars saga as we know it. He’ll also be joining us, along with Obi-Wan voice actor James Arnold Taylor, for our live chat of The Clone Wars Season 4 finale starting at 7:40 p.m. ET/4:40 p.m. PT tonight. READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars: The Clone Wars': Darth Maul vs. Obi-Wan, The Rematch -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

In Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace Darth Maul said, “At last we shall reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last we shall have revenge.” Well, that didn’t quite work out, did it? At least not then, and certainly not because of the tattooed Sith Lord. Sure, Maul killed the preachy Qui-Gon Jinn, but he in turn got cut in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi.

In last week’s episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, however, it was revealed that Maul survived the aforementioned vivisection, though he was left a broken shell of a Sith, incoherently muttering nonsense to himself from deep within a cave on junk planet Lotho Minor. It may have been disappointing for you Maul fans out there to see just how far he had fallen.

Well, your disappointment is going to be very short-lived because in this Friday’s season-ender, “Revenge,” Maul regains his wits, his legs, and his anti-Jedi bloodlust. It all culminates in a rematch with Obi-Wan Kenobi for the ages, a “Duel of the Fates: Part II” if you will. Whereas in Episode I Maul was basically just a blunt instrument deployed by Darth Sidious to do his bidding, this time he’s truly fueled by hate. And, by the Force, if that doesn’t make him a more formidable opponent. To get you ready for this Friday’s EW.com Live Chat with Maul and Obi-Wan’s voice actors, Sam Witwer and James Arnold Taylor, we’ve got an exclusive clip of just what happens when they lock lightsabers once again. Check it out — and pick a side in on our poll — after the jump. READ FULL STORY

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