The movie world was turned upside down earlier this week, when it was announced that Star Wars: Episode VII is in the works after Disney's purchase of LucasFilm for $4.05 billion. That announcement did not mention another part of the Star Wars canon, the Cartoon Network series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, currently in its fifth season. Today, we have word that the animated show will likely move to the Disney XD network after Season 5.
Turner Broadcasting, which owns Cartoon Network, only has the licensing rights to the show until the end of this current season. Reps for both Cartoon Network and LucasFilm revealed that a decision on keeping the show where it is at will come at the end of the season. Disney CEO Robert Iger did say Disney XD would be a great home for a Star Wars TV series, although he didn't mention Star Wars: The Clone Wars specifically.
Star Wars: Episode VII continues to be one of Cartoon Network's top-rated shows, even though the show was moved from Friday nights to Saturday mornings this season. The series debuted in 2008, and takes place in the years between Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.