The animated series WILL NOT be returning for the expected sixth season, and the fifth season that just aired will be its last.
Truly a disturbance in the force was felt today as Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars: the Clone Wars has been canceled and there WILL NOT be a sixth season on Disney XD. The season finale that aired just a few weeks ago (on Cartoon Network) was it's series' finale. The news is a twin blow as the other Star Wars animated program, Star Wars Detours is now confirmed to be on hiatus until further notice. Here's the official statement released by Lucasfilm:
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. 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.
As part of this shift, we have also made some key decisions affecting Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Detours.
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. Stay tuned for more information on where fans can soon find this bonus content. In the video below, Supervising Director Dave Filoni offers a peek of what is to come in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
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.
We are incredibly proud of the teams at Lucasfilm Animation for creating some of the most amazing animation ever produced for TV. Keep checking StarWars.com for new developments on these and future projects.
Though this reporter must scratch his head as numerous plot lines still linger. Not to mention THREE episodes from Season 5 (the return of Clovis leading into complications with Anakin and Padme) have still not aired. There's no word where this "bonus content" of new Clone Wars specials will air (though it's highly likely it'll air on Disney XD). Whatever the case, stay tuned for further details when they become available. Until then here's what co-creator of the show Dave Filoni had to say: