Cartoon Network losing 'Clone Wars' to Mickey Mouse?
Report: Animated 'Star Wars' series headed to Disney XD
The force is no longer with the Cartoon Network. In light of this week's $4 billion acquisition of the George Lucas empire by Disney, the Hollywood Reporter projects that "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" will "almost certainly" move from Cartoon Network to the Disney XD channel following the end of the 2012-13 television season.
The animated "Star Wars" series has been one of the highest-rated Cartoon Network shows -- even after a move this season to Saturday mornings -- getting renewed each year for the last four.
Disney CEO Robert Iger told the Reporter he sees Disney XD as a "perfect home for a 'Star Wars' show," although he didn't mention "Clone Wars" by name.
The Cartoon Network retains rerun rights to the 100 "Clone Wars" episodes it has aired so far, but it is not known for how long.
"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" airs Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. ET/PT on the Cartoon Network.