Cartoon Network loses Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Mar 11, 2013 at 7:26 p.m. ET

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is no more. After five successful seasons, Lucasfilm has canceled the animated series. The Cartoon Network, which airs the show, also confirmed the news.

Star Wars Clone Wars

It's the end of a TV era. The Cartoon Network and Lucasfilm have announced that they've canceled Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The series recently wrapped its fifth and final season.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lucasfilm wants to put all their energy into the new Star Wars films. They released a statement saying, "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."

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Even though they're closing the door on The Clone Wars, they're not done with the property. We can expect another series that will mesh more with the revamped franchise. "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."

The Clone Wars was a strong performer for The Cartoon Network. After its debut in 2008, it remained the number one show among boys 9-14 and showed continued strength among kids 2-11 and 9-14.

The network confirmed, "It has been a pleasure to work with Lucasfilm on Star Wars: The Clone Wars over the last five years and introducing a whole new audience to this great iconic brand."

During its five seasons, The Clone Wars featured guest appearances by notable actors such as Jaime King, Jon Favreau, Ron Perlman and Liam Neeson. Not to mention, 90210's Matt Lanter voiced the lead character Anakin Skywalker for its entire run.

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