Monday, August 5, 2013

Are ‘Star Wars’ TV Shows Headed to ABC?

It was a long, long time ago that rumors began circulating about a Star Wars TV series, but the televised adventures in George Lucas’ galaxy are finally beginning to materialize, according to an ABC exec who has been working closely with The House of Mouse’s most talked-about acquisition, Lucasfilm Ltd.

“We’ve started conversations with [Lucasfilm]," said Paul Lee, president of the Disney-owned ABC Entertainment Group. “I have an inkling in my mind, but they have a lot on their plate.”

I suspect that the fate of Star Wars on TV will hinge on the success of this fall’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., an ABC series born out of Disney’s ownership of Marvel. If that show is a hit with general audiences as well as the vocal legions of Marvel geeks — many of whom are also Star Wars fanatics — then we might see a Star Wars TV show (or multiple shows) go into production long before Disney’s Episode VII hits theaters in 2015.

For Reuters’ full story, click here.