‘Star Wars’ TV Series Still a Possibility, Per ABC Boss: ‘We Have Had Conversations’

Star Wars TV Series Still Possible
Courtesy of Lucas Film

ABC is still hoping to visit a galaxy far, far away, according to network president Channing Dungey, who says the Alphabet has been in discussions with Lucasfilm over the possibility of bringing the “Star Wars” universe to TV.

“As a fan I would absolutely love to say yes,” Dungey said during her executive session at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “We have had conversations with [Lucasfilm] and we will continue to have conversations with them. I think it would be wonderful if we could find a way to extend that brand onto our programming.”

After the panel, Dungey told a handful of reporters that as of now, there’s nothing official in the works in terms of a series. “It’s all a little bit hush-hush. That company exists under a big shroud of secrecy. If you feel Marvel is secretive, Lucas takes it to a whole other level,” she admitted. “[Talks] are ongoing. We don’t really have an official timeline yet.”

The company currently has two animated “Star Wars” series on its lineup courtesy of Disney XD’s “Star Wars Rebels,” which takes place in the years following “Revenge of the Sith” and before “A New Hope,” and “Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures,” which is set between “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.”

“Rebels” is executive produced by Simon Kinberg, who is also writing a mystery “Star Wars” anthology film, in addition to serving as executive producer on ABC’s new Kiefer Sutherland thriller “Designated Survivor.”

Reporting by Dan Holloway.

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  1. Shane says:

    No ! Just a very strong no vote on this. Mabey Netflix or HBO. No ABC, ever.

  2. JOE S HILL says:

    A “STAR WARS” TV series,,really? but then,that’s what happens,when you have a studio like Walt Disney,running a TV network like ABC,despite the dull fact that they own this once great TV network,that gave us way better Primetime TV shows,that can outdo anything in the present,,and THIS is their idea of TV,,trying to entertain the ridiculously BAD idea of making “STAR WARS” into a TV series? but then,ideas like this,aren’t exactly new to ABC-just go back in time to 1978,when they commissioned Universal Television and Glen A Larson to do “BATTLESTAR GALACTICA”,and look what at the mess that that resulted in-being sued by Lucasfilm Ltd and 20th Century Fox,for copyright infringement,even though the original series barely managed to hold it’s own during its first season (1978-79) and the serious money that Universal invested in it,which was costly! now in 2016,the Disney owned TV network wants to take advantage of its newly acquired asset,being Lucasfilm Ltd,and try to milk this franchise for last drop of blood that they can get out of it,,and entertaining the absurd idea of making this franchise into a Network TV series,is just that,,seriously absurd! good luck,with that idea.

    • You never know. They could pull it off. I’d like to see a dark tone with a “Lost” or “Breaking Bad” vibe. Take a look at the later seasons of the “Clone Wars” or “Rebels” animated series. There’s some great storytelling in there.

      • PS says:

        It could totally work. The Star Wars Universe is vast… just look at all the books, comics and computergames. They could produce an awesome show, set in the Star Wars universe. They just need the right angle and leave the main characters of the movies alone. George Lucas already had plans to do a Star Wars TV show, ABC is just picking up, where he left off. Also Battlestar Galactica, while not as good as the remake, was a fun show.

  3. R says:

    Uh, no. Lucasfilm should give $100 million to Netflix or HBO and say, there you go, have fun, make something awesome. Network TV is the last place for something of this caliber.

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