At the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour in Beverly Hills on Thursday, Channing Dungey, ABC Entertainment President, was asked if she wants a primetime TV series based on the Star Wars franchise. They are both owned by the same parent company after all. EW reports Dungey’s response:
“Oh, as a fan, I would absolutely love to say ‘Yes,’”
“The conversations with Lucas, we have had conversations with them and will continue to have conversations with them. I think it would be wonderful if we could find a way to extend that brand into our programming.”
“It’s all a little bit hush-hush. That company exists under a big shroud of secrecy. If you feel Marvel’s secretive, [Lucasfilm] takes it to a whole other level … [Talks] are ongoing. We don’t have an official timeline yet.”
A few questions arise from this: When? What point in the timeline? What characters, alien races, and settings would be highlighted? What’s taking so long, Disney?
While this “shroud of secrecy” is very intriguing, it might be better to let LucasFilm and ABC duke it out a bit longer before we hear any more of this possible Star Wars show. Since the franchise’s production is not known for its television budget, our expectancy for this potential spectacle might automatically set the bar really high for them. Some Jedi and Rebel feats can only be appropriately represented in animated form or on the big screen.
In the past we’ve heard rumblings of a live-action TV series set in the Star Wars universe to be in the works. Yet they seem too expensive to make for any television network. Now that Yoda and Mickey Mouse coexist, maybe the stars will align in our favor and we’ll get the TV series Channing Dungey and the rest of the world so desperately desires.
Star Wars fans: Should the SW universe expand past the movies and into primetime TV?