August 5, 2016 1:52 pm

‘Star Wars’ TV show may be coming to ABC in the near future

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ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey has revealed that the TV network is mulling the idea of bringing the Star Wars universe to the small screen.

At the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour, Dungey transparently stated that the “hush-hush” deliberations with Lucasfilm may actually yield a brand-new, Star Wars-based TV show.

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“Oh, as a fan, I would absolutely love to say ‘Yes,'” she said. “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.”

She further elaborated that the talks are ongoing, and nothing has been set in stone yet.

“It’s all a little bit hush-hush,” Dungey said. “That company exists under a big shroud of secrecy. If you feel Marvel’s secretive, [Lucasfilm] takes it to a whole other level… We don’t have an official timeline yet.”

Dungey wouldn’t confirm if the series would be live-action or animated (remember Droids? Ewoks?), but Disney XD, which is also under the ABC umbrella, already has animated series Star Wars Rebels, so live-action would make more sense to avoid overlap.

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While there has never been a live-action Star Wars TV series, there has been talk about a proposed project called Star Wars: Underworld that originated when Star Wars creator George Lucas hinted at its existence in 2005. For various reasons (including budgetary restraints), the project never really got off the ground and never aired in any form.

Star Wars fans on Twitter were both trepidatious and excited about the prospect.

Ultimately, there would be a lot of challenges bringing Star Wars to TV: namely, the size of the universe and the difficulty appeasing legions of fans who expect a certain calibre of production.

Since the talks are still ongoing, there has been no word if a Canadian network would be interested in picking up the show for broadcast.

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