The thirteen completed episodes from the canceled sixth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be distributed in the United States exclusively on Netflix beginning Friday, March 7, according to an early-morning announcement from Lucasfilm.
"Accompanying the 13-episode new season dubbed 'The Lost Missions' will be the entire Star Wars: The Clone Wars saga, which includes several director's cut episodes never seen on TV as well as the feature film," the announcement says. "This multi-year agreement also makes Netflix the exclusive subscription service for the entire Star Wars: The Clone Wars series."
To promote this announcement, USA Today has been given a clip of Yoda hearing "a voice" in his Jedi Temple chambers.
American fans have been anxiously awaiting details about a venue for the bonus content ever since the series was canceled on March 11, 2013. In announcing the end of the show's run on Cartoon Network, Lucasfilm said that its animation division was "continuing production on new Clone Wars story arcs that promise to be some of the most thrilling adventures ever seen." Exactly seven months later, supervising director Dave Filoni revisited the subject of the bonus content, announcing that his team had completed the episodes and promising that they would debut early this year.
In Germany, TV network Super RTL is set to broadcast the first of the thirteen Season 6 episodes this Saturday, February 15 at 8:15 p.m. local time. Information about the bonus content episodes has surfaced in German TV listings. As for why Germany is proceeding differently than other markets, an insider suggested to me that Germany was the only country where the television audience was large enough to justify the cost of continuing to air the show.
Check out the full press release below.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars' Final Season, "The Lost Missions," to Hit Netflix on March 7
February 13, 2014
Exclusive Licensing Agreement with The Disney/ABC Television Group Brings Star Wars Content to Netflix Streaming Members for the First Time
The Galactic Republic, Disney/ABC Television Group, Lucasfilm, and Netflix Inc. today announced the highly anticipated debut of the sixth and final season of the Emmy(r) Award-winning series Star Wars: The Clone Wars exclusively to Netflix members in the US and Canada on Friday, March 7. Accompanying the 13-episode new season dubbed "The Lost Missions" will be the entire Star Wars: The Clone Wars saga, which includes several director's cut episodes never seen on TV as well as the feature film. This multi-year agreement also makes Netflix the exclusive subscription service for the entire Star Wars: The Clone Wars series.
In these eagerly anticipated episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, some of the deepest mysteries of the conflict between the light and the dark sides of the Force are revealed. An intrepid clone trooper discovers a shocking secret, Anakin Skywalker's closest relationship is tested to its limits, and what Master Yoda discovers while investigating the disappearance of a Jedi could forever change the balance of power in the galaxy. Fans will not only be able to watch the thrilling finale, they'll be able to see more of Star Wars: The Clone Wars than ever before as Netflix will also stream the director's cut of seasons one to five.
"Stars Wars is one of the most iconic franchises of all time and this series joins a long line of Disney content that Netflix members are and will continue to enjoy for years to come," said Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer. "The Clone Wars marks an important moment as Netflix welcomes more and more first-run content from The Walt Disney Company and its subsidiaries."
Star Wars: The Clone Wars is the first time any Star Wars content has been available for Netflix streaming members. The deal follows a recent announcement from Netflix and The Walt Disney Company to bring multiple original series based on Marvel characters to the service in 2015. Netflix will be the exclusive US subscription television service for first-run, live-action, and animated movies from the Walt Disney Studios including titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature, and Lucasfilm beginning in 2016. Netflix members can currently enjoy a wide range of Disney, ABC Entertainment Group and Disney Channel films and TV shows across the 41 countries where Netflix operates.
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