ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee briefly mentioned ongoing discussions about Star Wars
TV show projects at the 2013 Television Critics Association press tour. IGN's Eric Goldman reports
I asked Disney president Paul Lee about the possibility of Star Wars on ABC. While Lee wouldn’t give any specifics, he did say, “I certainly have a glint in my eye. They have a lot on their plate when you look at the features that they’re planning on rolling out for the next few years, but we’ve started conversations with them.”
Lee isn't kidding when he says that Lucasfilm's portfolio is already quite full. Between the sequel trilogy and the interspersed spinoff films, Star Wars
movies are set to dominate Lucasfilm's attention for the next six or seven years. What role would (or should) a TV show have in the new sequel trilogy-dominated era of Star Wars
? Would it be more successful as a tie-in to the sequel era or as a standalone project in another time period entirely? These are some of the questions that Lee and his fellow Disney-ites at Lucasfilm will have to consider.
It's worth noting that ABC and Lucasfilm have collaborated in the television world before. ABC aired The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles
for twenty-four episodes from March 1992 to July 1993 despite middling ratings. The series received 27 Emmy nominations and 12 wins. As Steve Sansweet reminds us
, "[t]he ABC executive who made that decision was Robert Iger--now the head of Disney."