Unfortunately there are no ratings for streaming shows and the platforms keep their numbers top secret. So external analytics are performed by companies such as Parrot Analytics that look at a variety of things to determine how successful a streaming show actually is. For this Parrot Analystics analyzes video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, comments on fan and critic rating platforms, as well as downloads and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites. So how does The Clone Wars perform? Spoiler: it’s a success! Click through for more!
Starting today, the Disney+ homepage carousel will feature Star Wars concept art from the legendary Ralph McQuarrie from his 1975 painting of the droids in the desert. For the first time, fans will be able to navigate to a dedicated brand page directly from carousel art. Once immersed in the Star Wars brand page fans will be treated to an adaption of character art from the Star Wars Celebration 2019 commemorative mural by Jason Palmer and other celebrated artists.
The concept art takeover continues on May the 4th with each film and series’ artwork updated to feature its original concept paintings. Click through for more details and a sneak peek at some of the other Concept Art!
After successfully capturing Maul on Mandalore, Ahsoka plans to deliver him to the Jedi Council on Coruscant. When Order 66 is declared in the midst of her journey, her world is turned upside down. Friends become foes, and enemies become allies in “Shattered” this Friday, May 1st, followed by the heart-pounding series finale “Victory and Death” on Monday, May 4th on Disney+.
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If you’ve been holding out buying the physical disk of the last entry in The Skywalker Saga, it looks like May the 4th will be the day to start streaming it on Disney+. Click through for the full press release.
It seems the Cassian Andor series is finally moving ahead. There are some casting news for the show! Mon Mothma will return! And the show has a new showrunner you all know, Tony Gilroy, who was hired to salvage Rogue One previously. Click through for more details and casting news about the series!
Variety has an exlusive report about an all new Star Wars series for Disney+! According to Variety’s sources the show will be a female-focused series in a new, yet unexplored timeline. Some people think that means “alternate timeline”, as in “alternate universe”, which is most certainly wrong, it merely means that an unexplored section of the timeline will be the setting for the show. Not much else is known. Showrunner is supposed to be Leslye Headland, who is co-creator and showrunner for the Netflix Show “Russian Doll”, which has been generally well received.
One thing that is more or less certain is the fact that the characters will probably be all new original creations, thus, it won’t be a Dr Aphra or Ahsoka series, unless the “new timeline” premise turns out to be wrong.
What are your thoughts? Are you excited for more Star Wars to come? Another thing is if Leslye Headland will still be showrunner for the yet untitled show in a year from now, considering Lucasfilm’s track record. There has been no official confirmation yet, but Variety usually has reliable sources.
Ahsoka leads Republic clones to confront Maul’s forces on Mandalore, while Maul senses the impending chaos and makes a calculated play to ensure his own survival in “The Phantom Apprentice,” an all-new episode of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” this FRIDAY, April 24th on Disney+.
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May the Fourth Be With You: Disney+ Honors Star Wars Day with Premiere of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian and Epic Conclusion of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Executive Producer Jon Favreau Goes Behind the Scenes of The Mandalorian in this 8-episode Documentary Series.
Ahsoka Tano reaches out to Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi seeking assistance to secure the capture of longtime adversary and former Sith Lord Maul, but the news of Grievous’ attack on Coruscant and Palpatine’s capture forces a difficult decision for the Jedi in “Old Friends Not Forgotten,” an all-new episode of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” this FRIDAY, April 17th on Disney+.
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Believing they are better without her, Ahsoka makes a deal to free the Martez sisters and soon attempts her own escape, but she is left reeling from the discovery of the true mastermind behind the Pyke spice operation in “Together Again,” an all-new episode of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” this FRIDAY, April 10th on Disney+.
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After being imprisoned by the Pykes, Ahsoka Tano and the Martez sisters manage a daring escape of their stronghold. Together they flee through the city to their ship, desperate to evade the Pyke forces in pursuit in “Dangerous Debt,” an all-new episode of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” this FRIDAY, April 3rd on Disney+.
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When Trace Martez pilots her prized ship on a mysterious job arranged by her sister Rafa, Ahsoka is alarmed to learn they are transporting for the evil Pyke Syndicate. Fearing that her ship may be at risk, Trace makes a rash decision that puts them all in peril in “Deal No Deal,” an all-new episode of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” this FRIDAY, March 27 on Disney+.
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Several European governments have asked Disney to reduce the video quality for Disney+. The service will launch tomorrow in several major European countries, however, because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, several governments are afraid that above average usage of streaming services by people told to stay at home may congest the internet. Even though German internet providers reassured that there’s more than enough capacity, at least in Germany, Disney complied and the service will reduce the bitrate in Europe for the next few weeks. Furthermore, France asked Disney to postpone the launch of the streaming service. So now Disney+ will launch two weeks later in France.
Disney is not the only company to reduce the video bitrate in Europe, YouTube, Amazon Prime and Netflix also reduce bitrates. So you may get somewhat less than optimal video quality in Europe for the time being. Maybe some European countries need to upgrade their internet infrastructure. According to reports Switzerland is even considering to disable video streaming services in the country until further notice. At least that is not an option in the other European countries. If you watch videos on various streaming platforms in Europe you may see some artifacts here and there. It’s not you then, it’s the streaming service!
Covid-19, better known as the coronavirus, has the world firmly in its grip. And the Walt Disney Corporation is no exception here. Like all other entertainment companies Disney is facing stiff challenges, challenges that may, to a certain degree, also affect Star Wars. Movie releases get postponed, most theaters in the US are closed anyway, worldwide most countries have shut down all movie theaters, tv and streaming series productions are on hold, theme parks are closed, Disney cruises are shut down at least for another two weeks. But chances are the crisis won’t be over in two weeks and that whatever counter measures are in effect now will still be in effect in April and maybe even May and June. First analysts theorize that now may be the perfect time for Apple to buy Disney, Disney’s stock price is falling and it will most likely continue to fall. So what exactly is going on right now and what does it mean for us, the consumers? Click through for more details!
After leaving the Jedi Order, Ahsoka Tano finds herself in the underworld of Coruscant where she befriends aspiring pilot Trace Martez. Enlisted by Trace’s sister Rafa to help build dangerous droids, Ahsoka opts to keep her Jedi past a secret in “Gone With a Trace,” an all-new episode of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” this FRIDAY, March 20 on Disney+.
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While Jedi Mace Windu and Obi-Wan Kenobi lead an attack against the Separatist forces on Anaxes, the Bad Batch and Anakin Skywalker infiltrate an enemy starship to ensure a Republic victory in “Unfinished Business,” an all-new episode of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” this Friday, March 13 on Disney+.
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In what almost feels like Groundhog Day, website Geeks WorldWide broke the exclusive story yesterday that filming for the Cassian Andor Disney+ series will be pushed back several months. Tony Gilroy was hired a while ago to fix script issues and to direct several episodes. But now new script issues have surfaced and the filming date has been pushed back as result of that. Filming was to begin in June, no new date is known. However, only recently Diego Luna confirmed that filming will begin in 2020. One has to wonder why only The Mandalorian doesn’t seem to suffer from any production issues at all, while both Kenobi and Cassian Andor are plagued by script issues and delays.
UPDATE: Ewan McGregor talks about the production delay! He says the release date of the show will not be affected! Click through for his statement!
We finally have an official date for the return of The Clone Wars on Disney+. It’s February 21st! A new trailer has also dropped on YouTube! Click through to watch it and check out the new poster art for the final season!
A new Star Wars rumor is circling the interwebs. Apparently, a bearded Jar Jar Binks may appear in the upcoming Kenobi Disney+ series! Nothing else is known, so take this with the usual grains of salt!
It has to be pointed out that Ahmed Best will be the host of a Star Wars quiz show on Disney+, so maybe Ahmed would be fine with portraying Jar Jar one more time? He did voice the character in the Clone Wars cartoon, which already had a somewhat more nuanced approach to the character. Would you look forward to seeing Jar Jar appear again in live action? Or would you rather never see him again? Also: how would Jar Jar fit in? Does Obi-Wan go to Naboo? It could be quite exciting to see Theed again. Or will Jar Jar travel to Tatooine? Leave your opinion in the comments! Movieweb has the full story!
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Disney+ has announced a new game show for kids to air exclusively on the new streaming platform. Click through for complete details on Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge…
There are 2 playsets that would be incredible additions to The Vintage Collection. One needs to be the Razorcrest, that much is clear, but the second might not be so obvious. I’ve taken some screenshots (not photos from my phone this time, yay!), and drew up a couple ideas for how these playsets could be brought to fruition. Click here to take a look!
Disney released their Q4 earnings report earlier today. Overall, it was a good quarter for Disney, their numbers are better than expected by analysts. Almost all segments see an earnings increase, while operating income has decreased, mostly because of associated costs for Hulu, Disney Plus and Twentieth Century Fox. Theme parks still have lower attendance than before, but average spending per consumer is up which resulted in increased earnings. In the merchandise licensing segment Star Wars was not mentioned at all, instead Toy Story and Frozen were mostly responsible for increased revenue.
With that out of the way let’s briefly talk about what Bob Iger had to say about Star Wars on Disney+ in the earnings call:
Star Wars has three television series, they are in varying forms of production and more in development for Disney Plus and Marvel has many more so, while in the Star Wars case, Star Wars 9 which comes out this December will be the last of the Skywalker Saga, and we’ll go into a hiatus for a few years before the next Star Wars feature there’ll be a lot of creative activity in the interim.
So while Iger didn’t provide any specifics, it seems we can expect more Star Wars series on Disney+ before we get a next movie. Nothing was said about what the series or the new movie(s) will be about. Nothing was said about Rian Johnson, Benioff & Weiss or Kevin Feige. But at least we now that more Star Wars series are in development. What other Star Wars series would you like to see on Disney+?
Variety has an exclusive scoop about the Cassian Andor Disney+ series on their website. They have learned that Tony Gilroy was hired by Lucasfilm to write and direct the pilot episode of the yet untitled Cassian Andor series, Gilroy is also said to direct a few more episodes. Gilroy will not be the showrunner, this is still supposed to be Stephen Schiff (he was previously the co-producer for The Americans). You may certainly remember Gilroy as the person who was hired to salvage Rogue One to great results. His work on Rogue One was so substantial that he received a writing credi. Gilroy is not a Star Wars fan, but that may not be a bad thing at all, he certainly knew how to fix the very messy state Rogue One was reportedly in. No release date for the Cassian Andor series is known, but it’s supposed to be some time in 2021.
More details for the upcoming Disney+ Kenobi series have been announced! Deborah Chow will direct the series and Hossein Amini will write the scripts. Executive producers will be Chow, Amini and Ewan McGregor, alongside Kathleen Kennedy, Tracey Seaward (she worked on The Queen, Philomena, Florence Foster Jenkins) and John Swartz (producer for Force Awakens, Rogue One and Solo).
Deborah Chow has directed episodes for quite a few illustrous tv/streaming shows, she worked on the Mandalorian, Better Call Saul, Fear The Walking Dead, American Gods, The Man in the High Castle, Mr. Robot and Vampire Diaries, to name a few. Hossein Amini is best known for writing the Ryan Gosling movie “Drive”, he also worked on “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “47 Ronin”. See the full story at the Hollywood Reporter.
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