Following is a press release about the new episodes of the "Clone Wars."
Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu and Anakin Skywalker lead the Army of the Republic against a vast uprising as "Star Wars: Clone Wars" continues on Cartoon Network, beginning Friday, March 26. Cartoon Network aired chapters 1-10 of the "Star Wars: Clone Wars" ?epic micro-series? in November 2003. Ten new episodes, chapters 11-20, are scheduled to air on Cartoon Network weekdays from Friday, March 26-Thursday, April 8.
Chapter 11 will premiere Friday, March 26, at 9:30 p.m. (ET, PT). Subsequent chapters will air weeknights at 8 p.m. (ET, PT) from Monday, March 29-Thursday, April 8. Star Wars: Clone Wars marathons will air Friday, April 9, and Saturday, April 10.
"Star Wars: Clone Wars" continues the saga where the live action feature film "Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones" left off ? at the beginning of the Clone Wars, an epic civil war that pits the old Republic against a vast separatist movement led by the forces of evil.
Chapters 11-20 advance the animated saga of the Clone Wars. Taking center stage is the battle between Anakin Skywalker and his would-be assassin, the Dark Jedi Asajj Ventress, protégé of the evil Sith lord Count Dooku. Meanwhile, on the desert planet of Dantooine, Mace Windu must singlehandedly take on an army of Droid soldiers. And Yoda undertakes a mission to rescue two fellow Jedi, Barris Offee and Luminara Unduli, who are trapped on the icy planet Ilum. He is joined by Padme Amidala, C-3PO and R2-D2 on this dangerous mission.
A key development in the upcoming episodes of "Star Wars: Clone Wars" is the introduction of a new villain, General Grievous, who will play a large role in the upcoming feature "Star Wars: Episode III." In Chapter 20 of "Star Wars: Clone Wars," a group of Jedi Knights is being decimated by a seemingly indestructible new enemy. Only at the end of Chapter 20, as "Star Wars: Clone Wars" concludes, do viewers get a glimpse of this enormous villain with a fearsome fighting technique.
"In "Attack of the Clones," we saw that former Jedi Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) was the political leader behind the Separatist movement and instigator of the Clone Wars," says "Star Wars" producer Rick McCallum. "In "Episode III," we'll meet General Grievous, the military leader of all the Separatist armies. He's part alien and part robot. Grievous is a master strategist and the greatest hand-to-hand Jedi killer the galaxy has ever known."
?Introducing the new character of General Grievous is an awesome responsibility,? said Genndy Tartakovsky, the producer and director of "Star Wars: Clone Wars." ?Working with the great characters of the "Star Wars" universe was humbling to all of us on the crew of "Star Wars: Clone Wars," but helping to create a new character that will enter the mythology has made us truly feel a part of the "Star Wars" family. The fact that he is a powerful villain made it even cooler.?
"Star Wars: Clone Wars" is being produced at Cartoon Network Studios by a team led by Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator of "Samurai Jack" and "Dexter?s Laboratory." Each episodic short is approximately three minutes in length. "Star Wars: Clone Wars" is airing exclusively on Cartoon Network worldwide.
The premiere schedule for "Star Wars: Clone Wars" is as follows. All times are listed ET, PT.
- Friday, March 26, at 9:30 p.m.: Chapter 11 (preceded by Chapters 1-5 at 8 p.m. and Chapters 6-10 at 9 p.m.)
- Monday, March 29, at 8 p.m.: Chapter 12
- Tuesday, March 30, at 8 p.m.: Chapter 13
- Wednesday, March 31, at 8 p.m.: Chapter 14
- Thursday, April 1, at 8 p.m.: Chapter 15
- Friday. April 2, at 8 p.m.: Chapter 16
- Monday, April 5, at 8 p.m.: Chapter 17
- Tuesday, April 6, at 8 p.m.: Chapter 18
- Wednesday, April 7, at 8 p.m.: Chapter 19
- Thursday, April 8, at 8 p.m.: Chapter 20
- Friday, April 9: Chapters 11-15 at 8 p.m. followed by Chapters 16-20 at 9 p.m. (ET, PT)
- Saturday, April 10: Chapters 1-5 at 9 p.m., Chapters 6-10 at 10 p.m., Chapters 11-15 at 11 p.m. and Chapters 16-20 at 12 a.m. (All times ET, PT)