Tube Debut Date for Clone Wars

The CG-animated theatrical release Star Wars: The Clone Wars has earned nearly $53 million at the box office worldwide, and will soon make the jump to the small screen as a regular series. Cartoon Network has announced that it will premiere Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Friday, Oct. 3. at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). The hour-long series kick-off will anchor the Network’s new fantasy, action and adventure night, which will also feature the new animated series The Secret Saturdays and current hit Ben 10: Alien Force.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars chronicles the adventures of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Ahsoka Tano and other favorite characters as they struggle against the dark side during the divisive Clone Wars. Dwindling numbers of Jedi fight to maintain freedom and restore peace to the galaxy, pitting their army of genetically engineered clones against the seemingly never-ending droid army. Swept into the turmoil of war, our heroes must battle the evil Count Dooku, his assassin, Asajj Ventress, their master, Darth Sidious, the mechanical General Grievous and a rogue’s gallery of never-before-seen villains.

Each week will offer a new story brought to the screen by supervising director Dave Filoni and exec producer George Lucas. Lucasfilm Animation in Singapore has produced more than 30 episodes to date.

Cartoon Network’s new night of fantasy-adventure programming begins at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) with the series premiere of the comedy-action series The Secret Saturdays from Porchlight Ent. and creator Jay Stephens. The show revolves around a family of world-saving adventure scientists. Doc, Drew and Zak Saturday live in a hidden base and are part of a network of scientists who protect against all the underlying evil in the world. Traveling from the Gobi Desert to the Marianas Trench, they explore ancient temples and bottomless caves and tangle with twisted villains, including the masked madman V.V. Argost and his half-human/half-giant spider. New episodes of Ben 10: Alien Force will begin airing after Clone Wars on Oct. 10.