The Force will awaken in a whole new way if ABC has their way, when the TV network’s executive recently revealed that ABC is working on making a series based on Star Wars characters a reality at today at Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour in Beverly Hills, California. ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey responded to a question on if the network was interested in doing a series with the Star Wars property which is owned by ABC’s parent company Disney, she responded that their is ongoing talks to develop a show in the epic world which is still mega-popular in film and other mediums.
“The conversations with Lucas, we have had conversations with them and will continue to have conversations with them. I think it would be wonderful if we could find a way to extend that brand into our programming.” said Dungey according to EW. She noted that there is no exact expected time frame to produce the series, and furthermore the show’s story will be kept under wraps until it airs. “That company exists under a big shroud of secrecy. If you feel Marvel’s secretive, [Lucasfilm] takes it to a whole other level … [Talks] are ongoing. We don’t have an official timeline yet.”
The challenge of making Star Wars live action show for TV is quite big, as fans expect a high level of production and special effects. This is not like other big sci-fi shows like Star Trek which got the beefed up when they made the jump from TV to Movies, so the potential SW series will need to sustain the magic. Plus you have to consider how these shows compliment or play into the stories of the new Star Wars films like ‘the Force Awakens’ and the upcoming prequel ‘Rogue One’.
Disney also owns Marvel and has already utilized Marvel characters for ‘Agents of S.H.E.I.LD’ and ‘Agent Carter’ as dramatic series. ‘Carter’ got cancelled but ‘Agents’ still continues with a fourth season coming soon. Meanwhile Marvel shows with interwoven stories on Netflix like ‘Luke Cage’, ‘Jessica Jones’ and ‘Daredevil’ have seen success. When asked if ABC’s Marvel series would go the same route, Dungey responded “ we have talked a little bit about that, yes.”
Here is an idea. Jedi Master Yoda in a hilarious sitcom where he opens up a yogurt shop with comedic results. Yeah, I know bad idea.