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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Turner has acquired the broadcasting rights to all current (and a few future) Star Wars movies.
  • Showrunner Dave Filoni goes in-depth on the Star Wars Rebels season 2 finale.
  • Katee Sackhoff‘s Star Wars: The Clone Wars character is returning.
  • An update on Amy Hennig‘s Star Wars video game.
  • Ahsoka voice actress Ashley Eckstein will read the audiobook of the upcoming Star Wars: Ahsoka novel.
  • Preview DK’s two new Star Wars books.
  • The known history of Lando Calrissian, post-Return of the Jedi.
  • New Han Solo comic book covers.
  • Every Easter egg in Star Wars: The Clone Wars season one.
  • Star Wars Battle Pod now has a level inspired by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • And more!

In a major move that reportedly cost $200 million, Turner has secured the domestic rights to air every Star Wars movie. Specifically, the deal inked between Turner and Disney gives the broadcaster “linear basic cable and companion ad-supported on-demand rights” to all but the original 1977 Star Wars (which Turner acquired through a separate deal with Fox). In other words, you can expect to see the prequel trilogy, the original trilogy, and (eventually) Star Wars: The Force Awakens in regular rotation on TNT. The deal also includes the rights to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the next three (unreleased and untitled) movies. Here’s the official statement from Deborah K. Bradley, executive vice president of networks optimization, content strategy and commercialization for Turner:

The Star Wars movies and characters are beloved across generations, captivating audiences and breaking box office records around the globe for nearly four decades. Through this deal, TNT and TBS will be the exclusive basic cable home of one of the most iconic, enduring and valuable movie franchises of all time, giving viewers the chance to watch this amazing collection from the very beginning.

The Force Awakens won’t air until early 2018, but the first six movies will premiere on TNT as part of a six-day marathon. Here’s the full schedule:

Tuesday, Sept. 20
8 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
11 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

Wednesday, Sept. 21
8 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
11:05 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

Thursday, Sept. 22
8 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
11:05 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

Friday, Sept. 23
8 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: A New Hope
10:45 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: A New Hope

Saturday, Sept. 24
10:45 a.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
1:45 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
4:55 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
8 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
10:45 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Sunday, Sept. 25
5:15 a.m. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
8:15 a.m. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
11:20 a.m. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
2:25 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: A New Hope
5:10 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
8 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
11 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
2 a.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

Despite the Turner news grabbing headlines let’s not pretend that Star Wars being on television is a new thing. After all, there were six seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which means we’ll probably get five sequels to this video that collects seemingly every noteworthy Easter egg from the first season of this beloved show.

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And then there is Star Wars Rebels, which is set to premiere its third season later this month. But showrunner Dave Filoni is still addressing questions about the second season and this lengthy interview with StarWars.com is a must-read for fans of the show. The focus here is on the season two finale and I found Filoni’s statement on whether or not Maul was intended to be a Dark Side version of Yoda during his encounter with Ezra:

There is a bit of that. I intentionally wrote some of his dialogue to reflect Yoda. Ezra is faced with many challenges and he thinks power will solve everything. In that way, he almost draws Maul to him. Of course, Maul has a purpose for Ezra, too. The idea that he would want to possess Ezra, to me, was very easy to understand and more sinister than just, “I want power.” When the Emperor [said], “You, like your father, are now mine,” in Return of the Jedi, that terrified me as a kid. The idea of the possession of a father and a son was really scary to me. I wanted to capitalize on that idea — that Ezra, in his quest for power, would succumb to the allure of this more powerful figure and the promise of power.

He also spoke about the decision to blind Kanan and his this reflects his choices so far and how it will change him moving forward:

Kanan’s an incomplete Jedi. As much as we have to track Ezra’s ascension, we have to parallel Kanan’s own wisdom and what he’s learning. Kanan’s hesitations this year, his reluctance to embrace the rebellion, and his unwillingness to commit to what they could gain out of the Temple all point to him not embracing leadership like he should. He doesn’t trust himself enough yet. So, the blinding of Kanan really is symbolic in that he can’t see what the right thing to do is. He can’t see what he has to offer Ezra. It’s a constant problem for Kanan, so we take that one ability away.

It has affected our storytelling, but not in the ways that people would think. There’s a lot of thought that’s gone into what does it mean for him to be blind and how he would react to that. People think, ‘Oh, but the Force will allow him to do things.’ The Force is not a super power. It doesn’t work that way. It’s a matter of what you’re willing to believe. I think the story that we tell with Kanan and his blindness is simple — you are as limited as you allow yourself to be. You’re going to be able to see if you believe you can see and this can open up new things you couldn’t see before. There’s an important character that Kanan will meet in Season Three that is going to help change his perception.

You can read the whole thing at the link above.

Katee Sackhoff may be best known for playing Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica, but she also has a role in the Star Wars universe, having lent her voice to the Mandalorian warrior Bo-Katan on Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Now, Sackhoff has revealed that Bo-Katan will play a role in season three of Star Wars Rebels, which will tie up a few loose ends from that series and further strengthen the connection between the two shows.

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Since we’re already talking about familiar voices popping up in new places, it looks like Ahsoka Tano voice actress Ashley Eckstein will read the audiobook version of the upcoming young adult novel Star Wars: Ahsoka. Considering how closely Eckstein is tied to this character (and considering the fact that she’s pretty darn good at bringing life to characters using only her voice), this seems like a canny move. Here’s how the book is described:

Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars, and before she re-appeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally, her story will begin to be told. Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa, and the Rebel Alliance.

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