It seems that George Lucas is preparing to sally forth with another Star Wars television series. This time, a sit-com! WTF?
Featuring creative involvement from Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, creators and executive producers of the Emmy and Annie Award-winning Robot Chicken, as well as writing from The Daily Show‘s Brendan Hay, the series will look at the Saga’s characters with a playful and irreverent tone. The series will be produced by Daytime Emmy and Gemini Award-winner Jennifer Hill (The Backyardigans), and directed by Emmy-nominated Todd Grimes (Back at the Barnyard).
Playful and irreverent tone? The Backyardigans *and* Back at the Barnyard?
No, just no. George, stop now. I used to cynically joke that everything you’ve done related to the Star Wars franchise since the release of Return of the Jedi has been nothing more than a money grab, but now I’m really starting to believe it. Are you really that devoid of new ideas that you have to keep going back to the well that ran dry years ago?
Seth Green is awesome, and Robot Chicken is great fun in limited doses, but an entire series à-la-mechanical-fowl?
Robot Chicken collaborator Senreich says:
“We’re going to pull back the curtain of some of those behind-the-scenes shenanigans.”
Well, sometimes the only thing behind the curtain are dust bunnies and dirty underwear, and they aren’t that interesting and really shouldn’t be trotted out for the masses.
The Clone Wars works as a television series because it fits within the framework of the prequels. To be honest, the series is what the prequels should have been, rich characters and diverse stories against a epic backdrop that builds on the pre-existing narrative. Fans always had questions about what happened during those years, and Clone Wars is a great response.
I can’t imagine anyone wanting to know what happens in Mos Eisley’s Cantina when Han wasn’t shooting up the joint. Much less joking about it.
Frankly, this just stinks. If you want to do something like this, then make an hour long comedic documentary and add it onto the BlueRay release that we all know is coming. Or better yet, start looking at the novels that have been written over the years. There are a wealth of great concepts for a television series (I vote for anything involving Grand Admiral Thrawn myself).
But a sit com???
PS. Han shot first!