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'Star Wars' TV shows we'd like to see: Friday Fiver

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

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Star Wars got into quite a tizzy earlier this week when it was revealed that George Lucas had sold the rights to his blockbuster sci-fi franchise to Disney, with a new instalment in the film series already set for cinema release in 2015...

But buried amongst all this movie news was a rather intriguing prospect for telly-heads - the possibility of a new Star Wars TV series. "We really like Star Wars's potential on TV," Disney CEO Bob Iger told reporters...

So this week's Friday Fiver is a quintet of our best pitches for Disney - there's Ewoks, droids, songs and space piracy!

Bring back Droids!
One spinoff from the Star Wars movie franchise that has faded from most people's memories is Droids, an animated series that aired on ABC in the mid '80s. It followed the exploits of C-3PO and R2-D2 between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope and even featured a theme tune sung by Stewart Copeland of the Police.

We'd like to see Disney reinvent Droids as a live-action sci-fi comedy drama featuring bumbling Threepio and the snooty R2. As evidenced by our video interview below, Anthony Daniels is still very attached to his robotic counterpart - we're sure he'd sign on the dotted line!



Animated Ewoks!
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)

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Warwick Davis in Life's Too Short

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Let's not forget that Disney acquired animated innovators Pixar in 2006 - who wouldn't want to see a CGI-animated Ewoks series? Combine that traditional Pixar humour and charm with the sci-fi trappings of the Star Wars films and you're onto a winner, we reckon.

Oh, and if there's a role in there somewhere for Wicket himself, Warwick Davis, then all the better. Make it happen, Disney!

Tales of the Jedi...
The Star Wars prequel cast strike a pose.

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We think there's still plenty of material to be mined from that murky period between the prequel trilogy and the original Star Wars films - we'd definitely tune into a show that followed a band of outlaw Jedi on the run from Sith, bounty hunters and the forces of the Empire...

Our dream 'rogue Jedi' show would focus chiefly on original characters, but you could always sprinkle in the odd C-3PO or Boba Fett cameo here and there. Oh, and for extra geek points, get Ian McDiarmid back as Palpatine for the season finale.

Star Wars - The Musical
Star Wars creator and filmmaker George Lucas meets a group of "Star Wars"-inspired Disney characters at Disney''s Hollywood Studios theme park in Lake Buena Vista

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1978's Star Wars Holiday Special - a bizarre concoction consisting of musical numbers, celebrity cameos and variety-show acts on Chewbecca's home planet of Kashyyyk - is often derided by fans, but could Disney turn to this festive mishmash for inspiration?

After all, we all know that the House of Mouse isn't averse to a musical number - maybe we could see Star Wars meet Glee for a sci-fi musical extravaganza? Alright, maybe not.

Han Solo - Space Pirate
Harrison Ford (as Han Solo)

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Nathan Fillion cradles his 'teardrop of joy' for 'Favourite TV Drama Actor'.

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How's about a TV show charting the adventures of a young Han Solo as a charismatic space smuggler? Han could assemble a ragtag crew aboard his craft, to fight injustice and make a quick buck along the way.

How about Nathan Fillion to play the lead? And hot off his Avengers success, Joss Whedon seems like a natural choice for writer, right? Sounds like a hit to us...

What's that? Firefly? Never heard of it.

What do you want from a Star Wars TV series? Share your ideas below!
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