This is the deal Turner was looking for.
Through unprecedented deals with The Walt Disney Studios and 20th Century Fox, TNT and TBS have secured exclusive basic cable and ad-supported on-demand rights to the entire live-action Star Wars oeuvre as we currently know it.
The 11-film agreement includes the network premiere windows for last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the highly anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (hitting theaters Dec. 16), as well as the network-TV premieres of the next three yet-to-be-released movies, including the final two films of the new trilogy.
The Disney agreement covers five of the six original Star Wars films, while a separate deal with 20th Century Fox folds in the one that got it all started, Star Wars: A New Hope.
TNT will mark the milestone arrangement by airing the first two trilogies over six consecutive nights, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 8/7c, with The Phantom Menace, and wrapping Sunday, Sept. 25 with Return of the Jedi and a big ol’ Endor hootenanny.
The Force Awakens (which made its premium cable debut Sept. 10 on Starz) will land on TNT in early 2018, followed in 2019 by Rogue One.