'Star Wars' films land at Turner networks in exclusive deal

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'Star Wars' films land at Turner networks in exclusive deal

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2015 photo, characters from the film pose for photographers upon arrival at the European premiere of the film 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens ' in London. Turner networks TNT and TBS will be the exclusive basic-cable homes for all the “Star Wars” feature films, thanks to a multiyear deal with the films’ studios. The deal, announced Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, includes the network premieres of last year’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and the upcoming “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” opening in theaters in December. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Turner networks TNT and TBS will be the exclusive basic-cable homes for all the "Star Wars" feature films, thanks to a multiyear deal with the films' studios.

The deal, announced Wednesday, includes the network premieres of last year's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and the upcoming "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," opening in theaters in December.

The agreement with Walt Disney Studios also includes five of the six original "Star Wars" films, as well as the network television premieres of three future installments. The 1977 first film, "Star Wars: A New Hope," completes the collection through a previous arrangement with 20th Century Fox.

TNT is set to premiere "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in early 2018, followed in 2019 by this year's "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story."

The "Star Wars" canon comes to Turner's airwaves beginning next Tuesday, when TNT kicks off six consecutive nights of the original six films.

Here's the lineup (all times Eastern):

— Tuesday, Sept. 20:

8 p.m. and 11 p.m. — "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace"

— Wednesday, Sept. 21:

8 p.m. and 11:05 p.m. — "Star Wars: Attack of the Clones"

— Thursday, Sept. 22:

8 p.m. and 11:05 p.m. — "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith"

— Friday, Sept. 23:

8 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. — "Star Wars: A New Hope"

— Saturday, Sept. 24:

10:45 a.m. — "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace"

1:45 p.m. — "Star Wars: Attack of the Clones"

4:55 p.m. — "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith"

8 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. — "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. — "Star Wars: A New Hope"

5:10 p.m. — "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back"

8 p.m. and 11 p.m. — "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi"

2 a.m. — "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace"