He will have a contract for 100 episodes and Rick hopes it will be extend to 400, maybe with Expanded Universe characters after the first 100.
ROFL ... dream on Rick. A normal TV season is about 22 eps, so 400 episodes would be 18 years
which is almost as long as Star Trek TNG, DS9
Frankly I'll be surprised if the show makes it to 50 eps, considering it will probably suck balls, Lucasfilm's money and clout will sustain it far beyond its natural lifespan, and it will be cancelled halfway thru the second season.
I just don't have much faith that they will be able to translate "the Star Wars experience" (for lack of a better term) to the running time/structural constraints of the TV format and to the comparatively tiny budgets that come with it. All the live-action footage will be shot on the backlot or in the Vancouver woods a la SG-1
, the CG animation will look like something cranked out by trained monkeys on a Commodore 64, and without the location shooting and "wow" SFX to distract from and buoy the crappy writing (especially if George has too direct of a hand in it) the whole enterprise will crash and burn faster than the recent Trek
abortion of the same time.
...Not that I'm pessimistic or anything.