Rick McCallum, co-producer of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, had this to say about the upcoming TV series:
...McCallum confirmed that the TV series (and future DVD sets) will take place during the 20-year time period between EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH and EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE. He also said the show would reveal how certain characters ended up together, he didn’t get into specifics about which characters though. He might’ve been talking about Han and Chewie or Jabba the Hutt and Boba Fett, but at this point its all speculation. Previous reports indicated the TV series would follow the exploits of lesser-known characters in the STAR WARS universe, so only time will tell on the validity of this bit of news. Finally, McCallum explained that the TV series would chronicle the younger years of Luke Skywalker. The plan is for the show to start production next year (after Lucas finishes his work on the new INDIANA JONES flick) and will have 100 hours of material produced. No details about what network the show will call home, or if it would be a syndicated series (ala STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION and BABYLON 5).
About the next rerelease of the movies... Dude, 3D?
Anyway, if the TV series has the heart of the Clone Wars cartoons, I'm psyched. There are a lot of good stories that can take place in the gap between Episodes III and IV. Obviously they can show the early years of the Rebel Alliance. They can show Vader tracking down leads on surviving Jedi. They can show Han and Lando as teens or twenty-somethings getting into trouble. They can show cute parallel stories about Luke and Leia growing up. They can show Obi-Wan continuing to act covertly as a Jedi. And the ass-clowns who like Boba Fett can have him too.
But they can really, really eff this up.