I've gotten probably 10 or so submissions regarding the placement of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie in the episode guide here at TV.com. Because of that I thought I would address the issue so that everyone would know why the movie is placed where it is currently placed.
First and foremost, TV.com standards are to have episode guides listed in air date order (as opposed to production order). As such, when Cartoon Network FINALLY aired the movie on November 20, 2010 that is where the movie was placed in the guide.
I realize that this places the movie smack dab in the middle of the series' third season but it is technically when the movie premiered on TV.
A case could be made that the movie actually premiered in August of '08 (which it did). However, this is TV.com and not Movie.com (is that actually a website?? hmmm...) and so the air date for the movie should reflect when the movie premiered on television.
Originally, when the movie hadn't yet premiered on TV, the movie was listed in the episode guide as episode 0. The problem with this was that the 'Preview Special' episode(that aired a week before the show's official premiere) was listed as episode 0.
I've thought about changing the episode number for the 'Preview Special' but I'm not sure where it should be placed in the guide then. Suggestions are more than more than welcome.
Basically, I want you guys to be able to help run this guide the way that you want to run this guide. As much as possible. If every freakin' single one of you want the movie as episode 0 (or some other solution or something) than that's what we'll do. I'm not trying to seem like a jerk by putting the movie where it's currently at, I'm just trying to please everyone.
So, suggestions, comments, concerns, etc. Let me know.