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Nickelodeon Caps SpongeBob SquarePants’ 10th Anniversary Celebration with New Season Pick Up Order

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 15 — Punctuating the celebration of the series’ 10th anniversary, Nickelodeon has green-lit 26 new, original episodes of the hit series SpongeBob SquarePants, it was announced today by Brown Johnson, President, Animation, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids & Family Group. The new order will bring the total number of episodes for the series to 178, and will feature the original voice cast including Tom Kenny as SpongeBob, Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick, Rodger Bumpass as Squidward, Clancy Brown as Mr. Krabs and Carolyn Lawrence as Sandy Cheeks.

“After a decade on our air, SpongeBob has emerged as one of the most beloved and popular characters in television history,” said Johnson. “Audiences of all ages have fallen in love with this show and we’re delighted to be serving up additional original episodes to our viewers for many years.”

The announcement comes on the heels of the star-studded SpongeBob “Truth or Square” 10th anniversary special that drew 7.7 million total viewers on Nov. 6, ranking as basic cable’s number-one entertainment show for the week. In 2009, SpongeBob SquarePants drew more than 75 million viewers monthly and currently ranks as the number-one animated series with kids 2-11 as it has for more than seven consecutive years. The show is seen in 171 markets in 26 languages and is the most widely distributed property in MTV Networks’ history.

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