SpongeBob SquarePants is about to enter his second decade in style, with Nickelodeon giving the green light to production on 26 new episodes of the popular seres.
Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the order will bring the total number of episodes in the series to 178 and will reunite the original voice cast of 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 Brown Johnson, president of animation for Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids & Family Group. ‘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 pickup comes after the tenth anniversary special Truth or Square drew 7.7 million viewers and the release of a new original holiday song ‘Don’t Be a Jerk (It’s Christmas!)’ on the SpongeBob’s Greatest Hits album.
SpongeBob SquarePants is a Nicktoons Production and is produced at the Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank.