SP0NGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, a new animated series which is being produced at theBurbank Nicktoons Studio, will premiere on Nickelodeon on July 17 at 10:00am ET/PT in the USA, becoming Nickelodeon's first original Saturday morningcartoon. A preview of the cartoon appeared on Nickelodeon on May 1, andreceived a 6.3 rating and a 25 share when it was watched by 6.9 millionviewers. The cartoon features the adventures of SpongeBob, a hopelesslyoptimistic and earnest sea sponge whose good intentions often lead to badresults in his underwater world. Creator and executive producer SteveHillenburg (ROCKO'S MODERN LIFE, THE GREEN BERET, WORMHOLES) studied artand marine biology before earning a degree from Cal Arts in ExperimentalAnimation. Soon you will be able to visit Nick.com for more informationabout the series.