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Nickelodeon Greenlights Season 12 of Number-One Kids’ Series ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’

The pickup of the new season comes after the recent announcement of a third ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ feature from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies.

BURBANK, CA -- Nickelodeon announced today that SpongeBob SquarePants, the number-one animated show for kids 2–11, has been greenlit for season 12. The 26-episode pickup will further the nautical adventures of SpongeBob and his Bikini Bottom friends Patrick, Sandy, Mr. Krabs, Plankton and Squidward. Season 12 is scheduled to premiere in 2019, the series’ 20th anniversary year.

The pickup comes on the heels of the announcement for a third SpongeBob SquarePants theatrical feature from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies, also slated for 2019.

SpongeBob SquarePants, the most-watched animated program with kids for more than 15 consecutive years, will debut season 11 later this summer, and feature the return of fan favorite characters including: the mischievous pencil-drawing Doodle Bob; SpongeBob’s friend and creation Bubble Buddy; the super villain Man Ray; and Cave SpongeBob, who made his debut in season one.

SpongeBob SquarePants is voiced by veteran cast members: Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants, an incurably optimistic sea sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea; Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick Star, SpongeBob’s silly best friend; Roger Bumpass as Squidward, an aloof cashier of The Krusty Krab and SpongeBob’s neighbor; Clancy Brown as Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob’s boss and greedy owner of The Krusty Krab; Carolyn Lawrence as Sandy Cheeks, Bikini Bottom’s only resident rodent aquanaut and scientist; and Mr. Lawrence as Plankton, owner of the Chum Bucket and chief rival of Mr. Krabs.

Since 1999, many notable guest stars have voiced imaginative SpongeBob characters, including: Amy Poehler, Mark Hamill, David Bowie, Alton Brown and Johnny Depp, among others.

Viewers can visit the SpongeBob SquarePants page on Nick.com, the Nick App, the SpongeBob Facebook page and the SpongeBob Instagram account to get an exclusive look at the series. Episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants are available on Nick.com and the Nick App, along with platforms including iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu and Nick On Demand.

SpongeBob SquarePants is executive produced by creator Stephen Hillenburg, who previously worked as a writer, director and creative director on Nickelodeon’s animated series Rocko’s Modern Life. Hillenburg graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a master’s degree in experimental animation and studied marine biology and art as an undergraduate. Hillenburg created and executive produced both SpongeBob feature films, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Marc Ceccarelli and Vincent Waller are supervising producers on SpongeBob SquarePants. The series is produced at Nickelodeon in Burbank.

Source: Nickelodeon

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