Good news Patrick! The very popular animated series, SpongeBob SquarePants, has been picked up for another season of 26 installments.
SpongeBob SquarePants follows the adventures of a good-natured sponge (Tom Kenny) and his friends who live in the undersea community of Bikini Bottom. The show also features the voices of Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Carolyn Lawrence, Clancy Brown, Lori Alan, Mary Jo Catlett, Doug Lawrence, and Dee Bradley Baker.
Having recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, SpongeBob continues to be one of the most popular shows in kids television, is seen in 171 markets, and is translated into 26 languages. It’s reportedly the most widely-distributed property in the history of the MTV Networks. In addition to being very popular with kids ages 2-11, adults and teens also make up a large percentage of the show’s audience.
What makes SpongeBob so popular? Nickelodeon’s president, Cyma Zarghami, recently told The News, “There are a bunch of different theories about SpongeBob. You can’t dismiss the fact that it is a creatively excellent property. It’s a character of good, positive energy. It came at a time when people wanted something more positive.”
The newest round of installments will bring the show’s episode count to 178 and will see SpongeBob and his pals through the 2010-11 season.
Brown Johnson, Nickelodeon’s president of animation, said, “After a decade on our air, SpongeBob has emerged as one of the most beloved and popular characters in television history. 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.”
What do you think? Have you ever watched SpongeBob SquarePants? If so, how do you think it compares with other animated kids shows? Should it continue or would you cancel it?
Image courtesy Nickelodeon.