Television

'SpongeBob' gets 9th season of adventures

Popular: In 2012, Nickelodeon will air the 200th episode of the animated show "SpongeBob SquarePants."
Popular: In 2012, Nickelodeon will air the 200th episode of the animated show "SpongeBob SquarePants." (Paramount Pictures Via Associated Press)
By Philiana Ng
Tuesday, January 4, 2011

LOS ANGELES - "SpongeBob SquarePants" has been renewed for a ninth season.

Cable network Nickelodeon, which airs the popular animated children's television program, has ordered 26 episodes, which also includes the series' 200th episode.

Season 9 is scheduled to air in 2012.

"SpongeBob's success in reaching over 200 episodes is a testament to creator Stephen Hillenburg's vision, comedic sensibility and his dynamic, lovable characters," said Brown Johnson, president of animation for Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group.

The show follows the adventures of a sea sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea with his pet snail, Gary. Other characters include his best friend Patrick the sea star, their octopus neighbor Squidward and Sandy the squirrel.

"SpongeBob" has been the No. 1 animated series for kids ages 2 to 11 for 10 straight years.

- Hollywood Reporter


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