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2013-12-05 12:25:54

SpongeBob is First-Ever Animated Character to Participate in eBay's Celebrity Program NEW YORK, Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants celebrates a new milestone by becoming the first animated character on eBay Celebrity. From now through Dec. 7, fans have the opportunity to bid on limited-edition experiences and SpongeBob-themed memorabilia autographed by series creator Stephen Hillenburg. Items include a signed copy of the SpongeBob SquarePants pilot...

2012-11-20 16:27:43

NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nickelodeon brings in the holiday cheer with the release of SpongeBob SquarePants Don't Be a Jerk It's Christmas!, a digital e-book, available now, and limited-edition hard cover print edition available exclusively on NickShop.com. This brand-new holiday book takes readers on a festive romp through Bikini Bottom, set to the lyrics of the hit song, "Don't Be A Jerk - It's Christmas," co-written by Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob) and Andy Paley (Blondie,...

2012-11-08 12:25:51

NEW YORK, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for the holidays, Nickelodeon and Sony Music Entertainment's (SME) release It's a SpongeBob Christmas! Album. This brand-new-full-length album features 11 tracks of original holiday-themed music, featuring four songs from the upcoming SpongeBob SquarePants special "It's A SpongeBob Christmas!," like "Santa Has His Eye On Me" and the timeless Bikini Bottom classic, "Don't Be a Jerk (It's Christmas)," as well as seven brand new compositions...

2012-10-31 19:21:16

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nickelodeon celebrates the holidays with its first full-length stop-motion animated special, It's A SpongeBob Christmas!, premiering on Nickelodeon Sunday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT), following its CBS television premiere (11/23). It's A SpongeBob Christmas! was inspired by the classic Rankin/Bass specials (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town) and the popular SpongeBob song released in 2009, "Don't Be a Jerk (It's...

2011-01-03 11:24:00

BURBANK, Calif., Jan. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Nickelodeon, the number-one kids' brand and largest producer of television animation in the world, has picked up a ninth season of the hit animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, it was announced today by Brown Johnson, President, Animation, Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group. The network is adding 26 episodes to the series, which ranks as the top animated program with kids and tweens in 2010, that will roll out in 2012, including the...

2009-12-15 10:43:00

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Punctuating the celebration of the series' 10th anniversary, Nickelodeon has green-lit 26 new, original episodes of the hit series SpongeBob SquarePants, it was announced today by Brown Johnson, President, Animation, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids & Family Group. The new order will bring the total number of episodes for the series to 178, and will feature the original voice cast including Tom Kenny as SpongeBob, Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick, Rodger Bumpass as...

2009-10-13 11:54:00

BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Nickelodeon culminates the 10th anniversary celebration of pop-icon and top-rated kids' series SpongeBob SquarePants with the premiere of "Truth or Square" a star-studded one-hour prime time television event airing on Friday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). Celebrity guest stars Rosario Dawson, Craig Ferguson, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, LeBron James, P!nk, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and Robin Williams appear as themselves in live-action sequences...

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2009-07-17 22:25:31

SpongeBob SquarePants creator Steve Hillenburg admits he never expected his animated sea-dwelling characters to become pop-culture phenomena. Nickelodeon is celebrating the series' 10th anniversary with a marathon of special programming this weekend. It's a show about a sponge -- I thought we'd get one season, Hillenburg, a former marine biologist, told USA Today. We've been lucky. ... We were just trying to make something we'd want to watch and laugh at. You kind of knew it was special,...

2009-06-25 17:34:42

Nickelodeon says it plans to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its iconic show SpongeBob SquarePants with a documentary and cartoon marathon. The animated series debuted on the network July 17, 1999. To commemorate the popular show's 10th anniversary, Nickelodeon said it is planning the Ultimate SpongeBob SpongeBash Weekend, set to air July 17-19. The 50-hour programming event will be presided over by Nickelodeon character Patchy the Pirate and will include 11 SpongeBob premieres and a Top-10...

2009-06-24 08:53:00

July Anniversary Marked by Original One-Hour Documentary on VH1; TV Marathon Featuring 11 Brand-New SpongeBob Premieres; Extensive Digital Content; and Pro-Social Initiative BURBANK, Calif., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- On July 17, 1999SpongeBob SquarePants premiered on Nickelodeon and signaled the birth of a series and character that would become one of the most beloved and popular in television history. To commemorate SpongeBob's 10th anniversary, Nickelodeon is giving its fans the "Ultimate...