Nickelodeon Culminates SpongeBob's 10th Anniversary Celebration with Star-Studded Prime Time TV Event SpongeBob SquarePants 'Truth or Square' Premiering Friday, Nov. 6 at 8:00 p.m.

Tue Oct 13, 2009 12:54pm EDT

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Nickelodeon Culminates SpongeBob's 10th Anniversary Celebration with
Star-Studded Prime Time TV Event SpongeBob SquarePants 'Truth or Square'
Premiering Friday, Nov. 6 at 8:00 p.m.
Rosario Dawson, Craig Ferguson, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, LeBron
James, P!nk, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Robin Williams Appear in Hour-Long
Special Featuring Never-Before-Seen SpongeBob Flashbacks, Plus Cee-Lo Green
Performs All-New Opening Theme Song

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 throughout the special, which follows
SpongeBob and the Bikini Bottom gang as they reminisce through a series of
original, never-before-seen flashbacks.  Ricky Gervais narrates the special
and Cee-Lo Green (Gnarles Barkley) performs a cover of the SpongeBob theme
song to an all-new stop-motion opening title sequence.

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"Over the past decade, SpongeBob has become one of the most beloved characters
in television history," said Brown Johnson, President, Animation, Nickelodeon
and MTVN Kids and Family Group.  "And we're excited to cap off the year's
celebration with this star-studded special anniversary event."

"Truth or Square" finds SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward and Mr. Krabs
accidentally locked inside the Krusty Krab's giant freezer on the day of the
restaurant's big "eleventy seventh" anniversary celebration.  As they crawl
through the complex ventilation system trying to escape, the friends look back
on shared memories through never-before-seen flashback moments.  Highlights
include SpongeBob's first visit to the Krusty Krab as a baby, a vintage Krusty
Krab TV commercial, how SpongeBob found his beloved pineapple house and the
time that SpongeBob and Sandy got married!

The special is hosted by Patchy the Pirate, President of the SpongeBob Fan
Club (Encino Chapter), who sets off for Burbank, Calif. hoping to finally meet
his long-time idol, SpongeBob, and ask him to be the guest of honor on his
television special.  While trying to track down SpongeBob, Patchy also pursues
SpongeBob's celebrity fans and tries to persuade them to also appear on the
big show.

To celebrate this on-air event, a dedicated SpongeBob category will be
available on Nickelodeon VOD during the months of October and November that
will include a two-minute sneak-peek of "Truth or Square" in October.  The
event will be fully simulcasted on Nickelodeon Mobile.

Over the last 10 years, the porous brainchild of creator Steve Hillenburg has
grown from a single Saturday morning kids' show to a certified pop culture
maverick.  Since its launch in July 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has emerged as
a pop culture phenomenon drawing more than 100,000,000 total viewers every
quarter across all Nickelodeon Networks, and has been the number-one animated
program with Kids 2-11 for more than eight consecutive years on Nickelodeon. 
The show is seen in 171 markets in 26 languages and is the most widely
distributed property in MTV Networks' history.

SpongeBob SquarePants features Tom Kenny as SpongeBob, Bill Fagerbakke as
Patrick, Rodger Bumpass as Squidward, Clancy Brown as Mr. Krabs, Carolyn
Lawrence as Sandy Cheeks and Mr. Lawrence as Plankton.

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.

Paul Tibbitt served as a director and writer on SpongeBob SquarePants for its
first three seasons and is currently executive producer.  He wrote some of the
show's most memorable episodes, such as "Ripped Pants" and "Mermaidman &
Barnacleboy."  Tibbitt was one of the co-writers and storyboard artists on The
SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.

SpongeBob SquarePants is a Nicktoons Production and is produced at the
Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif.

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