January 3, 2011 / 9:10 PM / 9 years ago

"SpongeBob SquarePants" renewed for ninth season

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - “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.

SpongeBob has been the No. 1 animated series for kids 2-11 for 10 straight years. It 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. There is also Eugene Krabs, a crab who owns the Krusty Krab restaurant and his archenemy, Sheldon Plankton.

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