‘SpongeBob’ Renewed for a Ninth Season

SpongeBob Squarepants (Nickelodeon)

SpongeBob Squarepants (Nickelodeon)

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Nickelodeon has picked up the kid hit “SpongeBob SquarePants” for a ninth season, the network announced Monday.

The renewal means the animated series–the No. 1 show among kids ages 2-11 for the last 10 years–will hit the notable benchmark of surpassing 200 episodes.

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“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, Animation, Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group. “The series now joins the club of contemporary classic Nicktoons that have hit this benchmark, so we’re incredibly proud.”

The ninth season featuring 26 new episodes will begin airing in 2012.

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