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Nickelodeon eyeing new SpongeBob SquarePants spinoff series 'The Patrick Star Show'

By Josh Weiss
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What's lazy, pink, and lives under a rock? If you said Patrick Star, you'd be correct! We only bring it up because Deadline brings word that Nickelodeon is developing a spinoff series based around SpongeBob's dim-witted neighbor and best friend, voiced by Bill Fagerbakke. Hailing from the main SquarePants creative team, The Patrick Star Show (as it's currently titled) is expected to receive a 13-episode order from the kid-friendly network. Voice recording for the project is said to have already commenced.

Taking inspiration from classic programs like The Larry Sanders Show and Comedy Bang Bang!The Patrick Star Show will adopt a late-night talk show format that opens the door for an exploration of Patrick and his family (Janet and Marty need not apply). While Fagerbakke will be joined by a mostly-new voice cast, established SpongeBob characters (performed by the usual cast members like Tom Kenny, Carolyn Lawrence, and Clancy Brown) will pop in for sporadic guest appearances.

This is the second SpongeBob spinoff series ordered by Nick. The first was Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years, a prequel show that is scheduled to premiere on CBS All Access in early 2021. The franchise's third feature-film, Sponge on the Run, also arrives on the subscription streaming platform at the start of next year. It was originally supposed to open in theaters, but Paramount was forced to pivot in the wake of the movie theater shutdown caused by COVID-19.

SpongeBob SquarePants empire celebrated its 21st anniversary back in May. Its creator, Stephen Hillenburg, sadly passed away from complications relating to ALS in 2018. Fagerbakke is known for his live-action roles on ABC's Coach and CBS' How I Met Your Mother.