After 21 years, SpongeBob SquarePants continues to be Nickelodeon’s most popular series, which is why the channel has decided to expand the franchise with the development of a spin-off series centered on SpongeBob’s best friend, Patrick Star. This is how Deadline announces it, where they also advance that the series will be titled ‘The Patrick Star Show’.
The story shows Patrick as the host of a « late-night », nighttime comedy show format that is very popular in America. In time we’ll see other members of the Estrella family and occasional appearances from SpongeBob’s outlandish roster of characters. The first season will feature 13 episodes and a large roster of new characters, some of which will be played by Bill Fagerbakke along with his portrayal of the main character.
The concept of a SpongeBob spinoff was first announced in early 2019, when Nickelodeon’s president Brian Robbins revealed that the network was exploring potential spinoff projects from the hit series. One of these series will be ‘Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years’, a story that will function as a prequel to the original plot of the animated series that will arrive in 2021.
SpongeBob SquarePants was created by Stephen Hillenburg and first released in 1999, focusing on the aquatic adventures of his main character and his friends in the underwater city of Bikini Bottom. The series has been number one on television for the last 18 years, being a true financial powerhouse for the channel, having generated thirteen billion in revenue since 2017.
In 2004 Nickelodeon expanded the franchise beyond the small screen with « SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie, » a film that grossed $ 140 million at the worldwide box office. Back in 2015 came « SpongeBob SquarePants: A Hero Out of Water », a huge hit that raised $ 325 million and got very positive reviews. In addition, the premiere of ‘SpongeBob SquarePants: A Hero to the Rescue’ is scheduled for early 2021, the third installment of the franchise that will arrive directly on the VOD and CBS All Access platforms.