Nickelodeon has picked up its animated series SpongeBob SquarePants for a ninth season, which will include the series' 200th episode.
The ninth season will air in 2012, making it TV's number one animated series with kids 2-11 for 10 consecutive years.
"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 Nickelodeon president Brown Johnson.
"Legends of Bikini Bottom", the next SpongeBob special, airs on January 28.
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