Memes circulating the Internet over the past few weeks, like the one below, have been claiming that Nickelodeon will cease production on the networks hit original animated series on Monday 17th October 2016 "after 17 years," however, a Nickelodeon representative has confirmed, via Snopes.com, that this isn't the case, saying "No, the show isn't cancelled"!
Example, collected via Facebook during October 2016: "I heard the beloved Nickelodeon TV series "Spongebob Squarepants" is being cancelled on October 17, 2016. Is this true?"
"The claim struck enough of a nostalgic chord amount social media users, many of whom grew up watching the exploits of the seafloor denizens of the Bikini Bottom, that few stopped to consider that it cited no reference," noted Snopes.com. "No articles heralded the end of the Krusty Krab era, nor did any major entertainment outlets cover the cancellation of one of the most prominent children's' shows of the last two decades. Nonetheless, viewers across the country expressed disappointment on [social media]."
Earlier this year, Nickelodeon reaffirmed its commitment to SpongeBob SquarePants by renewing the series for a 26-episode eleventh season (26x30'), before the shows tenth season had debuted! Additionally, Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures are also currently working on a third SpongeBob SquarePants theatrical movie, set to be released in 2017/2018, and Nickelodeon's critically acclaimed The SpongeBob Musical is set to open on Broadway next year!
Fans can catch brand-new episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants Fridays at 4:30pm on Nicktoons UK & Ireland and Saturdays at 10:30am ET/PT on Nickelodeon USA!
Original source: KTNV.com; Additional source: Business Wire.
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