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Posted Saturday 1/05/19 at 3:04AM EST
Double Dare features a family with a same-sex couple for the first time
A recent episode included "Team Double Dads."
Posted Thursday 12/06/18 at 3:19PM EST
SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg's ashes were scattered at sea
Hillenburg, whose official cause of death was cardiopulmonary failure due to ALS, had his ashes scattered 500 yards off the coast of California.
Posted Monday 12/03/18 at 5:56PM EST
Nickelodeon makes Henry Danger its longest-running live-action sitcom
Henry Danger has been given 10 additional episodes, bringing its series total to 117 episodes. It joins The Thundermans and iCarly among Nick shows that surpassed the 100-episode mark.
Posted Saturday 12/01/18 at 12:30AM EST
SpongeBob SquarePants fans sign a petition calling for a Super Bowl halftime tribute
Source: The Daily Dot
A petition calling for a performance of "Sweet Victory" from the famous Season 2 episode "Band Geeks" in honor of the SpongeBob's late creator Stephen Hillenburg has reached nearly 150,000 signatures.
Posted Friday 11/30/18 at 4:04PM EST
Ariana Grande reunites with Victorious co-stars in her "Thank U, Next" music video
Grande's former Nickelodeon co-stars who appear in her new music video include Elizabeth Gillies, Matt Bennett and Daniella Monet.
Posted Wednesday 11/28/18 at 8:50PM EST
SpongeBob SquarePants is the rare piece of entertainment that had something to offer viewers of all ages
Source: The Atlantic
"SpongeBob was an eternal child who lived the life of a grownup, and Hillenburg found a balance between those two qualities that was endearing rather than off-putting," David Sims says in tribute to SpongeBob's late creator Stephen Hillenburg. He adds: "Each 11-minute mini-episode was loaded with clever zingers, random cutaways, and non sequiturs that could amuse older audiences, but the series was powered by gleeful energy, doughty goodwill, and a kind of unironic innocence. Although I was in high school when the show premiered, I was charmed by its willingness to swerve away from the darker, more acidic humor of the cartoons of my childhood, like Rocko and Ren & Stimpy."
Posted Tuesday 11/27/18 at 6:33PM EST
SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg's legacy lives on in countless internet memes
There's no way Hillenburg could've imagined that his cartoon creation would've united the internet when he launched SpongeBob SquarePants in 1999. "The double helix of SpongeBob and the internet is so prevalent you don't even register it," says Angela Watercutter. "Imagining the web without Hillenburg’s creation is like imagining it without Google or Facebook (where at least one post in your feed on any given day would feature SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward or another undersea character.) The show is simply part of online culture's fabric—a part that Hillenburg, who died (Monday) at age 57 after a battle with ALS, built whether he knew he was doing it or not." In the social media era, SpongeBob became the most "meme-able" TV show. "More than just a colorful and funny children’s show with that coveted ability to entertain audiences old and young, SpongeBob SquarePants was also the show that launched a thousand memes," says Madison Malone Kircher. "And then launched a thousand more." Watercutter adds: "Figuring out why the internet grew attached to SpongeBob is like trying to figure out why the internet likes (or dislikes) anything. It just happens. But something about Hillenburg's show proved irresistible to memery. The show’s characters—and its titular hero specifically—are expressive enough to communicate a mood in a single frame. The show's wholesome, if slyly subversive, tone makes recontextualizing those faces all the funnier."
- Hillenburg saw the ocean as a force for bringing us together
- SpongeBob is "the most brilliantly imagined and sustained display of surreal humor in pop-culture"
- Animators pay tribute to Hillenburg
- SpongeBob supervising director Adam Paolian: "Steve Hillenburg is the reason I've always given 110% on SpongeBob. He's been an inspiration to me since I was 7, and it was the greatest honor to work for him, my personal hero. What always inspired me most about Steve was his humble nature. Thanks for everything, Steve."
- Hillenburg was child-like, like Spongebob: It was clear that SpongeBob's naivety was an extension of Hillenburg's personality
- SpongeBob was quietly brilliant with the way it hid the profound inside the ridiculous
- Here are Minor League Baseball's best SpongeBob uniforms
- David Hasselhoff and more celebrities pay tribute to SpongeBob
Posted Tuesday 11/27/18 at 1:19PM EST
SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg dies at 57
Hillenburg died Monday following a battle with ALS after disclosing he was suffering from the disease in March 2017. A former marine biology teacher, Hillenburg combined his love of the sea and its creatures with his artistic talent to create SpongeBob, which launched on Nickelodeon in 1999 and completed its 11th season on Sunday. He also wrote and directed 2004's The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, which grossed $140 million. In announcing his disease in March 2017, Hillenburg said in a statement: “I wanted people to hear directly from me that I have been diagnosed with ALS. Anyone who knows me knows that I will continue to work on SpongeBob SquarePants and my other passions for as long as I am able. My family and I are grateful for the outpouring of love and support. We ask that our sincere request for privacy be honored during this time.” Nickelodeon said of Hillenburg's death: “He was a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family. Steve imbued SpongeBob SquarePants with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere. His utterly original characters and the world of Bikini Bottom will long stand as a reminder of the value of optimism, friendship and the limitless power of imagination.”
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 3:13PM EDT
Netflix is planning a live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series
Source: The Verge
The 2010 live-action movie based on the Nickelodeon animated series flopped under director M. Night Shyamalan. But Netflix announced today its working on a live-action series with original creators and showrunners Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. “We’re thrilled for the opportunity to helm this live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender,” the pair said in a statement. “We can’t wait to realize Aang’s world as cinematically as we always imagined it to be, and with a culturally appropriate, non-whitewashed cast. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build upon everyone’s great work on the original animated series and go even deeper into the characters, story, action, and world-building.”
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Blue's Clues gets a new host and title: Blue's Clues & You
Original Blue's Clues host Steve Burns had a hand in selecting Joshua Dela Cruz, who recently was the understudy for Aladdin on Disney Aladdin musical. He's also appeared on Bull and Time After Time. “I had the great honor of being a part of the search for the new host, and I give Josh two thumbs up! He can definitely fill my shoes, and the rugby shirt," Burns said in a statement.
Posted Tuesday 8/28/18 at 1:48PM EDT
Nicksplat streaming service to offer Nickelodeon classics
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Nick classics from Clarissa Explains It All to Doug and All That will be available on the $6-per-month standalone channel on the two-year-old video platform VRV.
Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 5:47PM EDT
LazyTown star Stefan Karl Stefansson dies after cancer battle at age 43
Source: E! Online
The puppeteer and actor, 43, rose to fame playing the villain Robbie Rotten on the Nickelodeon early 2000s kid series LazyTown. "In celebration of Stefan Karl and his contribution to the world of humor and joy of heartfelt expression that unites us all, The Stefan Karl Academy & Center for the Performing Arts will launch in 2019 in Switzerland, hosted by HIAG Immobilien," Stefansson's manager said in a statement.
Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 10:18PM EDT
Double Dare is going on a live stage tour with Marc Summers as host
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Summers will be joined by his beloved sidekick Robin Russo for the "Double Dare Live" tour that kicks off on Oct. 30 in North Carolina.
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 2:16PM EDT
Nickelodeon announces Meet The Voxels, its first virtual and augmented reality series
Source: TV Insider
The cable network says the kids' show, about a family of video game characters, "marks a first for Nickelodeon in its use of cutting-edge virtual cinema technology, including real-time full body and facial performance capture, bringing an innovative approach to immersive storytelling."
Posted Friday 7/27/18 at 1:14PM EDT
Nickelodeon renews Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and four other series
Henry Danger, Knight Squad, Hunter Street and The Dude Perfect Show also received renewals for new seasons on Nickelodeon.