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Earlier this week, Nickelodeon officially the green light The Patrick Star show, a new spin-off of the beloved classic animated series Sponge Bob SquarePants.

The new show will be a family sitcom centered around a young Patrick Star. The first season of The Patrick Star show will include 13 episodes.

Bill Fagerbakke will continue to voice Patrick in the spin-off. He will be joined by new actors like Tom Wilson as Cecil Star, Cree Summer as Bunny Star, Jill Talley as Squidina Star and Dana Snyder as GrandPat Star.

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“Nickelodeon dives deeper into Bikini Bottom to give fans a glimpse of our adorable young adult Patrick Star and his entire family with a sitcom only he can imagine,” said Ramsey Naito, president of Nickelodeon Animation, in a press release.

“This second original spin-off allows us to expand our reach, tell new stories and connect with our audiences around the world who continue to love these characters.”

Not all fans of the longtime animated series were too happy to hear that Patrick was going to have a spin-off. This news of a new show comes after Kamp Koral, the first one Sponge Bob SquarePants spin-off, premiered on Paramount Plus to a controversial reception.

Sponge Bob SquarePants Creator Stephen Hillenburg, who died in 2018, didn’t want the series to have spinoffs. In an exclusive interview with International Affairs Television, Hillenburg was asked about his stance on a SpongeBob SquarePants spinoff starring other characters.

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“The show is about SpongeBob SquarePants, he’s the centerpiece, and it’s about how he relates to other characters,” he replied. “Patrick alone is maybe a bit too much. So I don’t see any fallout.

A few months after Hillenberg’s death, Kamp Koral has been announced. Many believe that Nickelodeon went against Hillenburg’s wishes in order to get every penny out of the Spongebob franchise.

Paul Tibbitt, who worked on the show for 18 years, expressed his feelings about the Kamp Koral Twitter fallout:

Caius robertson created a petition urging Nickelodeon to cancel the Kamp KoraI am derivative. He wrote: “Hillenburg has touched the hearts of many people with his cartoon, which unfortunately is nothing more than a slot machine for Nickelodeon and Viacom.

Kamp Koral is an insult to the love and care that Stephen put in the series and the original characters, ”he added. “To disregard his wishes and create this series only 6 months after his death is simply deplorable. “

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The petition to cancel the remake currently has 5,789 signatures.

The Patrick Star show is currently set to First aired on Nickelodeon, then available to stream on Paramount Plus. The series is slated to air in the summer of 2021.

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