By Mark Angelo Mañez

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Following the premiere of SpongeBob Squarepants' spin-off series Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years, Nickelodeon on Friday formally greenlit The Patrick Star Show, a new prequel series featuring Patrick Star.

The new series will have a total of 13 episodes which will debut on Nickelodeon this summer and will also see the return of Bill Fagerbakke as the dim-witted pink starfish. The show is described as "a family sitcom starring Patrick and the rest of his family as they are constantly disrupted by Patrick’s wild whims and surreal imagination."

“Nickelodeon is diving deeper into Bikini Bottom to give fans a look at our lovable young adult Patrick Star and his entire family with a sitcom only he could imagine up,” Nickelodeon Animation president Ramsey Naito said. “This second original spinoff allows us to expand our reach, tell new stories and connect with our audience around the world who continue to love these characters.” 

Here’s the official synopsis of the upcoming series:

The Patrick Star Show follows a younger Patrick Star living at home with his family, where he hosts his own show for the neighborhood from his television-turned-bedroom. His little sister, Squidina, works behind the scenes to make sure Patrick’s show is always running smoothly, while his parents, Bunny and Cecil and his grandpa, GrandPat, each support Patrick in their own hilariously absurd ways. The Star family’s unpredictable adventures often inform, integrate, and sometimes even interfere with Patrick’s TV show, but one thing is for sure: his bizarre life always makes for great television! 

Apart from Fagerbakke, the voice cast for the new show includes Tom Wilson (SpongeBob SquarePants, Back to the Future) as Patrick’s dad Cecil Star, Cree Summer (A Different World, Inspector Gadget) as Patrick’s mom Bunny Star and Grandma Tentacles, Jill Talley (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Patrick's sister Squidina Star, and Dana Snyder (The Penguins of Madagascar, Chowder) as GrandPat Star.

Additional cast members include veteran actors Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward Tentacles), Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy Cheeks), Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs), Mr. Lawrence (Plankton).

First aired on July 17, 1999, SpongeBob Squarepants has reigned as the number one animated series for kids on TV for the past 18 years. The show generated a universe filled with beloved characters, pop culture catchphrases and memes, theatrical releases, consumer products, a Tony award-winning Broadway musical and a global fan base. 

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