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Posted at 7:00 PM ET, 01/27/2011

SpongeBob SquarePants: New episode debuts tonight on Facebook

By Michael Cavna

spongebook.jpg (Image: courtesy of Nickelodeon / Viacom)

One of the brightest faces on TV tonight debuts on Facebook.

The beloved and absorbent marine creature that is SpongeBob SquarePants will premiere a new episode Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on the social-networking site -- a day before it airs on Nickelodeon.

The show has a new five-episode series that the network has dubbed "The Legends of Bikini Bottom." The first episode, titled "Trenchbillies," will be shown tonight on the blue-eyed sponge's Facebook page -- -- where the show has more than 16-million "fans."

Among the "Legends of Bikini Bottom" guest-voices will be Amy Sedaris (as Ma Angler) and Ginnifer Goodwin (as Mermaid).

Since Stephen Hillenburg launched "SpongeBob" 12 years ago, the show -- which draws roughly 70-million viewers monthly -- has become the most widely distributed property in MTV Networks' history, generating more than $8-billion in worldwide retail sales.

Nickelodeon tells Comic Riffs that the episode will be up on Facebook for two weeks.

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By Michael Cavna  | January 27, 2011; 7:00 PM ET
Categories:  Geek Buzz, The Animation  | Tags:  SpongeBob SquarePants, Stephen Hillenburg. Tom Kenny  
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