Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Nickelodeon USA Honors Actor Ernest Borgnine With 'Mermaid Man' Themed "SpongeBob SquarePants" Marathon On 11th July 2012; To Encore On NickToons USA On 14th July 2012

From Broadway World's '':
Nickelodeon Honors Ernest Borgnine With SPONGEBOB Marathon Today

Nickelodeon honors the late Ernest Borgnine with a two-hour SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS marathon featuring the actor as Mermaid Man, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (ET/PT) today, Wednesday, July 11. Borgnine voiced the character alongside his former "McHale's Navy" co-star Tim Conway, who voiced Barnacle Boy. Nicktoons also will run the special line-up from 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, July 14.

The marathon kicks off with the first episode featuring Borgnine--"Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy." While watching their favorite show, reruns of the TV duo superhero show Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, SpongeBob and Patrick hear that their beloved heroes are living in a nearby retirement home. The aging superheroes discover their toughest challenge yet will be SpongeBob and Patrick, who have decided the duo must come out of retirement.

The special programming block continues with "Mermaid Man II," "MermaidMan and Barnacle Boy III," "Superfriends," "Back to the Past," "The Bad Guy Club for Villains" and "Mermaidman Begins."

Since its launch in July 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has emerged as a pop culture phenomenon. The series has been the number-one animated program with kids 2-11 for more than 12 consecutive years on Nickelodeon; and over the past several years, it has averaged more than 100 million total viewers every quarter across all Nickelodeon networks.
Also, from C21Media:
SpongeBob marathon honours Borgnine

US cablenet Nickelodeon will today honour the passing of SpongeBob SquarePants actor Ernest Borgnine with a two-hour marathon of the evergreen series.

Ernest Borgnine

Oscar-winning Borgnine, who voiced Mermaid Man in the show, passed away on Sunday at the age of 95. In remembrance, Nick will run back-to-back episodes between 14.00 and 16.00 (ET/PT) and begins with the first Mermaid Man appeared in.

Younger-skewing Nicktoons will also run special programming on Saturday, July 14, between 10.00 and 12.00 (ET). Borgnine’s prior TV credits included starring in McCale’s Navy and Airwolf.

Jesse Whittock

GENRES: Animation, Children's
SHOWS: SpongeBob SquarePants
PEOPLE: Ernest Borgnine
COMPANIES: Nickelodeon, Nicktoons