Do All Celebrity Guests Belong on SpongeBob?

Nickelodeon celebrates its 10th anniversary celebration of SpongeBob SquarePants on Friday, November 6 at 8 p.m. by premiering an hour-long episode called “Truth or Square”. The show will be narrated by Ricky Gervais and will feature a new stop-motion opening sequence. To up the hipness quotient even further, the title song will be sung by Cee-Lo Green of Gnarles Barkley.

The special will feature the requisite celebrity drop-ins, including Rosario Dawson, Craig Ferguson, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, LeBron James, Pink, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and Robin Williams. (Don’t hold your breath for Michelle Obama.)

Sadly, Patchy the Pirate, who seems like he either time-warped here from a 1950’s variety show or came straight from a Chuck E. Cheese birthday party, will still perform hosting duties and talk to the guest stars.

I’m curious to see what someone like Craig Ferguson—who I think is really funny—has to say about SpongeBob. But even more I’d like to know what Nickelodeon’s kid audience has to say about Ferguson. Or Tina Fey. Or Ricky Gervais. Or Rosario Dawson. Likely it’s this:  “Uh….Who’s that?”

Then you can talk to your kids about appropriate things like late night talk shows, Saturday Night Live, The Office, and Dawson’s not-at-all-kid-friendly 1995 movie Kids.

I’m all for real world celebrity guests on shows like Sesame Street. On these shows, parents are often watching, and little kids are introduced to new grown-up strangers all the time. But for a show like SpongeBob, I think it’s a little disrespectful to your audience to say, “Now pay attention to someone only your folks can relate to!”

Maybe that’s why Patch is there. (I refer to the obnoxious, boring pirate, not to the obnoxious, boring Robin Williams).

I wonder who said “no thanks” to the SpongeBob celebrity Evite? Howard Stern? Jon Gosselin? Glenn Beck? Pam Anderson? Moammar Kadafi? Still, I’m looking forward to taping the special on my DVR. (That fast-forward button is not just for commercials, you know.)

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