Spongebob is heading to CBS All Access next year. Kamp Koral, a previously announced spin-off of the hit Nickelodeon series, is moving to the streaming service with a debut set for 2021. This comes as part of CBS' broader strategy, which will see them rebranding the service next year. As part of that, the company has also added a selection of other shows from the network.
Kamp Koral will be the first spin-off in the long history of SpongeBob SquarePants. It will focus on SpongeBob and his friends as they head to sleep-away camp. The group will spend their time building underwater campfires, catching jellyfish and swimming in Lake Yuckymuck at the craziest camp in the kelp forest. The series was originally announced last summer. The pickup comes as CBS All Access will be rebranded, presumably to help it compete more aggressively in a marketplace that is flooded with streaming services, thanks to HBO Max, Disney+, Peacock and others entering the fold.
In addition to the upcoming prequel series, CBS All Access will also be getting Avatar: Last Airbender, Rugrats and all prior seasons SpongeBob SquarePants. The service recently added a total of 3,500 TV episodes to its library to beef up its offerings. This also includes hits from Comedy Central, MTV, BET, TV Land and VHI. Marc DeBevoise, Chief Digital Officer, ViacomCBS and President & Chief Executive Officer, ViacomCBS Digital, had this to say.
"Today marks the beginning of an exciting evolution of CBS All Access into the subscription streaming home for ViacomCBS and a preview of what's to come. As the first network to market with a branded direct-to-consumer service more than five years ago, we have the advantage and experience of building it from the ground up, establishing distribution points across all major platforms, creating a service with high user engagement and low churn, and crafting a robust slate of exclusive originals from which we continue to build."
It is not yet known what the rebranding of CBS All Access will include but a new name is coming. Aside from the recently added shows, it is expected that the service will add a total of 30,000 episodes of TV and movies in the coming months. At present, the service goes for $5.99 per month with ads or $9.99 without ads. That is roughly in line with what NBCUniversal is charging for Peacock.
We recently learned that The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, the upcoming movie within the franchise, will be making its debut on premium VOD early next year. It will then exclusively stream on CBS All Access afterward. The movie had originally been set for a theatrical run. Unfortunately, with theaters closed down, that became a difficult prospect. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details on Kamp Koral, such as a firm release date, are made available. This news was previously reported by The Wrap.