In 2003, Spike launched a late night, Adult Swim-style animation block, anchored by Pamela Anderson's Stripperella and a new, more sexually graphic version of the Nickelodeon classic The Ren & Stimpy Show called Ren & Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon. Executives from Spike approached Stephen Hillenburg to make a similarly ribald SpongeBob for adults only, but he outright refused, even though Nickelodeon had final say. The network agreed with him and refused to sell the rights, preventing the world from seeing SpongeBob and Sandy (or maybe SpongeBob and Patrick) getting freaky.

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