‘The Big Bang Theory’ Spinoff About Young Sheldon Eyed at CBS, Warner Bros. TV

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Warner Bros. TV and CBS are in the early stages of developing a spinoff of “The Big Bang Theory” that would revolve around the Sheldon Cooper character as a youth.

The project is nearing a script deal, sources tell Variety.

Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon on the flagship series, is attached to executive produce the spinoff along with Chuck Lorre and “Big Bang” showrunner Steve Molaro. “Big Bang” co-creator/exec producer Bill Prady is likely to be on board as an exec producer as well.


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Molaro will write the script focusing on Sheldon, the idiosyncratic and neurotic genius, as a youth growing up in Texas. The character’s colorful family and formative years in the Lone Star state have often been referenced on “Big Bang Theory.” Laurie Metcalf earned an Emmy nomination this year for her recurring guest star role as Sheldon’s mother, Mary Cooper.

CBS and Warner Bros. TV declined to comment.

“Big Bang Theory” is television’s top comedy, a major feat for a show in its 10th season. Warner Bros. and CBS are expected to begin discussions soon about a renewal deal that is anticipated to take the show through another two or three seasons. A prequel spinoff would give CBS a shot at extending the valuable “Big Bang” franchise.

Renewing “Big Bang” is an expensive investment, as the core cast members — Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco — currently make $1 million per episode for their 24-episode seasons. A new series would come with a lower cost structure but capitalize on the built-in “Big Bang” fan base.

Sources caution, though, that the follow-up series is still in very early development, just at the script stage.

Cynthia Littleton contributed to this report.

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  1. Matthew Lea says:

    I like the series and very interested in this new idea.

  2. Terra Campbell says:

    I did not watch the first 3 years of BBT. I was home sick one day and I came across the show. I watched the first 5 minutes to see if I was just judging BC I’m not “smart”.
    Don’t get me wrong. I’m just not into science too much.
    I loved it! I have watched every episode. Even reruns. I record them to watch. I have 182 episodes on my DVR to watch.Most of them are the same.

  3. Greg Lorenz says:

    They should add a “Meanwhile in Nebraska, India, wherever Leonard is from, and the Wallowitz house” for a few minutes at the end of the shows.

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