‘The Big Bang Theory’ Spinoff ‘Young Sheldon’ Officially Ordered at CBS

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CBS has officially given a series order for “The Big Bang Theory” spinoff “Young Sheldon,” Variety has learned. The half-hour single cam, currently with an unspecified number of episodes ordered, will premiere in the 2017-18 season.

Created by Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro, the series follows “The Big Bang Theory’s” Sheldon Cooper at age 9, living with his family in East Texas and going to high school.

Jon Favreau is directing and executive producing the first episode of the series, which stars Iain Armitage as 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper — played by Jim Parsons on “Big Bang” — as well as Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Raegan Revord and Montana Jordan. Armitage is a triple-threat, starring on HBO’s “Big Little Lies” as Shailene Woodley’s on-screen son, while Jordan will make his acting debut opposite Josh Brolin in upcoming indie “The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter.” The cast was rumored to be set earlier in March.

“Big Bang” showrunner Molaro wrote the pilot script. Lorre, Molaro, Parsons and Todd Spiewak will serve as executive producers of the series, from Chuck Lorre Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Parsons will also narrate the comedy as Adult Sheldon.

As for the mothership, “Big Bang,” now in its 10th season, hasn’t been immune to the ratings erosion plaguing most series, but is still the biggest comedy by far on broadcast, and as such is being eyed for a two-season renewal at CBS, sources say. “Big Bang” star Johnny Galecki also has the multicam pilot “Living Biblically” in contention at the network.

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  1. Evie says:

    Watch that kid, Iain Armitages’ YouTube videos, and you’ll see he’s perfect for the role. I can’t wait.

  2. Occultology says:

    Does the new series begin at Sheldon Cooper’s conception, or when he slip-and-slides down the vaginal canal during his birth?

  3. Bri says:

    Does anyone remember Smart Guy on Disney Channel with Taj Mowery? Is this the same concept? Maybe it will work like that did, but also maybe not.

  4. Chris says:

    I’m excited for this! Everyone is being so critical. Give the show a chance before you complain about it. Looking forward to seeing more of Sheldon’s siblings and I’ve always wondered about his father.

  5. Laurel Lane says:

    This doesn’t interest me in the slightest. Sheldon is just slightly tolerable as an adult and surrounded by other interesting adults. Sheldon as a child without Leonard and the crew will just be insufferable.

  6. Timely Comment says:

    Bazinga! Yup– Nerdface Minstrelry: The Next Generation.

    Bless CBS’ stereotype-pandering, audience-chasing hearts…

  7. GlitchBob says:

    Great…. thanks CBS for spending money on a show that will tank hard in the ratings and eventually be cancelled. Sheldon doesn’t “work” if it’s not Jim Parsons (who’s fine acting skills have made an otherwise intolerable character, tolerable… even lovable at times) playing the role. Of course there are far better things that the network could have allotted this money towards…. like remastering DS9 and Voyager.

  8. jf@wb.com says:

    john favreau plus an unimaginative spinoff equals diminishing viewers

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