A famous director will helm the new show’s first episode and a young star has been cast as young Sheldon. But not everything about the series is new.
An origins story for a beloved character:
The TV hit show The Big Bang Theory has a spinoff in the works. It’s been confirmed that the new show will focus on the upbringing of Jim Parson’s character Sheldon.
The series stars young Iain Artmitage as Sheldon Cooper and Parson as the narrator, is titled “Young Sheldon.” It’s set to begin airing this coming season.
Artmitage, 9, is a rising star, having appeared in Steve Harvey’s Big Shots, and he’s currently starring on “Big Little Lies” alongside mega stars such as Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley.
The show will be a comedy, according to CBS. It will have a similar tone to “Malcolm In The Middle,” which is also a show about a young boy who constantly outsmarts his parents. It will be set during the childhood of Parsons’ character on the original series, and it’s also created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, the Big Bang Theory creators.
The main plot of the show is Sheldon is living with his family in Texas and attending high school. It’s not mentioned whether other Big Bang characters will feature in the show in a younger form.
An acclaimed director at the helm:
The first episode will be directed by Jon Favreau, who created Disney’s CGI hit The Jungle Book and the Marvel studios precursor Iron Man.
Steve Molaro, will write the show. He has previously confirmed that the original Big Bang Theory will come to an end in the next season. He said to the Hollywood Reporter: “I’m going to move forward along with Chuck that ten is the end unless we’re told otherwise.”
The Big Bang Theory has been nominated for 29 Primetime Emmy Awards and won eight, including three Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Awards for Jim Parsons in 2010, 2011 and 2014.
Young Sheldon’s air date has not yet been announced.