CBS Orders 'The Big Bang Theory' Prequel Spin-Off, 'Young Sheldon'

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Jim Parsons plays grown-up Sheldon on the network's hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory. Jim Parsons, who plays the adult Sheldon Cooper, is also on-board to executive produce the show. Instead, it will be shot with a single-camera style akin to that of Malcolm in the Middle - only with a younger Sheldon as a lead. The prequel to TV's top-rated comedy will follow the life of young Sheldon Cooper, age 9, growing up in Texas.

The son of Tony-nominated actor Euan Morton and theater producer Lee Armitage now plays Shailene Woodley's outcast son Ziggy on HBO's Big Little Lies.




This prequel would already appear to have a large amount of back story, simply because so much is already known about Sheldon Cooper's (Parsons) past - that he was raised in Texas, had a close relationship with his grandfather ("Pop-pop"), and was a child prodigy. The roles for the other cast members have not been officially revealed, but THR has Revord playing "a young version of Sheldon's twin sister Missy; Barber as George, Sheldon and Missy's father and Mary's husband; while Jordan is George Jr., Sheldon's older brother".

"The Big Bang Theory" has yet to be renewed for 2017-18, but negotiations have apparently been proceeding pretty well: CBS CEO Les Moonves told an investor conference last week that a potential two-season renewal is "on the 2-yard line". CBS is also looking to The Good Wife for its All Access spinoff, The Good Fight, and NBC is poised to launch an offshoot of The Blacklist with The Blacklist: Redemption, which will join its deep roster of Dick Wolf's Chicago spinoffs.

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