A long-running gag on Big bang Theory is now going to be its own series. Sheldon’s now-legendary mother issues are going to be explained in what we expect to be laborious detail, and I mean that in more ways than one. Yesterday, Entertainment Weekly reported that CBS has ordered Young Sheldon, and the production team and cast is already in place.
The series will follow Sheldon at nine years old — so, when he’s in high school. Iain Armitage of Big Little Lies will play Sheldon, but the series will be narrated by adult Sheldon himself, Jim Parsons. I imagine this is going to be something like how How I Met Your Mother was just one really long, drawn out story told to a couple kids, but on a whole other level. It’ll be guaranteed to have a better ending, too.
For the role of Sheldon’s mother, the team is keeping it in the family. She’ll be played by Zoe Perry, the daughter of the actress who plays Sheldon’s mother in Big Bang Theory, Laurie Metcalf. Parsons will be on as co-producer in addition to his role as narrator, and Jon Favreau is on as director and executive producer for the premiere. I’m guessing there’s no reason to call it a pilot — not much point in doing a trial run of a series based on what’s been top-rated comedy on network TV for quite a while now.
Here’s one thing we don’t know — whether CBS will air it on the network or use it to bolster CBS All Access, their subscription-based TV service. We’d think not with how much hit potential Young Sheldon has, but then again, if Star Trek is boldly going there, why wouldn’t you have Sheldon join it?
Via Entertainment Weekly
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