Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Culture | By Henry Herrera

'The Big Bang Theory' spinoff 'Young Sheldon' greenlit by CBS

'The Big Bang Theory' spinoff 'Young Sheldon' greenlit by CBS

Fellow Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady is not attached to the prequel series.

CBS has skipped the pilot stage for its "Big Bang Theory" spinoff "Young Sheldon" and is going straight to series with the show.

The half-hour, single-camera comedy stars Iain Armitage (who can now be seen on HBO's Big Little Lies) as the boy genius, along with Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Raegan Revord and Montana Jordan.

Favreau, a director comfortable working on the big screen as well as the small, serves as executive producer and director of the first episode. Lance Barber will be playing the role of Sheldon's father George, and his siblings will be played by Raegan Revord and Montana Jordan. Zoe Perry will play Sheldon's mother, originally played by Perry's own mother, Laurie Metcalf.

Unlike its predecessor, Young Sheldon will not be shot like a live sitcom. Revord and Jordan will play his twin sister and older brother, respectively. Jim Parsons will narrate, Wonder Years-style, as grown-up Sheldon. It will focus on his life while living in Texas as a child.

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The Young Sheldon series pickup comes as the pricey contracts for the seven lead stars of Big Bang expire at the end of its current 10th season.

A two-season renewal of The Big Bang Theory is imminent.

Is "Young Sheldon" a good idea?

In a Monday press statement, CBS confirmed that it ordered "Young Sheldon" to series.

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