CBS have officially ordered the proposed The Big Bang Theory spinoff show Young Sheldon, which will gain an entire season as opposed to a single tester pilot episode. Scheduled for the 2017-2018 TV season, the single-camera comedy show will document the childhood of Jim Parsons’ manic genius Sheldon Cooper, as he navigates a complex domestic landscape, aged 9.
Big Little Lies‘ Iain Armitage will portray baby Shelly, whilst Parsons himself will provide narration for the show. The Jungle Book auteur Jon Favreau will direct the pilot episode, and serve as an executive producer alongside The Big Bang Theory creators Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, Todd Spiewak, and Parsons, too. Zoe Perry and Lance Barber will play Sheldon’s parents, with Raegan Revord and Montana Jordan as his siblings.
Throughout the ten seasons of the critically-acclaimed comedy, plentiful references to Sheldon’s childhood in rural Texas have been offered, particularly regarding the cultural clashes between his scientific mind, and his deeply religious upbringing. CBS are claiming Young Sheldon will operate in a similar vein to Malcolm in the Middle; also about a boy genius amidst a ragtag family.
The spinoff is likely to run alongside Parsons’ sitcom, which has entered negotiations for a further two seasons, meanwhile Lorre’s other show, the acclaimed Mom, is also up for renewal.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter