Television network CBS has given the green signal for an official spin-off show to The Big Bang Theory‘s Sheldon Cooper character. Titled Young Sheldon, the comedy series will tell the story of Sheldon as a nine-year-old science prodigy, living with his family in East Texas and his life as a student in high school.
Young Sheldon will premiere in the 2017-2018 season for a number of episodes, the pilot of which has already been written by show runner, Steven Molaro. Iron Man filmmaker Jon Favreau is set to executive produce and direct the pilot episode of the series that has been created by The Big Bang Theory‘s Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady.
The actor playing the role of Young Sheldon is Iain Armitage, who is also currently starring in HBO’s Big Little Lies as the on-screen son of Divergent actress, Shailene Woodley. The series also stars Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Raegan Revord and Montana Jordan in recurring roles. Finalization for the cast was done earlier this month. And actor Jim Parsons, who plays the role of Sheldon Cooper on the hugely successful comedy series, will be the narrator relaying his own life on Young Sheldon. Lorre, Parsons, Molaro and Todd Spiewak will be the executive producers of the series in association with Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre Productions.
The Big Bang Theory is already a major hit with fans, and is now in it’s successful 10th season. As per official reports, Seasons 11 & 12 have already been finalized, and the lead cast – Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg have taken massive pay cuts so that their co-stars – Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch can get a pay raise for being such a major part of the show. In fact, the show has faced continuous success, with little to no changes in viewership over the past seasons.