CBS is looking to keep its #1 television show going - with a twist.
The network is currently developing a spinoff of The Big Bang Theory that will center around a young version of Jim Parsons' Sheldon Cooper. The comedy comes from Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, the same creative team behind The Big Bang Theory, and showrunner Steve Molaro.
Insiders describe the project as Malcolm in the Middle but with a young and potentially teenage version of Sheldon. None of the original cast will return, but actor Jim Parsons will executive produce the new series.
No further details are available at this time.
The Big Bang Theory is in its tenth season on CBS and is the #1 scripted comedy on network television. The show's cast are currently in the process of negotiating new contracts for a more then likely eleventh season and beyond.
"We are very confident that everyone involved wants more Big Bang past year 10 and I know Warner Bros. will make those deals," CBS president Glenn Geller told reporters in August at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour.
The last time contract negotiations took place back in 2014, series stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco secured about $1-Million per half-hour with an increased cut of the show's backend from 0.25 percent to 1.25 percent.
The Big Bang Theory has yet to be renewed past Season 10 at the time of this writing.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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