Things are moving forward on the planned spinoff of The Big Bang Theory over at CBS.
Currently, the network is looking to set the show's core cast and is looking to young Iain Armitage to fill the part of a young Sheldon Cooper - the role made famous on The Big Bang Theory by Jim Parsons, who will serve as an executive producer on the new show.
Additionally, Zoe Perry is in talks to play Sheldon’s mother, Mary Cooper. Interestingly, on The Big Bang Theory that role was filled by Perry’s real-life mother, Laurie Metcalf. The actress has appeared in numerous episodes over the show's ten seasons and she was even nominated for an Emmy for the role.
The network is also said to have a frontrunner in place to play Sheldon’s father, but the deal is not done. Both CBS and Warner Bros. Television have declined to comment on the casting and development of the new series, which will simply be entitled Sheldon.
Showrunner Steve Molaro wrote the pilot script. Should the show move forward, he will serve as an executive producer alongside Parsons and Big Bang Theory creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady.
But that's not the only news surrounding the popular sitcom that has broke recently.
As negotiations continue for a two year renewal of The Big Bang Theory, it has been revealed that the stars of the flagship sitcom are taking a paycut so that actresses Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, who are seeking parity, will secure raises should the show move forward.
Something which seems very likely at this point.
The Big Bang Theory is the #1 primetime sitcom on television, raking in more than $1-Billion in syndication revenue and sitting as the top comedy on broadcast TV for most of its run since 2007.
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