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Monday, 13 March 2017

CBS Orders Big Bang Theory Spinoff Straight To Series

CBS is moving forward with its Big Bang Theory prequel.

Today it was announced that the network had handed out a straight-to-series order for the 2017-18 broadcast season for Young Sheldon. The series will revolve around a 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper as he lives with his family in East Texas and goes to high school.

Iain Armitage will play the young version of Jim Parsons' Sheldon Cooper, with Zoe Perry taking on the role of his mother, Mary Cooper. Interestingly, Perry's real-life mother, Laurie Metcalfe, plays the character of Mary Cooper in The Big Bang Theory.

Lance Barber, Reagan Revord and Montana Jordan have also joined the cast of the show.

Iron Man director Jon Favreau is set to direct and executive produce the pilot. Jim Parsons will  narrate the comedy as Adult Sheldon, and executive produce alongside Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro, and Todd Spiewak respectively.

An official premiere date, and episode count, have not yet been determined.

The Young Sheldon series pickup comes as the pricey contracts for the seven lead stars of The Big Bang Theory expire at the end of the show's current 10th season. A new two-year deal is said to be in the works for the hit CBS sitcom, as new deals with the cast are currently being drafted. 

What do you think, Infinite Earths fans? Are you ready to check out Young Sheldon? 

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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