Big Bang Theory Spin-Off Set for 2017 Premier

Posted March 14, 2017

Young Sheldon, CBS' upcoming The Big Bang Theory spinoff, has today received a full season order at the network. Other actors attached are Zoe Perry (who starred in the short-lived ABC drama, "The Family"), Lance Barber (who's had a recurring role on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"), Raegan Revord (who also appeared briefly in "Modern Family") and newcomer Montana Jordan. Jim Parsons, who plays the adult Sheldon Cooper, is also on-board to executive produce the show. No premiere date has yet been determined, though CBS boss Les Moonves previously suggested that the two sitcoms might be paired together on Monday nights. Parsons will narrate the series, which unlike its laugh-track laden predecessor, will be shot in the single-camera format.

Iain Armitage will play young Sheldon. It will deal with the fictional genius' childhood, growing up in Texas with a religious mother and not-as-smart siblings. Details on their roles are being kept under wraps, though sources tell THR that Revord will play a young version of Sheldon's twin sister Missy; Barber as George, Sheldon and Missy's father and Mary's husband; while Jordan is George Jr., Sheldon's older brother. It's the first pickup of a new show for CBS this development season. The Big Bang Theory now airs Thursdays at 8/7c on CBS.

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Parsons, who had the initial idea that led to Young Sheldon, Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, and Todd Spiewak will serve as executive producers of the series, from Chuck Lorre Productions, association with Warner Bros. Showrunners at CBS, however, are already preparing to get more out of the franchise, and they've greenlit a spin-off series focusing on a young Sheldon Cooper before he was roommates with Leonard Hofstadter.