CBS orders Big Bang Theory spin-off, Young Sheldon to series

The Big Bang Theory has enjoyed a decade of monumental success at this point, which is why it’s surprising that it’s taken this long for the show to start entertaining spin-offs. As of today though, one is officially happening, as the pilot pitch for a Sheldon-focused prequel show, now officially titled ‘Young Sheldon‘, has been ordered to series by CBS, and will debut during the upcoming 2017-2018 season.

As the title implies, Young Sheldon will be a half-hour single-camera sitcom revolving around a nine-year-old Sheldon living his childhood in Texas, and attending high school. He will be accompanied by his family, including his strict, God-fearing mother, his alcoholic deadbeat father, and his brash, aggressive twin sister. Iain Armitage will play the title role of the young Sheldon Cooper, while the series will also star Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Raegan Revord and Montana Jordan. Adult Sheldon actor, Jim Parsons will also narrate the series unseen, on top of serving as an executive producer.

The Big Bang Theory is currently in its tenth season, where it continues to enjoy being the most watched sitcom on television at present. While the show has not been officially renewed for next season yet, it’s alleged that CBS is close to securing a two-season renewal deal for The Big Bang Theory, though also alleged that the lead cast is holding out on signing for the proposed two seasons, until pay parity can be reached with co-stars, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, the two leads that weren’t present on the show right away, and didn’t join the series until several seasons in.

The Big Bang Theory airs on Thursday nights from 8:00-8:30 P.M. EST, on CTV here in Canada.

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