‘The Big Bang Theory’ Spinoff ‘Young Sheldon’ Gets CBS Series Order, Rounds Out Cast; Jon Favreau Set To Direct

Young Sheldon is officially a go. CBS has closed a deal for a straight-to-series order to the single-camera spinoff from the network’s blockbuster multi-camera comedy The Big Bang Theory for the 2017-2018 season.

Jon Favreau has come on board to direct and executive produce the first episode of the series, created by Big Bang co-creator/executive producer Chuck Lorre & executive produce/showrunner Steven Molaro.


The series, narrated by Jim Parsons as his Big Bang character, adult Sheldon, is a prequel to the mothership series described as being in the vein of Malcolm in the Middle. It follows The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage) at the age of 9, living with his family in East Texas and going to high school.

Lance Barber will play Sheldon’s father, and Raegan Revord and Montana Jordan will play his siblings, joining previously cast Armitage and Zoe Perry, who plays Sheldon’s mom.

At an investor conference last week, CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves said Young Sheldon will likely air behind Big Bang next season. That, of course, is contingent on securing the pending two-season Big Bang renewal, which Moonves said was “on the two yard line.”

On Big Bang, there have been clues about Sheldon’s childhood in Galveston, TX, with his older brother George; fraternal twin sister Missy; their mother Mary Cooper, an overtly devout Evangelical Christian — played by Laurie Metcalf whose daughter Perry will portray her in the prequel — and father George Cooper, an alcoholic who was never around.

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, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television.

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  1. Kyleon Mar 13, 2017 1:35 pm

    If this show is half as successful as Big Bang Jon will make killing from this.

    • Anonymouson Mar 13, 2017 7:29 pm

      There’s no way it’s going to be even half as successful.

  2. Carter Bashon Mar 13, 2017 2:50 pm

    What’s next? A Young Penny spin-off about her wild teenage years that’s like a cross between Hee Haw and Red Shoe Diaries?

  3. on Mar 13, 2017 3:05 pm

    I don’t think this is going to work.

    • Jimon Mar 13, 2017 3:31 pm

      The article is about TWO separate projects. Which one are you being a negative little troll about?

      • on Mar 14, 2017 1:15 am


  4. Roberton Mar 13, 2017 3:20 pm

    I think it is a brilliant idea for a spin off. I can’t wait.

  5. on Mar 13, 2017 7:27 pm

    Iain is incredibly bright and adorable (see his theater reviews and conversation with Lin Manuel Miranda on YouTube ). I wish him well.

  6. fuzzman656on Mar 13, 2017 11:03 pm

    It will suck.

    Nothing like listening to the recorded laughter of the dead every 3 seconds for twenty minutes. Why not just add the laugh tracks directly to the advertising and skip the expense of writing and producing a “show?”

  7. TV Watcheron Mar 14, 2017 12:01 am

    This could help kill BBT off faster than without.

  8. DrJohnnyLoveon Mar 14, 2017 5:01 am

    After the ridiculously successful M*A*S*H series, someone green lighted Aftermash. It was a stinker. Even worse was the spinoff WALTER. Now in fairness Cheers was a huge success and the spinoff of Fraiser was equally
    a huge success. WKRP had a great run, but the spinoff of it was horrible.
    All in the Family was a massive hit and The Jeffersons and Maude were huge successes too, but Gloria was a big flop. So, just cause one show is a sucess does not guarantee spinoffs/prequels will be.

    • Neil Feldmanon Mar 20, 2017 1:09 pm

      Don’t forget “Good Times”, a successful second generation spinoff.

  9. Heather Whitedon Mar 14, 2017 4:35 pm

    Sorry, but the guy who played Leonard’s bully Jimmy Speckerman is going to mess with my head. They should use someone who hasn’t guested on Big Bang Theory.

  10. on Mar 26, 2017 6:53 am

    They REALLY need to cancel the canned laughter. It is very annoying.