Iain Armitage was plucked out of hundreds of submissions to take on the kid version of Sheldon Cooper in CBS’ Young Sheldon, the network’s breakout comedy of last season. But he might also have a future as a show creator as he demonstrated during Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys.
Joined by Young Sheldon co-creator and executive producer Steve Molaro onstage at the packed DGA Theater, the pair discussed several aspects of the show including the challenges of a Millennial working on a show set in the 1980s — a scene with a house phone was a particular challenge for a kid who had never seen one before. Then Deadline’s co-editor-in-chief Nellie Andreeva turned to potential crossovers between the mothership Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon (the shows have already has dabbled with Professor Proton and young Sheldon’s older brother, Georgie, appearing on Big Bang last season thanks to Jerry O’Connell).
“There’s no reason we can’t go back and forth in this weird little time portal that’s been created between the two shows,” Molaro said.
Then Armitage jumped in with his own pitch about how the two shows could merge.
“It’ll just have Sheldon going back and forth — like, you could have Sheldon [on Big Bang] going, ‘I remember when,’ ” he said, complete with the hand-to-chin gesture indicating deep thought. “And then you could have Young Sheldon and he’d be like, ‘I wonder what happens in the future…?’ ”
Said Molaro to the crowd: “Is anybody writing this down?”
Check out the conversation above.