There’s no more need to gossip about whether or not The Big Bang Theory spin-off will happen — Young Sheldon is officially a thing.
Today, CBS confirmed that Young Sheldon is in fact the tentative name for the project, and that they’re ordering it all the way to series. Therefore, there’s no reason to worry about a pilot, or about whether or not it’ll get that series pickup down the line. It’s officially happening, and the show could premiere as early as the pilot.
Jim Parsons is not only going to serve as a narrator for the project (do we really need a narrator?), but he will also executive-produce alongside Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro (the current showrunner of The Big Bang Theory proper), and Todd Spiewak. Jon Favreau of Iron Man and many more movies will direct the pilot episode. The cast for Young Sheldon includes Iain Armitage of Big Little Lies as the title character and then Zoe Perry as the younger version of Mary Cooper. Ironically, Perry is the daughter of Laurie Metcalf, who plays the older version of Mary on the series proper.
As for whether or not Young Sheldon is a series we need, that is a subject for an entirely different debate. We still contend that there was a demand for a spin-off to The Big Bang Theory based on its popularity and wide breadth of characters. For example, it would’ve been great to see a show about some of the more minor characters in the present of the show, like a Stuart or a Bert, who we see often but don’t know much about who they are. Or, there could’ve been a new version of the show that was a flipped concept revolving around some nerdy women and a guy who was pretty much the opposite of them in any ways. The success here will come down mostly to the casting and the writing. We imagine that there will be a good bit of pressure that goes along with seeing if this show works, mostly because there is such a big stamp being put on it courtesy of the franchise name.
Hopefully come May, we’ll be able to share a little bit more in the form of either a promo or so some sort of extended trailer.
Are you interested in seeing the Young Sheldon spin-off happen, or do you wish that a different idea was considered instead? Be sure to share in the comments below! (Photo: CBS.)