Because of the way in which the two shows are set up, the idea of a The Big Bang Theory – Young Sheldon crossover is basically impossible. They are structurally different, and also you can’t come up with reasons (other than dream sequences) where Sheldon Cooper would be meeting up with a younger version of himself.
Yet, there are still some other interesting questions to ponder over when it comes to the CBS comedies’ shared timelines. For example, could Billy Sparks — a popular Young Sheldon character — appear on The Big Bang Theory proper in the future? What about Georgie, Sheldon’s brother? On the flagship show he’s only been mentioned to date.
While nothing is 100% confirmed as of yet, it does appear as though the shows’ writers are thinking about finding a way to bring some of the characters from Young Sheldon over — it’s largely a matter of finding the right way to use them. Here’s what executive producer Chuck Lorre had to say, per Entertainment Weekly, while at the TCA Winter Press Tour this week:
“There are young people in young Sheldon’s life we may someday meet as adults … We are all in love with young Billy Sparks [played by Wyatt McClure]. To see him walk into Pasadena would be a thrill if we get that right.”
Meanwhile, we’ve learned that at the top of the wishlist for Georgie is Matthew McConaughey, though we have a hard time being confident about that one happening given his desire to move away from some of the roles viewers have considered to be familiar to him over the years.
At the moment, it doesn’t necessarily feel essential to see Billy Sparks or Georgie, but it would be nice to fill in some of the cracks of Sheldon’s life and to see Jim Parsons play off of older versions of the character. If it does turn out that The Big Bang Theory season 12 is the end of the show — that’s something that Johnny Galecki has suggested could happen — there’s not all that much time in order to write in these stories.
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