You’ve probably heard it time and time again now: The Big Bang Theory is ending in season 12. You’ve also probably heard that Young Sheldon isn’t going anywhere. The prequel series starring Iain Armitage is a ratings hit for CBS, it’s only in season 2, and it barely uses Jim Parsons at all. While he may have wanted to take a bow playing Dr. Sheldon Cooper on his own show, it’s hardly a big deal for him to jump into a recording studio, say a few lines, collect his check and then go about his merry way.
With this in mind, we cannot say we’re shocked to learn today that CBS is bringing Young Sheldon back for two more seasons. The comedy got a green light through to the end of season 4, which means that with it and Mom, the network has locked in two of their larger hits from the Chuck Lorre comedy empire.
Reading between the lines — Lorre’s been moving more over to Netflix as of late in between The Kominsky Method and Disjointed. The latter may have been canceled, but the former’s an awards-show darling. These two-season renewals are basically CBS paying tribute to the throne of Lorre, making sure he knows that is loved, appreciated, and should continue to be involved with them as long as possible.
Now, let’s get to sharing some of the customary statements where CBS executives tout how happy they are about the renewals.
Kelly Kahl, President of CBS Entertainment – “Thanks to Chuck Lorre and Steve Molaro’s outstanding creative leadership, Young Sheldon has been a powerful performer for the network with an audience that towers over most of the television landscape.”
(We really wanted to make a joke here about Kahl being overly hyperbolic, but he does actually have a point — Young Sheldon has about as many live total viewers on average than Grey’s Anatomy and Law & Order: SVU combined. Yes. Combined. It’s still no The Masked Singer in the demo, but those numbers are nothing to sniff at.)
Thom Sherman, Senior Executive VP of Programming – “The Coopers are portrayed by an amazing cast, and we are looking forward to having the gifted writing staff mine even more of Sheldon’s hilarious backstory and the warm family dynamic that has made this comedy a favorite with audiences for the past two seasons.”
Will this “warm family dynamic” continue to last through the end of season 4? The show does give you some of those right-in-the-feels warm-fuzzy moments, but there is also still the underlying truth that eventually, Sheldon’s father is going to die … it just may not happen right away. He has a little bit of time left and with the flagship show ended, it probably does actually open the door more for what Young Sheldon can do. It already knows what the limitations are thanks to the twelve years of Big Bang scripts that are out there.
Excited about two more seasons’ worth of Young Sheldon?
Be sure to share some of your first reactions to the renewal news below! If you like the show, remember that new episodes come on CBS Thursday nights at 8:30 p.m. Eastern. (Photo: CBS.)