Even though the flagship The Big Bang Theory may be ending tonight after an incredible twelve seasons on the air, there is some good news, at least provided you enjoy Young Sheldon — there will be a season 3 coming up. Not only that, but there’s a season 4 after that!
Why did CBS go ahead and give two seasons to a show that, easily, could’ve been handed only one? We foresee this as one thing more so than any other: A supreme vote of confidence. This is the network saying “we’re not worried” to a show that is going to have to crawl over one of its biggest creative obstacles to date: The lack of a fantastic lead-in. For the past two years, Young Sheldon has been the beneficiary of airing after The Big Bang Theory proper, where it’s been the beneficiary of a lot of people out there who watch it and the main show in tandem.
Now, Young Sheldon is going to have to be the fantastic lead-in to some other shows, including new series The Unicorn starring Walton Goggins, Mom, and then new Patricia Heaton series Carol’s Second Act. CBS revealed their fall schedule earlier this week, and one of the biggest standouts of it was Young Sheldon getting that 8:00 p.m. Eastern timeslot previously held by its Big Bang predecessor. Most of these shows should premiere in late September, pending a surprise change.
So obviously, the central struggle at the heart of season 3 will be making sure people who loved The Big Bang Theory continue to watch this, even if it’s not around. They also can’t really rely on other characters from that show outside of Sheldon, even if we’re aware that tonight is bringing on board young members of other members of the gang for a surprise cameo. They need to cultivate some fun, imaginative stories that highlight a certain part of Sheldon’s youth, and also ones that still feel canon to the main show at the same time.
The most intriguing thing to Big Bang purists…
For those who are watching this show hoping for more information, past, present, or future, on the rest of your favorite characters, remember that Narrator Sheldon seems to be telling the story of his past from a different place than the Big Bang Theory series finale. He’s mentioned being a father, so this may be a more reflective Sheldon. That helps to explain some finer details, including the father being presented in a different manner than how he’s mentioned and discussed on The Big Bang Theory proper.
We do think that it’s possible that Young Sheldon, whether it be in season 3 or otherwise, could continue to offer up scattered clues on what happens with some of the characters we’ve come to know and love. We wouldn’t watch for that and that alone, though; instead, enjoy it for the family dynamic, the performances, and the chance to look back at a very specific time in Texas … one we know fondly, as someone who grew up there in the late eighties/early nineties.
For some more coverage on tonight’s Big Bang Theory finale…
Check out the story here, which is all about if there is some other way for the series to exist moving forward. Meanwhile, let us know in the comments if you plan to stick with Young Sheldon, even though the main show has come to a close. (Photo: CBS.)