Young Sheldon spinoff gets a go for a full first season; Jon Favreau to direct pilot

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If you thought Sheldon Cooper was annoying as an adult, you should see him as a kid. As CBS is bringing an end to their wildly popular, even if at times rather bland and tasteless The Big Bang Theory, they are looking to the future. And that future is leveraging one of the most popular characters from that series, Sheldon (played by Jim Parsons), for a spin-off, hoping that he will have the same effect on audiences in making this show a success.

This time though, instead of the continued adventures of adult Sheldon Cooper, they’re going to focus on his upbringing instead and how he was equally as condescending and annoying as a kid. And CBS is so confident in the series’ potential for a success, as according to Deadline, they are not even ordering a pilot, but have given the go for an entire first season to be produced.

The series will not be dispensing with the talents of Jim Parson however, as although the actor is not set to appear in front of camera, he will be narrating the series described as being in the vein of Malcolm in the Middle. The series will follow Sheldon Cooper (played by Iain Armitage) at the age of 9, living with his family in East Texas and going to high school. Yes, he was a boy genius so was in high school at that time. And with better grades than the rest of us.

CBS has also announced that Lance Barber will be playing Sheldon’s alcoholic father, Raegan Revord his older brother George and Montana Jordan, his fraternal twin sister. Zoe Perry will play Sheldon’s devoutly Christian mom. No doubt those influences are all going to reflect quite heavily in the series story-line.

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Of interest is that Iron Man and The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau will be directing the pilot, which should certainly represent a very different style for the series if the director’s previous work is anything to go by. That is not a bad thing as CBS just sticking to the formula for its spinoff would likely bore fans who haven’t already gotten bored with the comedy series.

Last Updated: March 14, 2017

Craig Risi

A man of many talents, but no sense how to use them. I could be discovering the cure for aids or finding ways to achieve world peace, but I’d rather be watching movies and writing here instead.

  • Skittle

    The Big Bang Theory was enjoyable when it was about nerdy adventures, then they decided to add romance and I grew tired of it very quickly. Chicks are for fags!

    • miaau

      I still fail to understand what cigarettes and baby chickens have in common, but yes, the tone of the show changed over the years. I like to think it matured, as the characters did. I still enjoy season 9 and 10,, for example, very funny AND I love picking up on the nerd references, as most of them or star trek or Star Wars based, both of which I know pretty damn well

  • I hope it’s better than watching these Marvel super hero drama series.

  • Captain JJ

    No thanks.

    • miaau

      I have to ask myself: Why is this being made? (ignore the make money aspect)

      How is this different from a new procedural comedy with that premise? Can it not be Billy-Lloyd, the smartest kid in the US or something?

      • Captain JJ

        Yea. I think they like riding on the name of something that did well, even if it only lasts a few seasons.

  • Banana Jim’s Final Form!

    No thanks, there’s no need to reboot Malcolm in the Middle.

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