Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Life&Culture | By Ted Wilson

Big Bang Theory is officially getting prequel spin-off, Young Sheldon

Big Bang Theory is officially getting prequel spin-off, Young Sheldon

"The Big Bang Theory" is rewinding the clock to tell the origin story of Sheldon Cooper.

Big Bang Theory fans get excited - because there's going to be a spin-off series about Sheldon's life.

Jon Favreau is directing/executive producing the first episode of the series, but there's no word on how many episodes have been ordered just yet.

Young Sheldon also stars Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Raegan Revord and Montana Jordan. Jim Parsons will narrate as an adult Sheldon, calling to mind other famous single camera comedy narrators like Ron Howard ("Arrested Development") and Daniel Stern ("The Wonder Years").

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Unlike its predecessor, Young Sheldon will not be shot like a live sitcom.

Young Sheldon is the latest straight-to-series order for the 2017-18 broadcast season. It will deal with the fictional genius' childhood, growing up in Texas with a religious mother and not-as-smart siblings. Barber is reportedly playing Sheldon's father, Revord his twin sister, and Jordan his older brother. While CBS has only renewed one scripted series so far (NCIS), it has a healthy roster to choose from, especially when it comes to comedies.

The series is executive-produced by Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak.

A two-season renewal of The Big Bang Theory is imminent. CBS did not say when or where the show will launch.

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