Like it, or hate it, The Big Bang Theory is one massive show for CBS, and though I found it amusing in earlier seasons, I think it started getting a lot more intolerable when the main guys started getting girlfriends.
CBS have formerly ordered to series Young Sheldon, a Big Bang prequel which will premiere in the 2017-18 seasons and will be a half-hour program.
Sheldon will star Iain Armitage as the pint-sized Cooper, who's already attending high school at that tender age and living with his family in east Texas.
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Favreau, a director comfortable working on the big screen as well as the small, serves as executive producer and director of the first episode. Lorre, Molaro, Parsons and Todd Spiewak will exec produce the single-camera series (marking a change from Big Bang Theory, which is a multicamera comedy).
The series has been in the works for a few months now, but CBS officially announced the series order earlier this morning. The series will also include Sheldon's older brother George and his fraternal twin sister Missy. It was created by Big Bang's Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro.
The Young Sheldon series pickup comes as the pricey contracts for the seven lead stars of Big Bang expire at the end of its current 10th season. Last week, CBS CEO Les Moonves sounded an upbeat note during an investor gathering, declaring that a renewal agreement was "on the two yard line".