Jon Favreau to direct ‘Young Sheldon’ pilot for CBS
CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” is still going strong, but CBS is moving on to another project called “Young Sheldon”. As the title suggests, the series will recount the days of Sheldon Cooper as a child, living back home with his mother. It will be a spinoff show, and CBS is keeping most of the casting a secret at this time, but a few details were confirmed today by the network.
The series has been in the works for a few months now, but CBS officially announced the series order earlier this morning. “Young Sheldon” will be a new half-hour, single-camera comedy set for broadcast in the 2017-2018 season. The show was also created by Chuck Lorre & Steven Molaro.
The series follows “The Big Bang Theory’s” Sheldon Cooper at the age of 9, living with his family in East Texas and going to high school. A few tales of Sheldon’s childhood have been told in the original series, including the time that Sheldon tried to buy Plutonium. Jon Favreau is directing/executive producing the first episode of the series, which stars Iain Armitage as 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper, as well as Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Raegan Revord and Montana Jordan.
Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak will serve as executive producers of the series, from Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television.
If you are a fan of the original Sheldon, played by Jim Parsons, then you should be happy to know that Parson will also narrate the comedy as Adult Sheldon. We expect quite a few great stories to come out of the new series, and it will be great to see Sheldon living with his conservative Christian mother back in Texas. More information, including castings, trailers and a premiere date, are expected to be released over the next few weeks as the show enters into production.