Young Sheldon Prequel Series Coming to CBS
By Michaela Bush
Tiny Shelly, scheming Shelly, kid with all the brains…have you ever wanted to watch a 9-year-old build a death-ray to take out the neighborhood kids? New information suggests that you can!
CBS announced March 13th that a “The Big Bang Theory” prequel series, currently known as “Young Sheldon”, was officially picked up for an entire series—unlike the typical review process, which involves a review of the pilot episode. While this might be fantastic news for “The Big Bang Theory” fans, there’s more exciting news in store for anyone who enjoys the Iron Man cinematic trilogy as well.
Jon Favreau (“The Jungle Book”, “Iron Man” trilogy) is set to direct and executive produce the pilot episode of the upcoming TV series. The premiere date for this pilot episode has yet to be announced, however, in addition to how many episodes the season will have.
The series will be presented as a single-camera sitcom, and Jim Parsons is also set to narrate the pilot episode. Iain Armitage (“Big Little Lies”) is set to play the lead role of young Sheldon Cooper, and his mother will be played by Zoe Perry, who is actually the daughter of Laurie Metcalfe. Metcalfe, of course, plays Sheldon’s mother on the original series. Lance Barber will play Sheldon’s father; Raegan Revord (“Modern Family”) and Montana Jordan will play his siblings.
Jon Favreau is currently working on several projects, such as “Avengers: Infinity War”, “The Lion King”, and a TV series titled “Orville”. He is also exploring the realm of virtual reality, and released a brief scene called “Gnomes & Goblins” in VR (available for HTC Vive and coming soon for Oculus Rift). Whether or not he will work on this project with Lorre and others past the pilot episode has not yet been announced.
The show is set to debut in the 2017-2018 fall season. Todd Spiewak, Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, and Jim Parsons will all serve as executive producers.