CBS has formally ordered the series "Young Sheldon", a prequel to its hit comedy.
Young Sheldon recently cast its star, setting Big Little Lies actor Iain Armitage as the young version of Jim Parsons' Sheldon Cooper, with Zoe Perry taking on the role of his mother, Mary Cooper, that was originally played by her mother, Laurie Metcalfe.
Jon Favreau (Iron Man) will direct the pilot episode.
As TVLine previously reported, Big Little Lies breakout Iain Armitage will portray Jim Parsons' pubescent doppelganger in the series, with Zoe Perry - aka the real-life daughter of Laurie Metcalf, who now recurs as Adult Sheldon's mom - set to play the mother of Young Sheldon. An additional appeal to the audience is that Parsons himself will narrate the show - which has most closely been compared to Malcolm In The Middle - that features Sheldon as a nine-year-old.
Unlike its predecessor, Young Sheldon will not be shot like a live sitcom. The series will also include Sheldon's older brother George and his fraternal twin sister Missy.
This prequel would already appear to have a large amount of back story, simply because so much is already known about Sheldon Cooper's (Parsons) past - that he was raised in Texas, had a close relationship with his grandfather ("Pop-pop"), and was a child prodigy. The Big Bang Theory now airs Thursdays at 8/7c on CBS. 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 casting news came in the midst of contract salary negotiations for BBT ensemble's two-year, 48-episode renewal.
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Young Sheldon is the latest straight-to-series order for the 2017-18 broadcast season.