It’s official: CBS is moving forward with its Big Bang Theory prequel.
The network has handed out a straight-to-series order for the 2017-18 broadcast season for Young Sheldon, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The news comes as the comedy created by Chuck Lorre and Steve Molaro had been casting ahead of production on the pilot this month. This is the first time that the network and producers Warner Bros. Television have confirmed the project. An episode count has not yet been determined.
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 the actress’ mother, Laurie Metcalfe.
In picking up the comedy to series, CBS has also released Young Sheldon’s formal logline, filled out its cast and set the pilot director. The project will revolve around a 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper (Armitage) as he lives with his family in East Texas and goes to high school. The concept was originally described as Malcolm in the Middle with a young Sheldon. Lance Barber, Raegan Revord and Montana Jordan have also joined the cast. Details on their roles are being kept under wraps, though sources tell THR that Revord will play a young version of Sheldon’s twin sister Missy; Barber will play George, Sheldon and Missy’s father and Mary’s husband; and Jordan will play George Jr., Sheldon’s older brother.
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