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CBS has picked up a spinoff for it's top rated comedy about a younger version of Jim Parson's character
Do you find yourself enjoying comedies about nerdy protagonists talking about their nerdy interests and having supporting characters make jokes about how nerdy they are? Do you find yourself with an unquenchable curiosity over what it might be like to see this formula deployed on precocious tykes instead of grown adults? Well brace yourself, because I've got some exciting news for you; CBS has announced it will officially be bringing it's Big Bang Theory spinoff, Young Sheldon to the network next season. As the title implies, the show will be centered around a 9-year old version of Jim Parson's character Sheldon Cooper growing up in Texas as a genius. Parsons will provide narration for the show as his older character, with his younger self being played by Big Little Lies' Iain Armitage, and Zoe Perry will play Sheldon's mother (the role Perry's real life mother Laurie Metcalf plays on Big Bang). Additionally, Iron Man and The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau will direct the pilot.
Now you may be wondering at this point exactly why CBS would feel inclined to give audiences a potential double dosage of Sheldon Cooper in the course of a week, especially while Big Bang Theory remains seemingly omnipresent in reruns? Well the answer to the question is that despite still being a ratings juggernaut, the original series is far closer to its eventual series finale than it is its series premiere. Because of its sustained success, the show has become significantly more expensive with cast members seeking salary raises for a potential 11th and 12th season. Starting a new series would allow the network to keep giving the character to audiences over a lengthy run at a much lower price than the original series cast would require. Additionally because Big Bang Theory, likely only has a few more seasons left in the tank, Young Sheldon has the potential to be an instant replacement, ensuring the series won't leave a void behind.
Still there in fact risks to the idea, perhaps the biggest being that the character may simply not be able to sustain the sole focus without the original show's supporting cast. NBC attempted to build spinoffs around similarly popular characters Joey Tribiani and Dwight Schrute and both failed to captivate audiences. Additionally, despite still being the most watched comedy currently on TV, the show has seen its ratings decrease, suggesting its possible fans could be beginning to feel burnt out by the exploits of Sheldon Cooper.
We won't know for certain until whenever the series premieres if it can live up to the success of the original, but if nothing else consider this article an early warning to be on alert for more laugh-tracked nerd humor on the horizon—for better or worse.
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