Young Sheldon

Young Sheldon

What is Young Sheldon?

Young Sheldon is an upcoming spin-off series from The Big Bang Theory which will focus on the life of the nine-year-old Sheldon Cooper growing up in East Texas and going to high school. As established on The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon Cooper was a precocious boy genius who grew up in a religious Texan home.

Iain Armitage (Big Little Lies) will star as the nine-year-old Sheldon Cooper. Zoe Perry, the real-life daughter of Laurie Metcalf who plays Sheldon's mother on The Big Bang Theory, will star as Mary Cooper. Lance Barber will play Sheldon's father George. Raegan Revord is Sheldon's twin sister Missy and Montana Jordan will star as Sheldon's older brother, George Jr.

In July 2017, it was announced that Annie Potts (Ghostbusters, Designing Women) will join the show as a series regular, playing Sheldon's beloved grandmother, "Meemaw", on his mother's side. Her character is described as a foul-mouthed, hard-drinking Texan grandmother who is very supportive of her grandson's intellectual talent. Meemaw was widowed in 1985 when Sheldon's grandfather, "Pop-Pop", passed away.

Young Sheldon will be a single-camera comedy (eg. The Wonder Years, Malcolm in the Middle), rather than the mutli-camera format of The Big Bang Theory. The show will be narrated by Jim Parsons as Adult Sheldon. Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Elf) is signed on to direct the pilot episode.

Young Sheldon was created by The Big Bang Theory co-creator and executive producer Chuck Lorre and EP and show-runner Steven Molaro. Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak will serve as executive producers on the show, from Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television.

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When will Young Sheldon air?

A special one-time preview of Young Sheldon will air Monday, September 25 at 8:30/7:30c, immediately following the eleventh season premiere of The Big Bang Theory. As it has done in recent years, The Big Bang Theory is starting the season on Monday nights to make room for Thursday Night Football.

Young Sheldon will then wait until The Big Bang Theory returns to its regular Thursday night time period on November 2, at which point the show will air right after Big Bang in the 8:30/7:30c slot.

Does this affect The Big Bang Theory's future?

No. Young Sheldon was announced just before The Big Bang Theory was renewed for a further two seasons by CBS, taking the show through to its twelfth season in 2018/19.