What is Young Sheldon?
Young Sheldon is a new spin-off series from The Big Bang Theory which follows the life of the nine-year-old Sheldon Cooper as he starts high school in East Texas. As established on The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon Cooper was a precocious boy genius who grew up in a religious Texan home with a family who didn't always know how best to deal with his remarkable intellect.
Iain Armitage (Big Little Lies) stars 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, stars as Mary Cooper. Lance Barber plays Sheldon's father George. Montana Jordan is Sheldon's older brother, George Jr, and Raegan Revord is Sheldon's twin sister Missy.
In July 2017, it was announced that Annie Potts (Ghostbusters, Designing Women) had joined the show as a series regular, playing Sheldon's beloved grandmother, "Meemaw". 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 is 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 is narrated by Jim Parsons as Adult Sheldon. Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Elf) directed the pilot episode.
Young Sheldon was created by The Big Bang Theory co-creator and executive producer Chuck Lorre and EP and 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. Steven Molaro is the showrunner of Young Sheldon, having previously done that job on The Big Bang Theory for five years.
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When will Young Sheldon air?
The special debut of Young Sheldon aired Monday, September 25 at 8:30/7:30c after the eleventh season premiere of The Big Bang Theory. Young Sheldon returned Thursday, November 2 when The Big Bang Theory moved back to its regular Thursday night slot.
Internationally, Young Sheldon airs on CTV in Canada, Warner Channel in Latin America and Brazil, Warner TV in Asia, and ProSieben in Germany. The show will premiere in Britain on E4 on Thursday, February 22.
CBS ordered a further nine episodes of Young Sheldon in September 2017, taking its first season order up to twenty-two episodes. In January 2018, CBS gave an early renewal to Young Sheldon for a second season to air in 2018/19.
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.