CBS is premiering their Big Bang Theory prequel spinoff Young Sheldon tonight (September 25) after the Big Bang season opener. The show stars young Iain Armitage in the role of Sheldon Cooper which Jim Parsons made famous. Parsons narrates the show as an older Sheldon.
The creators of this new show spoke a bit about what it was like to explore this time in Sheldon’s life at the recent Television Critics Association press tour.
“We have an opportunity to look at Sheldon as an adult and think about the origins of how he came to be. We learned when we came up on the pilot, he doesn’t even like comic books yet. He likes to go to church with his mom even though he doesn’t share her views. So there’s a bit of a joy of discovery about Sheldon at nine that we’ve been having a lot of fun with,” Executive Producer Steven Molaro said.
Fellow Executive Producer Chuck Lorre added to what makes this young Sheldon so appealing as a project to write. “The part of the fun of writing the series was not just to watch how Sheldon develops but to see how his family has to adapt. Everybody in the family is affected by having a child who is remarkable, and they all have to adapt, and their lives have to change in order to accommodate him, and that was interesting for us to write about. We touched on it a little bit in the pilot, but it’s something we are going to do more of,” he said.
“I think you can look at any character in that house, and their relationship with Sheldon and their backstory and the story of their character is as interesting as Sheldon’s,” Molaro added.
You can see some pictures from Young Sheldon below. The series will move to Thursdays this Fall once Football is done.
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