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'Young Sheldon' Is Official; 'The Big Bang Theory' Prequel To Air On CBS

Update Date: Mar 15, 2017 11:06 AM EDT

The hugely popular series "The Big Bang Theory" has entered what followers of the show call its death spiral. But instead of turning the series into a black hole, CBS has ordered a spin-off that will be a prequel of the show and will be titled "Young Sheldon".

The show "Young Sheldon" will be revolving around the life of the 90-year-old Sheldon Cooper as he attends in high school and will take a look onto his life growing up in Texas. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that "The Big Bang Theory" creators Chuck Lorre and Steve Molaro will still handle the new comedy "Young Sheldon".

A lot of pre-production work has been done for the pilot of "Young Sheldon". E! Online reports that the creators of "The Big Bang Theory" universe have already chosen the director of the pilot episode of "Young Sheldon". Jon Favreau will direct and will serve as executive producer as well.

The cast for "Young Sheldon" has also been determined. The show will cast Ian Armitage as the young Sheldon Cooper and will have Zoe Perry play as his mother, Mary Cooper. The original "The Big Bang Theory" role of Mary was played by Laurie Metcalf.

"The Big Bang Theory" is now in its tenth season. The new show "Young Sheldon" was commissioned as the steep contracts of the lead stars of the original "The Big Bang Theory" show were about to expire. No premiere date has been announced yet but the new show is slated to start production later this year for the 2017-2018 broadcast season.

Jim Parsons of the original "The Big Bang Theory" narrates the "Young Sheldon" series as the adult Sheldon Cooper. The show has not confirmed though as to how many episodes this new series will run in its pilot season. The original show might still run for two more seasons if the new salary deals push through.

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