The most popular comedy on television is officially getting a spinoff.
CBS on Monday confirmed it has ordered a “Big Bang Theory” prequel series centering a nine-year-old Sheldon Cooper, who is portrayed by Jim Parsons in the flagship series. Titled “Young Sheldon,” the half hour comedy stars Iain Armitage (“Big Little Lies”) in the title role, and is set to premiere in the 2017-18 TV season.
“Big Bang” masterminds Chuck Lorre and Steve Molaro created the spinoff, which follows Sheldon living with his family in East Texas and going to high school. Parsons will narrate the series, which unlike its laugh-track laden predecessor, will be shot in the single-camera format.
In another bit of meta casting, Zoe Perry will play Sheldon’s mother — a role portrayed by Perry’s real-life mother, Laurie Metcalf, on “Big Bang Theory.”