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CBS Eyes ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Prequel

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Bazinga! CBS and Warner Bros. TV are reported to be in early conversations to develop a spinoff of “The Big Bang Theory” that would focus on the early life, beginning at age 12, of the Sheldon Cooper character. Four-time Emmy Ward winner Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon on the flagship series, is attached to executive produce the proposed prequel along with Chuck Lorre and “Big Bang” showrunner Steve Molaro. “Big Bang” co-creator/exec producer Bill Prady is likely to be on board as an executive producer as well.

Still untitled, CBS is expected to order a pilot of “The Big Bang Theory” prequel which, if picked up for 2017, will be airing at the same time as its parent series. In other words, we could have two Sheldon Coopers in primetime!

Now in season 10, and in the final year of its three season renewal, the cast of primetime’s top-rated sitcom is in conversations for season11…and beyond. Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco are, at present, the highest paid actors of television, so the renewal will not come cheap.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. Only I they end Big Bang would it be a good idea. The show is great the way it is.One show I can watch reruns

  2. Proof that far from being in a Golden Age, the US scripted TV industry is in the final pangs of its fall into irrelevance.