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.