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Big Bang Theory spinoff focused on Sheldon eyed by CBS

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The Big Bang Theory is getting even, well, bigger.

CBS is eyeing a spinoff that would center on Jim Parsons’ character Sheldon Cooper in his younger years, EW has confirmed. CBS and Warner Bros. declined to comment.

The spinoff is in very early stages of planning. None of the flagship series’ cast is attached besides Parsons, who will reportedly executive produce with Big Bang Theory executive producers Bill Prady, Chuck Lorre and Steve Molaro.

Currently in its 10th season, The Big Bang Theory is the No. 1 comedy in primetime, averaging more than 19 million total viewers and a 5.8 in the coveted 18-49 demographic last season.

Though contract negotiations are looming for The Big Bang Theory cast, CBS has expressed confidence that the comedy will continue past season 10. “We’ll put it on for as long as everyone wants Big Bang on the air,” CBS chief Glenn Geller said this summer. “I hope it lasts forever.”

For his part, Molaro told EW he wasn’t looking at season 10 as the show’s last, but he does have an idea on how the series could end. “I have personal thoughts that have been floating around in my head, but we haven’t really talked about it,” he said after the season 9 finale. “It always seems like this thing that’s off in the distance forever. Until it becomes closer to a reality, I’m not going to think about it all that much, because it makes me sad.”

The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.