'Big Bang Theory' star Jim Parsons bringing 'Prodigies' to TV
The geeks shall inherit TV — with the help of Jim Parsons, who’s won two Emmys for playing their king on The Big Bang Theory.
EW has confirmed that Parsons and producing partner Todd Spiewak are developing a TV series based on Prodigies, a YouTube series that highlights real-life young geniuses. Episodes about innovators like 15-year-old Sierra Leone inventor Kelvin Doe and 5-year-old pool shark Keith O’Dell have attracted millions of views for the YouTube channel THNKR, which boasts nearly 110,000 subscribers. The television version of Prodigies will be shopped to cable and broadcast networks next week at Washington, D.C.’s annual Realscreen Summit.
“I knew within a few minutes of viewing my first episode of Prodigies that I wanted to be a part of the team bringing the digital series to a wider audience via television, spending time with these geniuses, these children, soaring and struggling with their gifts and their talents is inspiring and entertaining in a way that great television is,” Parsons said in a statement. “Prodigies reveals something about the human spirit with such joy and insight, which is why it achieved such a passionate following on the Internet. I think there are many more people out there that will find this irresistible, like I do.”
Watch the series’ most recent episode — about 14-year-old Santiago Gonzalez, a computer programmer who plans to have his masters degree by age 17 — for a taste of Prodigies: