Jim Parsons will executive produce and also narrate the spin-off about Sheldon's formative years


CBS has officially given a series order to The Big Bang Theory spin-off Young Sheldon, which will chronicle the formative years of Jim Parsons’ character, EW has learned.

The half-hour, single-camera comedy will follow a 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper (Big Little Lies‘ Iain Armitage) living with his family in East Texas and going to high school.

As EW previously reported, Zoe Perry is attached to play Sheldon’s mother, who is portrayed on the flagship series by Perry’s real-life mom Laurie Metcalf. Lance Barber, Raegan Revord, and Montana Jordan will also star.

Parsons — who is set to executive produce the comedy alongside creators Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro, as well as Todd Spiewak — will also narrate the comedy as Adult Sheldon. Jon Favreau will direct and executive produce the series premiere.

The spin-off comes as The Big Bang Theory, currently in its 10th season, is the No. 1 comedy in primetime, with CBS eyeing a two-season renewal should contract negotiations with the cast close.

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

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