A ‘Big Bang Theory’ Spinoff Is Reportedly in the Works
The folks at CBS are no dummies; spinning a new show off their No. 1 hit comedy The Big Bang Theory just makes sense.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources said the new comedy spinoff, from Big Bang co-creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady and show-runner Steve Molaro, will center around the younger version of Dr. Sheldon Cooper, played on the original show by Jim Parsons.
Insiders told THR that the spinoff is being described as a Malcolm in the Middle type-sitcom, focusing on Sheldon as a teenager. None of the current Big Bang cast members are said to be involved, save for maybe recurring guest star Laurie Metcalf, who plays Sheldon’s mother, Mary Cooper.
The spinoff talks come as Big Bang Theory is in its 10th season. It has not yet been renewed, as negotiations are reportedly still in play for the stars, including Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco, who signed a huge deal two years ago for a three-season renewal, banking $1 million per episode.
In 2013, producers Lorre, Molaro and Prady joked with THR they couldn’t ever see doing a spinoff, at least with any of the regular players. “I can’t imagine doing that. I couldn’t imagine taking any part of this show and separating it; it’s all one piece to me. I can’t wrap my head around splintering someone away from this show,” said Lorre.
Yeah, well, things change, amirite?