'Big Bang Theory' Spinoff About Young Sheldon Reportedly in the Works
By Philiana Ng
The Big Bang Theory may be expanding its universe.
A spinoff of CBS’ successful half-hour comedy centered on a young Sheldon Cooper could be making its way to the small screen,Variety reports. The network and Warner Bros. TV are reportedly in early stages of development on the potential series.
The project is said to center on Sheldon’s childhood and family growing up in Texas that have been referenced on the flagship series.
Viewers have already met Sheldon’s mother, Mary Cooper (Laurie Metcalf), and twin sister, Missy (Courtney Henggeler), on Big Bang. If the project moves forward, it would offer up the opportunity to meet other members of Sheldon’s immediate family, including his late father, George and older brother, George Jr.
Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon, is reportedly attached to executive produce the proposed spinoff, alongside creator Chuck Lorre and showrunner Steve Molaro.
CBS declined to comment. Warner Bros. TV has yet to respond to ET’s request for comment.
Currently in its 10th season, Big Bang remains the top-rated comedy on broadcast television and speculation over its future continues, as the main stars -- led by Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki, all of whom make $1 million per episode -- have yet to renew their contracts past this year.