Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
For more than 30 years, John Kiesewetter has been the source for information about all things in local media — comings and goings, local people appearing on the big or small screen, special programs, and much more. Contact John at

Good Idea? CBS Plans 'Young Sheldon' Spin-Off From 'Big Bang Theory'

CBS Broadcasting Inc.
Jim Parsons will narrate "Young Sheldon," CBS' spin-off about Dr. Sheldon Cooper as a child in Texas.

Is this a good idea? CBS plans a "Big Bang Theory" spin-off for the fall TV season called "Young Sheldon," about Sheldon Cooper at age 9.

"Big Bang" creator Chuck Lorre and producer Steve Molaro are creating the sitcom starring Iain Armitage (HBO's "Big Little Lies") as little Sheldon living in east Texas with his family and "going to high school," CBS says.

The International Movie Database describes young Sheldon as "the idiosyncratic and neurotic genius as a youth growing up in Texas."

Credit Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Mary Cooper (Laurie Metcalf, left) prays before a meal with her son Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and girlfriend Amy (Mayim Bialik) before a meal in Mary's Houston home in 2016 on "The Big Bang Theory."

Jim Parsons, the Emmy-winning actor who plays Dr. Sheldon Cooper on "Big Bang," will narrate the comedy as adult Sheldon. Parsons will be an executive producer, along with "Big Bang" executive producers Lorre and Molaro.

Zoe Perry ("Private Practice," "The Family") will play Sheldon's mother Mary.  She's the daughter of Emmy-winner Laurie Metcalf ("Roseanne"), who plays Sheldon's very religious mother Mary living in Houston on "Big Bang Theory."

The "Sheldon" cast also includes Lance Barber ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"), child actor Raegan Revord ("Modern Family" and Montana Jordan.

On "Big Little Lies," HBO's dark comedy-drama about three mothers with first graders, Armitage plays Shailene Woodley's son Ziggy. Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman also star in the HBO series, which premiered Feb. 19. It was created and written by David E. Kelley ("Boston Legal," "The Practice," "L.A. Law," "Picket Fences," "Ally McBeal" and "Chicago Hope").

Is "Young Sheldon" a good idea? I'm a huge "Big Bang" fan, but I don't think I'll bother watching this one.

Sounds to me like further proof that Hollywood producers have just run out of new ideas in this age of remakes and spin-offs ("MacGyver," "The Exorcist," "The Good Fight,"  "The Blacklist: Redemption," "Training Day," "Lethal Weapon," "Hawaii Five-0," "24: Legacy," "The Odd Couple," "The Muppets," "Frequency," "Rush Hour," "Limitless," "Heroes: Reborn," "Fuller House," "Prison Break" and "Baywatch").

John Kiesewetter, who has covered television and media for more than 35 years, has been working for Cincinnati Public Radio and WVXU-FM since 2015.