TV’s number one comedy, THE BIG BANG THEORY, is going to be around for a while. The comedy’s home, CBS, is developing a spinoff from the series, centered around a teenage Sheldon Cooper, played by Jim Parsons in the original show. Co-creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady will oversee the project alongside showrunner Steve Molaro. None of the original cast will be involved except for Parsons, who will executive produce.
The spinoff is being described as Malcolm in the Middle-esque and is said to have been given a sizable penalty by the network. It will be a single-camera series, which differs from Big Bang’s multi-camera format.
Currently, the original cast is negotiating new contracts for a possible eleventh season and beyond. There have been numerous conversations about the possible end of the series after it’s tenth season, which is currently airing, but it’s likely the show will be renewed given its continued strong numbers.
The show’s leads, Parsons, Johnny Galecki (Leonard), and Kaley Cuoco (Penny), last negotiated deals in 2014, landing major pay increases. It’s likely the cast could reach Friends levels of income, at $1 million per episode, plus money from the series being popular in syndication on TBS.
There has been plenty of development on the original series about Sheldon’s childhood, giving a potential spinoff the groundwork to develop the seres from.
Lorre currently has two series on the air — Big Bang and Mom — with two others in the works, including Netflix’s upcoming Disjointed with Kathy Bates and Bonfire of the Vanities for Amazon. He is repped by UTA.
Prady is currently only working on Big Bang but in the past, he’s helped develop, produce, and write series like The Muppets, Related, and Gilmore Girls. He’s repped by The Rothman Brecher Agency.
Parsons made it big on Big Bang and has since gone on to appear in several hit projects, like the HBO TV movie The Normal Heart, The Muppets, and a voice in the DreamWorks film Home. He’ll next be seen in the buzzy film Hidden Figures. He’s repped by CAA and Principal Entertainment LA.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor