THE RUNWAY – YOUR 2017 PILOT SURVIVAL GUIDE: CBS COMEDIES

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Young Sheldon

Logline: The Big Bang Theory prequel follows Sheldon Cooper at age 9, living with his family in East Texas and going to high school.
Cast: Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Raegan Revord, Montana Jordan, Jim Parsons (narrator)
Creators: Chuck Lorre (EP), Steven Molaro (EP / SR), Jim Parsons, Todd Spiewak, Jon Favreau (D / EP)
Studios: CBS TV Studios

This one was picked up straight-to-series, so I won’t spend too much time on it. Of note, it’s single-camera and focuses on a nine-year-old Sheldon, which at first glance seems pretty young to take full advantage of Sheldon’s quirks.

We meet young Sheldon, who has skipped a few grades to study with ninth graders. He’s basically exactly the same as older Sheldon, except he lives with his family at home in Texas. The episode is mainly just a day in the life of Sheldon, as he starts at a new school.

If you like The Big Bang Theory, you’ll probably like this show. The pilot is really just a showcase for Sheldon’s various views and idiosyncracies. And while it could pair up well with TBBT, is it too much of the same thing? Perhaps that’s the reason they went with single-cam for this project, but the issue is that a Sheldon character really thrives in a multi-cam environment. But it’s harder for a child to carry a show in a multi-cam environment. Will be interesting to see post-pilot how well the Nielsens hold up on this project after the strong initial sampling, particularly if it’s paired with TBBT.

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