Creator Chuck Lorre told reporters at the 2017 Television Critics Association summer press tour that while there are no crossover moments planned just yet, there will certainly be callback moments going forward.
“We’ve discussed the possibility that the stories we tell on Young Sheldon can echo on Big Bang Theory,” Lorre said. People can come into his life in 1989 and impact him and we might meet them on The Big Bang Theory 30 years later. We’re definitely discussing the ripple effect that the shows can have going forward in time, but we’re not there yet.”
BBT star Jim Parsons, who also executive produces the show, provides narration for the series that follows the 9-year-old version of his character (played by Big Little Lies’ Iain Armitage) as he starts high school in Texas.
Armitage, who filmed his audition on an iPhone while at his grandmother’s house for Christmas, said he hadn’t actually watched The Big Bang Theory before landing the part.
“It is aimed at a different audience than me…but I saw a couple of appropriate clips,” he confessed to critics.
Parsons said he was drawn to Armitage’s maturity. “We have a lot more in common now than we would have [if we were the same age],” he said. “I was not mature enough when I was 9.”
The series also stars Zoe Perry as Sheldon’s mother, playing the younger version of the part played by her real-life mother, Laurie Metcalf, on the original series.
“Genetics do a lot for me,” Perry said regarding channeling her mom. “This is my voice. Certain mannerisms come with the territory.”
One of the biggest differences between the two series is the fact that Young Sheldon is not a multi-cam sitcom, unlike BBT.
“It’s more intimate,” Lorre said of the decision to make the series single-cam. “I think the pacing, obviously, is very different. The actors aren’t having to hold for laughs; they aren’t playing out; they’re working with one another.”
Young Sheldon premieres Monday, Sept. 25 at 8:30 p.m. on CBS.