Thursday, July 25, 2024

Calling All Casting Agents: “Big Bang Theory” Spinoff Hunt is On for an 8 to 11 Year Old Sheldon


Looks like it’s happening– The Big Bang Theory is getting a retro flashback spin off series about Sheldon as lad in East Texas.

The call goes out this morning for an 8 to 11 year old to play young Sheldon Cooper, aka Jim Parsons. “Socially awkward. A once in a generation genius. He lives in East Texas, although he has chosen to have no accent. “Short tempered,
outspoken. Confident in his intelligence to the point of arrogance. He doesn’t make friends easily or at all. He struggles to read social cues and adhere to social protocols.”

Hmmm….Well, turns out Jim Parsons is getting an Executive Producer credit from Chuck Lorre and CBS. This means if the show goes– and a pilot will be shot for next fall– Parsons will become a rich, rich man, richer than he is now thanks to Sheldon.

Presumably “The Sheldon Project”– written by Steve Molaro– will be about something else besides a small boy. Like say, his unusual parents, friends, and relatives. Young Sheldon won’t have Penny and Leonard and his adult pals, so to make it work they’ve got come up with a new community. That’s not so easy. This would be like if producers tried to create Rose’s Norwegian family from “Golden Girls.” Sometimes these things are best left to the imagination.

Stay tuned….

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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