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CBS Ratings Blockbuster “Young Sheldon” Will End Its Run in May After Seven Seasons as “Big Bang Theory” Prequel


All good things must come to an end, and now it’s time for “Young Sheldon” on CBS, which will return for a final 7th season on February 15th.

A ratings blockbuster for six seasons, “Young Sheldon” is the prequel to the “Big Bang Theory.” Ian Armitage stars as Sheldon Cooper leading up to the character’s years in the original series.

It’s a little surprising that CBS and Chuck Lorre Productions are throwing in the towel now. Armitage is turning 16 next July. Even though he’s gotten quite tall, the character is still not up to the “Big Bang Theory” years. But it may be easier to stop now.

In the original series, many things happen to Sheldon’s family that haven’t happened yet in the prequel including the death of Sheldon’s father. It’s unknown if all that will be covered, or if “Young Sheldon” will end on a happy ever ending note. After all, it’s a comedy.

Armitage is joined in the cast by Zoe Perry as Mary Cooper, Lance Barber as George Cooper Sr., Annie Potts as Connie “Meemaw” Tucker, Montana Jordan as Georgie Cooper Jr., and Raegan Revord as Missy Cooper. Jim Parsons, who played Sheldon on “The Big Bang Theory,” serves as the series’ narrator.

The final episode in May will be a one hour special. You can almost bet the final shot will be of Jim Parsons, as an adult Sheldon, being passed the baton in some way by Armitage. And then it will be time for “Young Leonard.”

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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