The forthcoming The Big Bang Theory spinoff series Young Sheldon may be on course to crossover with its predecessor. Following the full series order for the new show this past March - with the pilot episode scheduled to air later this fall with director Jon Favreau in tow - the latest iteration of the iconic character Sheldon Cooper will be portrayed by child actor Iain Armitage in the new program co-created by Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro.
Following the finale of The Big Bang Theory season 10, fans of the feel-good sitcom about all things nerdy have plenty more to look forward following word that the long-running TV franchise has been renewed through seasons 11 and 12. And after establishing American actor Jim Parsons as the cantankerous theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper for a full decade thus far, the fan favorite character will be getting his very own origin story with the premiere of Young Sheldon this fall - a spinoff that could potentially crossover with its preceding series.
According to The Tracking Board, Lorre is determined to bring the worlds of The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon together by way of a series of callback moments, though he hasn't ruled out a full-fledged crossover just yet. Far from it, Lorre is excited by the potential to meld the two series respective realities together, as he reported during the 2017 Television Critics Association summer press tour:
"We’ve discussed the possibility that the stories we tell on Young Sheldon can echo on The Big Bang Theory. 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."
The idea of meeting characters with a young Sheldon in 1990 on Young Sheldon, only to turn on The Big Bang Theory and see an adult Sheldon interact with same people years later is certainly an enticing proposition. Whether or not general viewers will be especially eager to come along for the ride, however, is another matter altogether.
With its main cast firmly in place - including Zoe Perry, the real life daughter of The Big Bang Theory star Laurie Metcalf, playing a younger version of her own mother as Mary Cooper - Young Sheldon is on track for a stellar debut. On that note, here's to hoping for the very best from the forthcoming spinoff series.
Young Sheldon season 1 premieres Monday, September 25, 2017 at 8:30pm EST on CBS.
Source: The Tracking Board