Sheldon Cooper fans have no need to worry because they will surely see the awkward physicist in one form or another even if "The Big Bang Theory" does not end up getting an 11th season renewal. A prequel series revolving around Jim Parsons' character has been ordered, with a premiere set for the 2017 to 2018 broadcast season.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS has given the prequel series, titled "Young Sheldon," a straight-to-series order. Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro will be working the strings again behind the scenes, with Parsons on board as an executive producer and narrator.
Iain Armitage, who is known for his stint on "Big Little Lies," will play a 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper. Laurie Metcalf's daughter, Zoe Perry, is set to portray Sheldon's mother, Mary--a role originated by the former. The series will be set in East Texas and will revolve around Sheldon's life as he goes to high school. "The Big Bang Theory" has referenced Sheldon's childhood more than once, and seeing it come to life will definitely be a treat for fans.
Lance Barber, Raegan Revord and Montana Jordan have all signed on for yet-unknown roles. However, the publication reports that Barber is expected to play Sheldon's father, George, while Jordan will portray Sheldon's older brother, George Jr. Revord will apparently play Missy, Sheldon's twin sister, who was played by Courtney Henggeler on an episode of "The Big Bang Theory."
As for the future of "The Big Bang Theory," contract negotiations were already being made last month, with salary increases set for a few cast members. More recently, CBS CEO Les Moonves revealed during an investor gathering that talks were "on the two yard line" for two more seasons (via Deadline).
"Young Sheldon" does not have a specific premiere date as of yet, although it is scheduled to air during the 2017 to 2018 broadcast season. The pilot episode will be directed by Jon Favreau, who is known for his work on "Iron Man" and "The Jungle Book."