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More details on The Big Bang Theory spin-off

Executive producer Chick Lorre spills the beans on Young Sheldon.

By TV Week team
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After the success of The Big Bang Theory, it’s only natural there’s a lot of attention focused on the upcoming series spin-off Young Sheldon.

Executive producer Chuck Lorre has admitted that he’s feeling the pressure. “I’m a nervous wreck,” he said at the Television Critics Press Association tour. “It’s an entirely different animal. We have a lot of freedom with the backstory.”

Chuck also discussed the challenges of writing narration and how he looked to The Wonder Years as inspiration for the new series.

“I’ve never worked with narration before and narration changes the way you write. We looked for inspiration that used it beautifully and no-one did it better than The Wonder Years.”

The new series will focus on Sheldon Cooper as a nine-year-old growing up in Texas. Young actor Iain Armitage, who recently starred in Big Little Lies, will play the lead role.

In the trailer, the younger Sheldon displays all of his unusual quirks which we have come to love, but we are also given an insight into his home life and his somewhat strained relationships with his father and siblings.

For Jim Parsons, who currently plays Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory, the hype over the spin-off has been very humbling.

“It was a moving experience to me to see something I’ve put a decade of my life toward [come to this],” he said.

Young Sheldon is set to premiere is the US on September 25 following the season 11 premiere of The Big Bang Theory. We’ll keep you posted on when we can expect to see the show in Australia.

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