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The Big Bang Theory - Sheldon Centered Prequel Series in Development at CBS

The biggest comedy series on television is getting an offshoot. I’ve learned that CBS is in negotiations for The Big Bang Theory spinoff titled Sheldon, after one of the main characters on the original series played by Emmy winner Jim Parsons. Details of the new series are being kept under wraps, but I hear it is a prequel, described as a Malcolm In the Middle-esque single-camera comedy centered on the Sheldon character at age 12. I hear the project, which is yet to be written, is getting a pilot order though sources suggest that it is considered a shoo-in for a series pickup for next season. I hear Sheldon is produced by The Big Bang co-creator/executive producer Chuck Lorre, executive producer/showrunner Steve Molaro and Parsons. Big Bang co-creator/exec producer Bill Prady also is expected to be involved in some capacity.

Sheldon will be looking to join The Big Bang Theory on the CBS schedule next season. The Big Bang Theory is now in its 10th season, last under the current three-year pickup at CBS. The negotiations for Sheldon are said to be intertwined with the license fee talks between CBS and Warner Bros. TV for future seasons of the original series. The two series are said to be designed in a way that allows them to co-exist.

CBS is looking to keep TV's No. 1 comedy series going — with a twist.

The network is developing a spinoff of The Big Bang Theory, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Sources say the comedy, from Big Bang co-creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady and overseen by showrunner Steve Molaro, will center around the young version of Emmy winner Jim Parsons' Dr. Sheldon Cooper. Insiders describe the project as Malcolm in the Middle but with a young and potentially teenage version of Sheldon. None of the Big Bang Theory cast are said to be involved in the potential prequel series.

CBS and Big Bang producers Warner Bros. Television declined comment. The project, which is said to have landed at CBS with a sizable penalty attached, will be a single-camera comedy — a shift from Big Bang's traditional multicamera format. Additional details about the project are being kept under wraps.

The spinoff comes as Big Bang is in its 10th season and has not yet been renewed beyond that. The comedy ranks as TV's most-watched comedy among the all-important adults 18-49 demographic.

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