THERE’S a Big Bang Theory spin-off in the works.
The show will reportedly be called Sheldon and will focus on the childhood of the character played by Jim Parsons.
Viewers will learn about 12-year-old Sheldon Cooper’s life growing up in Texas with his elder brother, twin sister, Christian mother and alcoholic father.
According to Deadline the script is yet to be written but a pilot has been ordered and it’s all but guaranteed to be picked up by CBS for a series run.
The Big Bang Theory creator, Chuck Lorre, will produce Sheldon with showrunner Steve Molaro and Jim Parsons.
The Big Bang Theory, which is arguably the biggest sitcom on TV at the moment, is currently in its 10th season but it’s not cheap to make.
It costs $US9 million to make each episode, half of which is due to the massive salaries paid to the main cast members (Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco) who each get $US1 million per episode.
With more than 200 episodes of The Big Bang Theory already made, there are enough episodes for channels around the world to screen the show five days a week for almost a year without having to repeat episodes.
As Fox News reported recently: “While Big Bang Theory has generated more than $US1 billion in revenue to date, it’s unlikely the networks will want to commit to an even more expensive cost-per-episode when they already have hundreds of existing episodes to draw from.”
So perhaps this Sheldon spin-off is just an attempt by the show’s creators to cut down on costs while still making a show that appeals to the millions of Big Bang Theory fans around the world.
Originally published as Big Bang Theory spin-off coming