'Big Bang Theory' Prequel Series 'Young Sheldon' Coming To CBS

The "Big Bang Theory" universe just got bigger. A spinoff of the massive comedy hit is officially on the way.

On Monday, CBS revealed that prequel series "Young Sheldon" will debut on the network in the 2017-18 season.

According to a press release from the network, the half-hour comedy focuses on a 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper and his family as he attends high school in East Texas. Unlike its predecessor, "Young Sheldon" will be shot in a single-camera format.

"Big Bang" co-creator Chuck Lorre and showrunner Steven Molaro will serve as executive producers, along with Todd Spiewack and Jim Parsons, who has portrayed present-day Sheldon for the past 10 seasons. "The Jungle Book" and "Iron Man" filmmaker Jon Favreau will also direct and executive produce the pilot episode.

"Big Little Lies" co-star Iain Armitage is set to portray the title character, with Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Raegan Revord and Montana Jordan rounding out the supporting cast.

While no returning faces have been announced to appear as of yet, "Big Bang" fans can look forward to a familiar voice. Parsons will reprise his four-time Emmy-winning role to narrate the series.

-- Erin Biglow

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