CBS are developing a Big Bang Theory spinoff that will center on popular character Sheldon Cooper, according to a report from Variety. The spinoff will reportedly be a prequel, focusing on a twelve-year-old Cooper’s formative years in Texas. The announcement is great news for geeks who like to complain, as both Big Bang Theory and prequels are extremely popular subjects of geek ire. The show, which Variety says is “nearing a script deal,” would see Jim Parsons, who plays Cooper on Big Bang Theory, executive produce along with Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro, and possible Bill Prady. The project is in early development, but is likely to come to fruition because the premise allows CBS to capitalize on Big Bang Theory’s enduring popularity without needing to pay most of its expensive star cast.
Could this mean that Big Bang Theory will soon be coming to an end? We have nothing on which to base that rumor, but we’re going to go ahead and float it anyway, just so we can tell you that you heard it here first when it does eventually happen.
Now in its tenth season, Big Bang Theory still rules the TV ratings for comedies. Starring Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Mayim Bialik, Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar, Big Bang Theory airs Thursday nights on CBS.