The Big Bang Theory might trade on geek jargon and canned laughter, but its upcoming spinoff promises more heart, at least judging by the first-look trailer.
US network CBS revealed a five-minute glimpse at Young Sheldon at their Upfronts presentation in New York on Thursday.
— YOUNG SHELDON (@YoungSheldon) May 17, 2017
The series, a prequel to Seven’s hit sitcom, follows Jim Parsons’ series favourite Sheldon Cooper at nine years old, as the misfit genius struggles to cope with skipping a few grades and being bumped straight into high school.
Although the series sports a voiceover narration from Parsons – who has earned four Emmy Awards (and countless millions) playing the role for almost a decade – young Sheldon is played by Iain Armitage, who recently starred as Ziggy Chapman in the HBO hit Big Little Lies.
Parsons and his Big Bang crew recently secured two more seasons of the hit show, even agreeing to take a slight cut to their $US1 million-per-episode paycheques so their lesser-paid co-stars could get a raise.
Young Sheldon is due to premiere in the US in September, with a local broadcaster yet to be confirmed.