Will Young Sheldon Be As Successful As The Big Bang Theory?

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2017-08-31

Not all spinoffs are a success, but some are actually more popular than the original. Happy Days introduced Mork and Mindy, and Laverne & Shirley. All in the Family introduced The Jeffersons. The Daily Show introduced The Colbert Report, and Cheers introduced Frasier. Now, CBS has created Young Sheldon, which comes from The Big Bang Theory. Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon Cooper will be involved with both shows as will producer and creator, Chuck Lorre.

The Big Bang Theory | Photo Credit CBS

New Formula For Young Sheldon

The New York Times writes:

“For the first time, Mr. Lorre is abandoning the formula that has made him one of the most successful producers in the business for the last couple of decades. He’s not using a studio audience.”

“He’s relying on a single camera instead of the multicamera format that’s done him well. He’s also using a voice-over narration, from Mr. Parsons (a first). And he’s working with a child actor in the show’s starring role (another first).

“Young Sheldon” is so different from “Big Bang,” the show’s producers have taken to comparing it to “The Wonder Years” more often than the show it’s spun off from.”

“And with a show that looks and sounds so different, are producers risking alienating the millions of viewers that made “Big Bang” a hit? As Mr. Lorre put it in a recent interview here on the show’s set: “It’s got to hold its own. It’s got to live or die on its own merits.”

Big Bang May Wrap Up After 12 Seasons

The Big Bang Theory | Photo Credit CBS

Both shows will hit the network this Fall. It’s likely that The Big Bang Theory will wrap up the series after Seasons 11 and 12, but Lorre is moving over to Young Sheldon so he’ll likely have plenty of work in the near future.

Are you excited for both of the CBS shows?

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