The biggest comedy series on television is getting an offshoot. I’ve learned that CBS is in negotiations for The Big Bang Theory spinoff titled Sheldon, after one of the main characters on the original series played by Emmy winner Jim Parsons.

Details of the new series are being kept under wraps, but I hear it is a prequel, described as a Malcolm in the Middle-esque single-camera family comedy centered on the child prodigy Sheldon character at age 12. I hear the project, which is yet to be written, is getting a pilot order, though sources suggest that it is considered a shoo-in for a series pickup for next season. I hear Sheldon is produced by Big Bang co-creator/executive producer Chuck Lorre, executive producer/show runner Steve Molaro and Parsons. Big Bang co-creator/exec producer Bill Prady also is expected to be involved in some capacity.


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