CBS Has a ‘Big Bang’-Sized Hole in Its Fall Schedule – Can ‘Young Sheldon’ Fill It?

Iain Armitage-led prequel will have to anchor an entire night and be a launchpad for new comedies, starting with “The Unicorn”

As he has done since 2010, Sheldon Cooper will lead off CBS’ Thursday night comedy block. But instead of Jim Parsons, this year Iain Armitage will be tasked with the heavy lifting.

“Young Sheldon,” the prequel spinoff that follows Parsons’ “Big Bang Theory” character as a child growing up in Texas, inherited the Thursday 8 p.m. time slot this season. CBS is betting that this version of Sheldon Cooper will have the same ratings magic — as well as be a strong launchpad for new series — that its predecessor did for so many seasons.

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Tim Baysinger

Tim Baysinger

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