CBS has officially ordered “Big Bang Theory” prequel “Young Sheldon” to series, and Jim Parsons is set to narrate the sitcom. The half-hour, single-camera comedy will air next season.
Created by Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro, the series follows “The Big Bang Theory’s” Sheldon Cooper at age 9, living with his family in East Texas and going to high school.
Parsons will reprise his role as adult Sheldon via voiceover.
Jon Favreau will direct and executive produce the first episode of the show, which stars Iain Armitage as young Sheldon. Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Raegan Revord and Montana Jordan will co-star.
Lorre, Molaro, Parsons and Todd Spiewak are executive producers of the series, which hails from Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television.
“The Big Bang Theory” remains TV’s top comedy. The show’s stars are close to re-upping their contracts for two more seasons and 48 episodes, CBS boss Les Moonves has said.