Everything is working against the goofy geek show, so its announced a Young Sheldon prequel that could prove wildly popular but looks far more likely to be a creepy, depressing disaster
The Big Bang Theory cannot last forever. At this stage, everything is working against it. It is 225 episodes old, and only a matter of weeks from reaching the point where Friends called it a day.
Three members of the cast reportedly earn a million dollars per episode now, and tend to engage in the sort of public contract-renewal heel-dragging that usually signals the start of a shows death spiral. Worst of all, Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki are both in their 40s, which threatens to topple the premise goofy young geeks live together and bond over how ill-equipped they are to deal with life into territory thats about as creepy as it is depressing.
And this has left The Big Bang Theory in a quandary. People still watch the show in incredible numbers its Nielsen ratings have it as the second biggest show in America but its becoming long in the tooth. Which leaves only one option: bring on the kids.
It has been confirmed that, later this year, production will begin on a Big Bang Theory spin-off called Young Sheldon. Narrated by Parsons, it will tell us what Sheldon Cooper was like aged nine, back when he was a precocious young genius and not the horrifying, developmentally arrested Pee Wee Herman he has since become.
You can see why Young Sheldon got the green light. Its about a wildly popular character from a wildly popular show. Itll probably be set in the 1980s, so itll come with the warm glow of nostalgia. It was created by the same executive producers who came up with its parent show. And the first episode is being directed by none other than Jon Favreau. Nothing is being left to chance here, which means its a shame that Young Sheldon will be awful and nobody will watch it and itll go down in history as a Joey-level disaster.