A new Young Sheldon spinoff is in development at CBS, expanding the Big Bang Theory Universe and making it the third show in the franchise. Chuck Lorre, the creator of Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon, along with Young Sheldon executive producers Steve Holland and Steve Molaro, are reportedly in discussions to collaborate with CBS and Warner Bros. Television for this upcoming spinoff. The show will likely focus on George “Georgie” Jr., (Montana Jordan), and his baby mama-turned-fiancée Mandy McAllister (Emily Osment).
About Young Sheldon Spinoff
The development of the Young Sheldon spinoff serves as further evidence that the Big Bang Theory franchise is thriving. Following the conclusion of The Big Bang Theory’s run from 2007 to 2019, Young Sheldon has successfully filled the void. Despite facing competition from streaming platforms, the franchise continues to maintain its popularity and relevance.
In The Big Bang Theory, Georgie (Jerry O’Connell), is Sheldon’s older brother. While the show initially depicted him as a somewhat clueless Lothario, his first actual appearance in the penultimate episode of Season 11 revealed a more compassionate side. Despite his messy personal life, Georgie showcased depth by taking care of his family. And, supporting Sheldon’s education through hard blue-collar work and eventual entrepreneurial success with the Texas chain “Dr. Tire.”
Additionally, he maintained connections with multiple ex-wives. They were present in his life enough to congratulate Sheldon when he won the Nobel Prize. This portrayal added complexity to Georgie’s character beyond the initial impression.
Georgie Cooper emerges as an unlikely but intriguing character for a spinoff within the Big Bang Theory Universe. Young Sheldon has demonstrated Georgie as a goofy character. He also possesses complexity that allows for more serious storytelling. Notably, this would mark the first time the Big Bang Theory Universe centers around a character outside the franchise’s typical nerdy geniuses. The potential spinoff could serve as effective counterprogramming, offering a fresh perspective. However, its success will likely hinge on proving the viability of the concept.
Chuck Lorre has maintained a prolific career in creating sitcoms. While Young Sheldon stands out as arguably his most successful project, the upcoming season will mark its conclusion. Additionally, Lorre’s other recent breakout series, Bob Hearts Abishola, will also conclude this year.