The Big Bang Theory Could Spawn a Sheldon Prequel

Bazinga! "The Big Bang Theory" may be getting a spinoff.

Deadline reports CBS is in negotiations for "Sheldon," a family comedy that would apparently focus on the childhood of fan-favorite character played by Emmy winner Jim Parsons. The project is likened to "Malcolm in the Middle," centering on Sheldon at age 12.

Now in its 10th season, "The Big Bang Theory" has revealed a lot about the early years of the theoretical physicist. A child prodigy, Sheldon Cooper was raised in Galveston, Texas, along with his older brother and fraternal twin sister by their mother Mary Cooper, a devout Evangelical Christian played on the hit comedy by Laurie Metcalf (their alcoholic father was never around). Sheldon's interest in science was encouraged only by his grandfather Pop-Pop, who died when the boy was just 5 years old.

The biggest comedy on television, "The Big Bang Theory" has reached the end of its current contract with CBS, meaning that negotiations for "Sheldon" are linked to a new agreement between the network and Warner Bros. Television for additional seasons. The spinoff's premise would allow both shows to co-exist.

"Sheldon" would be produced by "The Big Bang Theory" co-creator Chuck Lorre, showrunner Steve Molaro and Parsons.

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