Don’t let this new TV show go down
Steve’s breakdown: Everybody loves the Big Bang Theory but the Young Sheldon show is going to need more than a Jim Parson’s voiceover to save it.
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NEW YORK, NY: During CBS’s upfront presentation in New York this afternoon, Jim Parsons reiterated that the Big Bang Theory spin-off Young Sheldon is going to feel something like The Wonder Years or Doogie Howser. And the first trailer for the show hammers that point home, looking positively muted compared to Chuck Lorre’s juggernaut sitcom.
Nine-year-old Sheldon, played by Iain Armitage, is still a genius stickler for rules with a habit of making rude and socially awkward comments, but the punchlines and declarations of “bazinga!” have been replaced with a whole lot of treacly lessons. Armitage—best known as Ziggy from Big Little Lies—approximates Parson’s cadences, while Parsons himself narrates the ’80s-set tale.