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CBS announces 'Big Bang Theory' spinoff 'Young Sheldon'

By Karen Butler
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Actor Jim Parsons arrives on the red carpet for the 89th annual Academy Awards on February 26. CBS has ordered a spinoff of Parsons' sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" featuring 9-year-old Sheldon. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/088076e22a078abe53b070cde8198784/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Actor Jim Parsons arrives on the red carpet for the 89th annual Academy Awards on February 26. CBS has ordered a spinoff of Parsons' sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" featuring 9-year-old Sheldon. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

March 13 (UPI) -- CBS announced a new series, a comedy about 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper called Young Sheldon, will debut in the 2017-2018 season.

Jim Parsons plays grown-up Sheldon on the network's hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

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The spinoff, Young Sheldon, is set to debut in the fall with Iain Armitage playing the title character.

Created by Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro, the new show will follow Sheldon as a child living with his family in East Texas and going to high school.

Jon Favreau is directing/executive producing the first episode, and Parsons will narrate the series as the adult Sheldon.

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