‘Big Bang The­ory’ spinoff to de­but on CBS in fall

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“Young Shel­don” and his grown-up ver­sion on “The Big Bang The­ory” will be paired on CBS’ Thurs­day night sched­ule this fall.

The “Big Bang” spinoff, cen­tred on star Jim Par­sons’ char­ac­ter as a pre­co­cious nine-year-old Texas high school stu­dent, is one of eight new se­ries com­ing to CBS in the 2017-18 sea­son.

“It’s not ‘Mup­pet Ba­bies,’” said CBS pro­gram­ming ex­ec­u­tive Kelly Kahl, but a gen­tle com­edy in the mould of “Won­der Years” and “Doo­gie Howser, M.D.”

Par­sons and the rest of the “Big Bang The­ory” cast are signed through the next two sea­sons, a re­cently wrapped ne­go­ti­a­tion that in­cluded CBS Corp. chief ex­ec­u­tive Les­lie Moonves meet­ing with the ac­tors of TV’s No. 1 com­edy.

“I hope it goes beyond that,” Moonves told re­porters Wed­nes­day, but, he added, “I can’t make any prom­ises.”

Other fresh­man CBS shows set for a fall de­but in­clude sit­coms “9JKL,” de­scribed as hav­ing an “Ev­ery­body Loves Ray­mond” vibe with the story of an ac­tor (Mark Feuer­stein) liv­ing near his par­ents and brother, and “Me, My­self & I,” which looks at a man at dif­fer­ent stages of his life and stars Bobby Moyni­han and John Lar­ro­quette.

CBS’ new fall dra­mas are “Seal Team,” with David Bore­anaz (“Bones”) as a mem­ber of an elite Navy SEAL team; “Wis­dom of the Crowd,” with Jeremy Piven as a tech guru who cre­ates a crowd­sourc­ing app to solve crimes af­ter his daugh­ter is killed, and “S.W.A.T.,” in­spired by the TV se­ries and movie and star­ring She­mar Moore.

The mid­sea­son slate in­cludes “In­stinct,” with Alan Cumming as a former CIA op­er­a­tive who’s pulled back into his old line of work, and the com­edy “By the Book,” about a man (Jay R. Fer­gu­son) who chal­lenges him­self to live strictly in ac­cor­dance with the Bi­ble.

It’s based on A.J. Ja­cobs’ best­selling book “The Year of Liv­ing Bib­li­cally.”

Re­turn­ing shows that will be held for later in the sea­son in­clude “Amaz­ing Race,” “Code Black,” “Man with a Plan” and “Un­der­cover Boss.”

But CBS view­ers have seen the last of can­celled se­ries “Two Broke Girls” and “The Odd Cou­ple.”

Moonves of­fered his thoughts on com­peti­tors’ plans un­veiled ear­lier in the week to ad­ver­tis­ers.

He called ABC’s plan to re­vive “Roseanne” for an eight-episode run a “stunt,” then added diplo­mat­i­cally, “it’s a good stunt. Peo­ple will tune in for it.”

Asked about ABC’s de­ci­sion to re­boot “Amer­i­can Idol” next year af­ter Fox dropped it in 2016, Moonves said CBS was of­fered the same chance but de­cided the show was so costly it would need an im­prob­a­bly big au­di­ence to break even.

In other TV news an­nounced Wed­nes­day, Turner said TBS has closed a new deal with Co­nan O’Brien that ex­tends through 2022.

TBS and sis­ter Turner net­work TNT plan to launch a to­tal of six new se­ries from stars such as Snoop Dogg, Daniel Rad­cliffe and Michael Moore. CNN has four new se­ries in the works.

And TNT is work­ing with film­maker Ri­d­ley Scott to de­velop a night of orig­i­nal sci­ence-fic­tion pro­gram­ming.

Talk-show vet­eran O’Brien’s new fouryear pact with TBS keeps him at the net­work where “Co­nan” de­buted in Novem­ber 2010 af­ter his abrupt exit from “The Tonight Show” when NBC re­in­stated Jay Leno as host.

But the for­mat and dis­tri­bu­tion strat­egy for O’Brien’s tal­ents will evolve from his cur­rent Mon­day-through-Thurs­day hour. He will “ex­pand the bound­aries from a talk show to a range of per­son­al­ity-based, cross-plat­form ex­pe­ri­ences,” ac­cord­ing to TBS and TNT Pres­i­dent Kevin Reilly.

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