CBS, SEPT. 25
(special preview Monday,
8:30 ET/PT; moves to
Thursdays, 8:30 ET/PT Nov. 2)
If you’re looking for the show that has the clearest path to success, look no further than this Big Bang prequel, narrated by Jim Parsons, that focuses on a 9-year-old version of his Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage) and his mother — Zoe Perry, whose real-life mom, Laurie Metcalf, plays Sheldon’s in Big Bang. The pilot, while promising, also is a shade underwhelming: It’s more sweet than funny, and sometimes more sour than sweet. But there’s no one better than producer Chuck Lorre at tweaking a good pilot into a great series, fixing what went wrong as he goes. As he did with Bang.
Iain Armitage is Young Sheldon and Zoe Perry is his mom in Big Bang prequel.