YOUNG SHEL­DON

The Arizona Republic - - MONEY -

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.

ROBERT VOETS, CBS

Iain Ar­mitage is Young Shel­don and Zoe Perry is his mom in Big Bang pre­quel.

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