CBS today released the pilot of its comedy series “Young Sheldon” on YouTube, where it will screen for free for five days. The screening, which includes limited commercials, is in advance of the return of the series to CBS prime time this Thursday, Nov. 2.
“The acclaimed series premiere of ‘Young Sheldon,’ which was viewed by more than 22 million people on CBS (Nielsen L+7), introduces a 9-year-old version of the iconic, eccentric and extraordinary Sheldon Cooper, a character audiences have come to know for 10 years on ‘The Big Bang Theory,'” CBS says in its announcement. “‘Young Sheldon’ gives viewers the chance to meet him in childhood, as he embarks on his innocent, awkward and hopeful journey toward the man he will become. He’s a once-in-a-generation mind capable of advanced mathematics and science but learns that isn’t always helpful growing up in East Texas, a land where church and football are king.”
The show’s second episode, coming up this Thursday, is titled “Rockets, Communists, and the Dewey Decimal System.” CBS says in a blurb for the episode: “To appease his worried mother, Sheldon employs the techniques of a self-help book to try and make a friend.”
The show is created by Chuck Lorre & Steven Molaro, and stars Iain Armitage as Young Sheldon, along with Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Annie Potts, Montana Jordan, Raegan Revord and the voice of Jim Parsons. Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak are executive producers for Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc., in association with Warner Bros. Television.