For any broadcast network series, half-hour sitcoms in particular, the magic number to debut in off-network syndication (translation: repeat telecasts on individual stations) is 100 episodes. It is the time when the network it airs on, not to mention the distributor and the actors, are about to reap the benefits financially. So, it is no surprise that Warner Bros. sitcom Young Sheldon, which debuted on CBS in fall 2017 (and is confirmed for at least another three seasons), has been officially announced for a fall 2021 launch in off-network.
WarnerMedia has sold the broadcast television syndication rights for Young Sheldon, the prequel to the Chuck Lorre megahit The Big Bang Theory, in over 90 percent of the United Stations. The comedy will be airing in top Nexstar markets along with stations from Sinclair, CBS, Hearst, Gray, Tegna, Scripps, Cox, Meredith, Graham, Weigel, Allen Media, Sunbeam, News-Press, Londen Media, Griffin, Lockwood, and Morris (amongst others).
In addition to syndication, Young Sheldon (and parent The Big Bang Theory) are also sold in SVOD to HBO Max. Last fall, the first three seasons of Young Sheldon joined the Nick at Nite lineup on Nickelodeon.
All four current seasons of Young Sheldon, plus subsequent seasons, will be available in the off-network syndication deal.
Young Sheldon, of course, follows the life of a young Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage), who finds it isn’t easy growing up in East Texas. The logline: Being a once-in-a-generation mind capable of advanced mathematics and science isn’t always helpful in a land where church and football are king. And while the vulnerable, gifted and somewhat naïve Sheldon deals with the world, his very normal family must find a way to deal with him.
The series also stars Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Montana Jordan and Raegen Revord with Annie Potts and Jim Parsons as the voice of Sheldon. In an interesting footnote, Zoe Perry, who played Sheldon’s mother Mary Cooper, is the daughter of actress Laurie Metcalf, who appeared on The Big Bang Theory on a recurring basis in the same role (while dealing with Jim Parsons as the adult Sheldon).
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