A prequel to the hit show “The Big Bang Theory” is in the works by CBS and Warner Bros. according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter. The twist here; current cast members are not involved.
Drama may unfold from this decision since it is being based on a top-rated hit comedy. Contract negotiations with current cast members are still pending according to THR. CBS Entertainment chief Glen Geller said writers are hoping to secure the cast for season 11 and future seasons after just launching season 10.
Prequels are less common for prime time schedules, especially if it runs concurrently with its “mother show” or original show it was based on. Confusion could occur among viewers watching both shows and even showrunners could run into conflict. The original show could lose the interest of viewers. “Breaking Bad” for example, ended a few years ago with the prequel “Better Call Saul” being launched in 2015. It is considered television’s second most prominent sequel. “Fear of the Walking Dead” is the top prequel airing on AMC as it followed “The Walking Dead,” which remains a hit with young viewers.
Could it be a different show in the same franchise?
Prequels are not just shows created based on the universe of its mother show or original show. There could be some fear behind the idea of a prequel for “The Big Bang Theory.” The network suspects TBBT may have a similar fate like other sitcoms such as “Friends” or “Seinfeld” due to rising costs to make the series.
Others think CBS could be working to expand the show as a franchise with fans in mind?
Fans know Texas is where Sheldon Cooper (Tim Parsons) was raised and “Pop-pop” was his grandfather of which he had a good relationship with along with being a child prodigy. Much would need to be developed if they used this as the main idea. THR claims it could have a “Malcolm in the Middle” like feel to it with the ‘single camera’ layout.
The Hollywood Reported also reported that many of the main TBBT cast members (Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, and Mayim Bialik) are seeking a raise, even though they seemed to have gotten a nice deal a couple of years ago.