Young Sheldon

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November 11th, 2017 at 8:06:14 AM permalink
Wizard
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I want to put in a very good word for the show Young Sheldon. When I first heard about it, I feared the worst. The last good television spin-offs that I can recall are Laverne & Shirley and The Jeffersons.

However, Young Sheldon is good. And different. For one thing, there is no laugh track. The show is much more serious than the BBT but still has plenty of funny moments. But the seriousness of the show is what I think will carry it. I've seen only two episodes so far. In one, a refugee from Vietnam, who Sheldon befriends, tells his survival story at the dinner table. In the other, his father survives a heart a attack.

The show is voiced over by Jim Parsons, in moderation. Young Sheldon is clever in introducing events into young Sheldon's life that explain his adult personality. The voice over reinforces these connections.

To conclude, I think the writing is just as sharp as the first few seasons of the BBT. I think the writers needed a blank slate. They ran out of material on the BBT many seasons ago.

The question for the poll is what do you think of Young Sheldon?
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November 11th, 2017 at 8:55:56 AM permalink
Pacomartin
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I saw the Premier and I didn't get that excited. I'll have to watch the next two shows.

The ratings are incredibly high.

CBS: Total Viewers in Millions (average)
The Big Bang Theory 14.151 million
Young Sheldon 14.085 million
NCIS 13.160 million
Bull 10.527 million

Top Shows other networks
NBC: This Is Us 10.654 million
ABC:The Good Doctor 10.735 million
FOX: Empire 5.984 million
CW: The Flash 2.474 million

Chuck Lorre may end up TV's first billionaire. Seinfeld also makes movies
2017 Young Sheldon (TV Series) (executive producer)
Disjointed (TV Series) (executive producer )
2013-2017 Mom (TV Series) (executive producer)
2010-2016 Mike & Molly (TV Series) (executive producer)
2006-2017 The Big Bang Theory (TV Series) (executive producer)
2003-2015 Two and a Half Men (TV Series) (executive producer)
1998 Venus on the Hard Drive (TV Series) (executive producer)
1997-2002 Dharma & Greg (TV Series) (executive producer)
1997 It's Good to Be King (TV Series) (executive producer )
1995 Cybill (TV Series) (executive producer )
1993-1994 Grace Under Fire (TV Series) (executive producer)
1992 Frannie's Turn (TV Series) (executive producer)
1990 - 1991 Roseanne (TV Series) (co-executive producer - 25 episodes) (supervising producer - 24 episodes)
1989-1990 My Two Dads (TV Series) (supervising producer)

2002 Two Families (TV Movie) (executive producer)
2001 Nathan's Choice (TV Movie) (executive producer)
2001 Last Dance (TV Movie) (executive producer)

I think chuck Lorre's shows have gotten a little more serious as he gets older.
November 11th, 2017 at 10:00:44 AM permalink
Nareed
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I give it three seasons. Four if TBBT runs an extra season.

Unless it gets cancelled sooner.
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November 11th, 2017 at 10:46:07 AM permalink
Pacomartin
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Quote: Nareed
I give it three seasons. Four if TBBT runs an extra season.


No way. If a show has those kind of ratings initially, it will last at least four to five seasons so they have a good product to sell into syndication.
November 11th, 2017 at 10:57:26 AM permalink
Nareed
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Quote: Pacomartin
No way. If a show has those kind of ratings initially, it will last at least four to five seasons so they have a good product to sell into syndication.


After the Sheldon Easter Eggs are done and the ratings plummet, it may hold on because it had such high ratings at first. therefore prolonging its first run past its expiration date. they already did Prof Proton, the rocket accident, and the government inquiring about uranium (maybe he was aiming to sell it to young Putin?). there are several left, including the hamster and the CAT scanner and the paper "Magnets: What do they stick to?"

Does anyone else think it's odd 9 year old Sheldon is less childish than grown-up Sheldon?
If Trump where half as smart as he thinks he is, he'd be twice as smart as he really is.
November 11th, 2017 at 11:15:15 AM permalink
Pacomartin
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Quote: Nareed
After the Sheldon Easter Eggs are done and the ratings plummet, it may hold on because it had such high ratings at first. therefore prolonging its first run past its expiration date.


I don't think you understand the power of Chuck Lorre. At this point he is not going to let one of his sitcoms fail. He has the power to move it to the best spot on the schedule. Right now and next year that is next to TBBT. But after that he will find a good home to keep it going a minimum of 4 seasons

He did the same thing with "Mom", by getting it better spots on the schedule he could keep it from the inevitable ratings drop of most sitcoms

Mom, ratings - Chuck Lorre sitcom

1 22 September 23, 2013 April 14, 2014 #42 8.34 millions
2 22 October 30, 2014 April 30, 2015 #26 11.79 millions
3 22 November 5, 2015 May 19, 2016 #40 9.64 millions
4 22 October 27, 2016 May 11, 2017 #29 9.43 millions
5


Robin Williams sitcom "The Crazy Ones" on CBS was cancelled after one season
15.52 million "Pilot" September 26, 2013
5.23 million "Finale" April 17, 2014

But Chuck Lorre has the power to hire the best writers. The ratings may drop for "Young Sheldon" but never low enough to cancel before 4 seasons.
November 11th, 2017 at 11:21:57 AM permalink
Nareed
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Quote: Pacomartin
I don't think you understand the power of Chuck Lorre.


I understand the power of the Dark Side. Is it like that?

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At this point he is not going to let one of his sitcoms fail. He has the power to move it to the best spot on the schedule. Right now and next year that is next to TBBT. But after that he will find a good home to keep it going a minimum of 4 seasons


I'm sure he'll try. That may or may not help him.

But if packaged manure like Two and a Half Men could last more than two episodes, I suppose a half-decent Easter Egg hunt can stretch a bit.
If Trump where half as smart as he thinks he is, he'd be twice as smart as he really is.
November 11th, 2017 at 11:30:17 AM permalink
Wizard
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I put the over/under at 6.5 seasons. Yes, they already played some of their tie-in cards but once the audience gets to know the characters they will accept the show on its own merits.

The closest comparison I could make is The Wonder Years and that was an outstanding show. Probably my second favorite of all time.
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November 11th, 2017 at 11:39:00 AM permalink
Evenbob
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Quote: Nareed
But if packaged manure like Two and a Half Men could last more than two episodes,.


It's ridiculous statements like this
that make me doubt everything
you say. Two & 1/2 was one of
the funniest and well written shows
in TV history, hence it's incredible
longevity. Even going on after the
star left. I bet I've seen half the ep's
more than a dozen times because
reruns are on here during dinner.

What man doesn't want to be Charlie,
or have a free loading relative like
his brother, or a dumb sad sack kid
like the nephew, or an over bearing
mom like their mother. It hit people
in so many places.
If you take a risk, you may lose. If you never take a risk, you will always lose.
November 12th, 2017 at 7:46:09 PM permalink
zippyboy
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I've seen every episode of TBBT, and never once remember the mention of Sheldon's older brother. His cute twin sister was on one episode only I think, but no brother ever. So what's up with the brother who drove to the hospital this last week?

And kudos to the casting director who cast Laurie Metcalf's daughter as Young Sheldon's mom. And Sheldon's young twin looks a lot like the older Missy in that one ep. Well done for continuity's sake.
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