The seventh season of CBS’ “Young Sheldon” will be its last, with an hourlong series finale set to air on May 16th. The show, a prequel to “The Big Bang Theory,” will return on February 15th to wrap up its successful run.
Announcing the end of the series, CBS Entertainment President Amy Reisenbach commended the show for proving that lightning can strike twice and setting itself apart with a remarkable cast and heartfelt stories. She expressed gratitude to the executive producers and the entire writing and producing teams for creating six wonderful seasons and looks forward to giving the show a proper send-off.
The news of the show’s conclusion comes as series creator Chuck Lorre is developing a second offshoot of his nerdy comedy. The new series is being made for Max and was formally announced in April. While details about the new offshoot remain under wraps, the producers and original cast have been open about wanting to continue in new incarnations.
Lorre, along with his producing team, also expressed their gratitude to the fans for embracing the story of the Cooper family and are excited to share the final season with the audience. The show stars Iain Armitage as the younger version of Sheldon Cooper, with Jim Parsons serving as the narrator and executive producer.
“Young Sheldon” has been a hit for CBS over the years, becoming the network’s top comedy during the 2022-23 broadcast season. The show has been a success from the start, debuting in 2017-18 and rising to the top following the conclusion of its flagship, “The Big Bang Theory.”
The show is produced by Warner Bros. Television, where Lorre has been based with an overall deal for years. Warner Bros. owns the rights to the franchise and is the exclusive streaming home for both “Big Bang Theory” and “Young Sheldon.” The decision to create a new incarnation of the hit comedy for Max was made to capitalize on the franchise’s popularity.
Additionally, “Young Sheldon” will be joining other series like CBS’ “SWAT,” The CW’s “Superman & Lois,” and NBC’s “Magnum PI” in bringing their stories to a close during the remainder of the strikes-impacted 2023-24 broadcast season.
It’s important to note that Lorre still has the fifth season of CBS’ “Bob Hearts Abishola” remaining at the network, where he once programmed a two-hour comedy block on Thursday nights.
The conclusion of “Young Sheldon” marks the end of an era for the beloved prequel series and its loyal fanbase. While the show will be missed, it’s clear that the legacy of the Cooper family and their adventures will continue to live on in the hearts of viewers, even as new stories emerge from the world created by Chuck Lorre.