Laurie Metcalf Likes Making Mary Cooper A Family Affair

a954ada24381adcd7ec8729853a24a4a092a59a5We always look forward to stories on The Big Bang Theory that involves Sheldon Cooper’s mother, Mary, since it means we get to see more of the excellent Laurie Metcalf. She’s so good on the show, she even got an Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Guest Actress category last year. (It was one of three nominations she received last year, and she’s already got three Emmys on her shelf!) This season, though, her appearances on The Big Bang Theory are even more interesting, since Mary Cooper is a regular character on the Young Sheldon spinoff, where she’s played by Metcalf’s own “spinoff” — her daughter, Zoe Perry. (Click on the media bar below to hear Laurie Metcalf)

The Big Bang Theory airs Thursday nights at 8/7c, followed by Young Sheldon at 8:30/7:30c on CBS.

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Why ‘Young Sheldon’ Doesn’t Look Like A Chip Off The Old ‘Bang’ Block

YOUNG SHELDONWhen it was announced that there would be a spinoff of The Big Bang Theory, most people assumed it would look and feel like the original — specifically, a traditional four-camera sitcom shot in front of a live studio audience. After all, that’s the way creator/writer/producer Chuck Lorre has shot all of his shows, so why would Young Sheldon be different? Well, as it turns out, it is different. It’s a one-camera comedy with no studio audience, and Lorre explained to us the rationale behind his decision to shoot Young Sheldon differently. (Click on the media bar below to hear Chuck Lorre)

Young Sheldon follows The Big Bang Theory, Thursday nights at 8:30/7:30c on CBS.

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It’s No ‘Wonder’ Chuck Lorre Found Inspiration For ‘Young Sheldon’

YOUNG SHELDONThey’re both single-camera comedies. They both take place in the past. And they’re both narrated by an adult version of the main character. So it’s no wonder that, when we spoke to Chuck Lorre about Young Sheldon, he told us he was inspired by another classic comedy, The Wonder Years.

Young Sheldon airs Thursday nights at 8:30/7:30c on CBS.

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How ‘Young Sheldon’ Mom Zoe Perry Channels Her ‘Big Bang’ Counterpart

zoe-perry-as-mary-in-young-sheldon_xc2f640Young Sheldon had a lot going for it when it premiered on CBS. Obviously, there was the familiarity with the title character, Sheldon Cooper (before he was a doctor!). And of course, the show came from the same team that produces The Big Bang Theory. To us, though, the show’s proverbial ace in the hole is the casting. While the kids are great, the truly inspired casting choice is Zoe Perry, who plays Sheldon’s mother. Part of that is the fact that Perry is a very talented actress. The other part is that her mother is Emmy winner Laurie Metcalf, who plays “old Sheldon’s” mother on The Big Bang Theory. Perry told us that the genetic connection certainly helps her draw similarities to her mom’s version of the character, but she’s also trying to bring something of her own to the younger version of Mary Cooper. (Click on the media bar below to hear Zoe Perry)

Young Sheldon airs Thursday nights at 8:30/7:30c, after The Big Bang Theory on CBS.

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That’s a Wrap: The Week in TV News

ami_391x210-391x210– What will American Idol look like when it returns to ABC? We got another clue this week as country superstar Luke Bryan has signed on to be a judge alongside Katy Perry. Though a number of names have been out there, the third (and possibly fourth) judge spot(s) have not been confirmed.

– Saturday Night Live has added three new faces to the cast. Chris Redd, who starred with Andy Samberg in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, along with Chicago improv comedian Luke Null and SuperMansion and Bratz voice-over artist Heidi Gardner will all be featured players on the upcoming season.

– David S. Pumpkins is returning to SNL, and we’ve got questions. The popular Tom Hanks-starring sketch will return for a Halloween themed animated half-hour special. Hanks will reportedly voice the titular character, with Bobby Moynihan, Mikey Day, Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage and SNL writer Streeter Seidell also voicing characters.

– That didn’t take long. After Monday’s preview episode opened to huge ratings, CBS gave a full-season pickup to Young Sheldon. The show will officially return to the CBS schedule beginning Thursday, Nov. 2 in the 8:30PM time slot after CBS’ commitment to Thursday Night Football ends.

– Though Larry David is working on the upcoming season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, he offered some hope that another would follow. David told USA Today, “I’ll probably start thinking about another season. It won’t be six years.”

– The Underworld franchise is heading to the small screen. Len Wiseman and his Sketch Films production company will develop the series. Wiseman told Deadline, “The series will be a pretty big departure from the films. I don’t want to say it’s more adult, but it’s definitely less comic book in its tone and character.”

– Natascha McElhone is going from the first lady to The First. According to Deadline, McElhone, who current stars opposite Kiefer Sutherland on Designated Survivor, will join the cast of the new Sean Penn astronaut-based series. She’s expected to exit Designated Survivor later this year.

– Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey is staying in the MTV family. According to the Hollywood Reporter, he’s already been scooped up for a role in the third season of Scream. The latest chapter centers on an aspiring football star (RJ Cyler) whose life gets turned upside down when a killer uses his secrets against him. Posey will play Shane, a drug-dealing high school dropout in the new season.

– Will & Grace is back on NBC, and TV Line has scoop on two guest stars. Leslie Jordan will return as Karen’s nemesis Beverley Leslie in an episode later this year, while New Girl star Max Greenfield will also appear in an undisclosed role.

– Sanaa Lathan will retur on the upcoming season Showtime’s The Affair. Deadline reports that Lathan will play Janelle, a principal of a charter school where Noah (Dominic West) teaches who catches his eye.

– EW reports that former Good Wife star Archie Panjabi will be back on CBS for an episode of Bull. Panjabi will play Arti Cander, an Oxford educated former Washington D.C. lobbyist who is Bull’s British equivalent. The episode will air in November.

– CBS has signed a development deal with Cedric the Entertainer, and Deadline reports that the first project is a firefighter comedy titled Ladder 54. Cedric will play the captain of the firehouse.

– HBO has announced an Oct. 20 premiere date for the second season of The Tracey Ullman Show. The sketch comedy series is slotting in at the 11PM time slot.

– NBC has given the green light for a second season of Marlon.

– The Late Late Show host James Corden will return to host the Hollywood Film Awards for the third straight year. This year’s ceremony takes place Nov. 5 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

– HBO has circled Dec. 4 on the calendar for the debut of John Maggio‘s documentary, The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee. The film centers on the legendary Washington Post editor.