Jim Parsons just got hitched to his longtime partner, Todd Spiewak, in NYC and he’s one of the highest paid actors on TV (he gets $1 million per episode!) so things are looking pretty good.
The newly married Big Bang Theory star is also the narrator and exec producer for the new fall comedy series, Young Sheldon. It tells the story of a 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage) as he grows up in East Texas, alongside his parents and two siblings. Parsons narrates the series and told Entertainment Tonight‘s Leanne Aguilera about the young star,
“We saw lots and lots of tapes and we saw lots of auditions and there’s something about Iain that just popped immediately. There was no denying it as soon as you saw his face and he handles the language well and he memorizes easily, and the biggest thing of all is he’s just an excellent actor. I don’t know how someone so young acts so well. I didn’t when I was his age, but he does.“
The young Armitage said,
“We sort of buddied together and sometimes it would range from stuff like, ‘Say this line a little differently because Sheldon would think of it differently.’ ‘Don’t smile.‘”
“He really didn’t need very much help,” “In some ways, he’s too good of an actor, at first blush, with the material. He’s listening too well. He’s being too empathetic, which is really good acting but not in this case. There were just a couple things you had to curb, like, ‘I know you want to laugh and smile and be nice to people [but] don’t do that anymore!‘”
The new series premieres after The Big Bang Theory season 11 return on Monday, Sept. 25 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT before it moves to it’s own time slot on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
It’s a great lead-in for a new show but nothing is guaranteed on TV. Judging by the comments on YouTube, 2,000 give it a thumbs up and 1,000 a thumbs down. Of course, no matter what, NEVER, EVER read the comments.