'Big Bang Theory' spinoff 'Young Sheldon' releases first trailer

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Played expertly by Jim Parsons in "The Big Bang Theory", young Sheldon is nearly alarmingly similar as portrayed by Iain Armitage in the new series.

It seems that everyone involved wants to distance Young Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory in its look as much as possible.

Jim Parsons narrates the series as adult Sheldon.

"Young Sheldon" is a risky concept, as spinoffs don't always have great success, but the trailer looks like it's pretty decent. It returns this fall, but CBS has already started to branch out with a spinoff that already received a series order in March. The series was created by TBBT's Chuck Lorre and the show's current showrunner Steven Molaro.

Speaking to advertisers at the network's Upfront presentation at Carnegie Hall, Parsons described the show as "a little bit 'Wonder Years, ' a little bit 'Doogie Howser'".

A heart-warming scene, featuring Sheldon saying grace at the dinner table with his boisterous family - a gang of football-loving, religiously devout, brash Texans - hints at a more sentimental tone than its gag-heavy predecessor. "We had this idea about my little nephew, who is really smart, down in Texas", Parsons recently explained on Watch What Happens Live, discussing the personal project. "One thing led to another and I thought, "This could be Sheldon", he said.

Young Sheldon will make its US TV debut in September this year but there's no word yet if or when we'll see it on free-to-air in Australia.