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 The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon Cooper is set for his own spin-off series.

According to Variety, Warner Bros. TV and CBS are in the very early stages of developing the show. However, the character's famous friends Leonard Hofstadter, Howard Wolowitz, Raj Koothrappali and Penny will not feature in the proposed programme. Instead, it will focus on Sheldon's younger years, telling the story of how he grew up in Texas before moving to Los Angeles. It's reported that Big Bang Theory's Steve Molaro will write the script, while actor Jim Parsons - who plays Sheldon - will produce the series with Chuck Lorre.

Big Bang co-creator and executive producer Bill Prady is also tipped to be on board with the project too. Sheldon's strict Christian upbringing in the Lone Star state has often been mentioned in the Big Bang Theory.

His mother - played by Laurie Metcalfe - is a regular fixture on the show too and even won an Emmy nomination for her recurring role. Parsons currently banks some $1 million per episode on the show, however, he won't be taking home quite as big a pay cheque from the new series - at least not until it establishes itself. Warner Bros. TV and CBS are yet to confirm or deny the reports.

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