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In its first season, Young Sheldon has done a great job of helping audiences understand one of the oddest characters from The Big Bang Theory. Now, the show is bringing in a Seinfeld alum to help even more. The show has just cast Jason Alexander as someone who had an interesting impact on Sheldon during his formative years.
Jason Alexander is set to play Medford High School drama teacher Mr. Lundy on the sitcom. The science (and train) obsessed youngster will be introduced to the dramatic arts when Mr. Lundy "boldly shepherds" him into that world. There's no word right now on what will make Mr. Lundy think Sheldon is a good fit for such work, but anyone who's seen The Big Bang Theory knows that he will certainly grow into a man capable of some theatrics in his day to day life. According to Variety, Alexander will guest star on Young Sheldon this spring, when the series airs its 16th episode.
It would be difficult to talk about Jason Alexander without mentioning his star-making turn on the '90s hit Seinfeld, where he portrayed Jerry's best friend George Costanza for the show's entire run from 1989 through 1998. Alexander made the neurotic, self-loathing, dishonest and occasionally impulsive George one of the best characters to watch on the show as he often ran schemes at work and in his personal life to try and come out on top, usually with disastrous results.
While Alexander was nominated for six Emmy Awards and four Golden Globes for his work as George, he's also had a long career in the theater, where he got his start. In 1989, Alexander won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his work in Jerome Robbins' Broadway. Over the years, he's also appeared in The Producers, A Christmas Carol, Fish in the Dark and The Portuguese Kid.
Of course, Jason Alexander is mostly known for his work in comedic television, but in the years since Seinfeld he's made several guest appearances on a wide variety of shows. He's lent his talents to series such as Star Trek: Voyager, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Dilbert, Friends, The Twilight Zone, Malcolm in the Middle, Everybody Hates Chris, Criminal Minds, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Dora the Explorer, Community, Drunk History and The Grinder.
The first season of Young Sheldon has seen the show follow the nine-year-old as he adjusts to the social challenges of high school, so, hopefully, whatever Jason Alexander's Mr. Lundy has in store for him will make things easier instead of more difficult for a boy who's already trying to deal with an odd situation.
Young Sheldon airs Thursdays at 8:30 EST on CBS, and for more on what you can catch in the coming weeks, be sure to check out our midseason premiere guide.