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While this past weekend saw the highly anticipated crossover between The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, fans of CBS sitcoms are waiting for a completely different kind of TV mash-up. The Big Bang Theory is gearing up for its first Young Sheldon crossover for Sheldon and Amy's wedding in the season finale, where Adult George will finally be introduced. Can fans expect more show-crossing moments like that in the future? Here's what both series' co-creator, and current Young Sheldon showrunner, Steve Molaro says about it.
There's no reason why we can't keep going back and forth in this weird time portal that has been created between the two shows.
Boom! No reason to worry about a future lack of connective tissue between Young Sheldon and The Big Bang Theory, because the creative teams seem to be perfectly fine with bringing the two together. I mean, it would indeed be weird if the showrunners backed off and decided to keep the shows mutually exclusive for their next seasons, especially since they're both so overwhelmingly popular right now. And not just for CBS, but for all of TV. To mess with successful formulas at this point would be to risk destroying things, but stranger things have happened.
Because the shows are set nearly three decades apart, tie-ins between Young Sheldon and The Big Bang Theory aren't exactly the easiest to put together, since most character crossovers require wholly different cast members, given the age differences. (Not to mention the fact that certain Young Sheldon characters are no longer alive in the Big Bang Theory timeline.) But the flagship sitcom is going to blow some minds with the Season 11 finale, when Jerry O'Connell's George Jr. will be introduced. That episode will also feature a return from Laurie Metcalf's Mary Cooper, and we're hoping for Adult Missy's return and more.
Fans have already seen several of Sheldon's Big Bang Theory quirks getting explained and referenced on Young Sheldon, with the "Soft Kitty" reveal being an instant standout. And we've obviously seen previously established characters like Sheldon's grandmother Meemaw and his lifelong idol Professor Proton showing up in the past, with Bob Newhart amazingly reprising his TV host role.
Just because Young Sheldon's world is branching out to its predecessor, that doesn't mean fans should start to worry about the spinoff angling towards a quick wrap-up or anything. As Steve Molaro told the audience at Deadline's Emmy Consideration event, no one is thinking about conclusions just yet.
I think it would be crazy for us to feel like there's an end-game in mind. The show takes place 30 years in the past, and we don't really need to adhere to a rigid timeline as long as Iain's growth as a human being doesn't mess with that too much.
Be sure to tune into CBS every Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. ET to see The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon, which are gearing up for their respective season finales. Check out our season finale rundown to see when all your favorite shows are ending, and then head to our summer premiere schedule to see what's on the way.