Young Sheldon Season 2 Is Bringing In Another Child Genius

Young Sheldon is gearing up for a second season over at CBS and we're starting to see some news about the new episodes trickling down the pipeline. According to the network, Young Sheldon should have a very interesting premiere. In fact, the show will be bringing in another short-statured genius to shake up the plot a little. And the show has found the perfect actress to take on the role in Gifted's McKenna Grace.

Mckenna Grace in young Sheldon Season 2 episode

(Image credit: Photo courtesy of CBS.)

If you've seen the Chris Evans starrer Gifted, you already should know that McKenna Grace played a special kid who just so happened to be a math genius. She handles the role really well in the movie, so it's easy to see why Young Sheldon might have wanted her for a similar character. Grace's new character on the CBS comedy, Paige, will appear in the Season 2 premiere "A Rival Prodigy and Sir Isaac Neutron." She'll interact with Dr. Sturgis and even have a playdate with Sheldon Cooper, and as the official image from CBS shows, she's certainly the type of kid to try hard and raise her hand in academic settings. Obviously, Sheldon will feel "threatened" by this, and we'll have to wait and see how the episode pans out.

No matter how the episode ends up going, McKenna Grace is currently only listed for one episode of the newer comedy series. In fact, CBS also announced that Episode 2, "A Crisis of Faith and Octopus Aliens," will shift Young Sheldon back into its normal Thursday night timeslot and will be more Mary-focused. The episode is set to follow the character dealing after her "faith is shaken by a tragedy," which doesn't sound nearly as comedic. Of course, Young Sheldon has thrived so far on telling more personal stories, and in this case, it sounds like Sheldon will be "an ally" for Mary.

As a sister series to The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon has the unique opportunity to introduce characters us to characters who could appear in the final season of the long-running comedy, and we know that will be happening again with an appearance from Tam on The Big Bang Theory during the new season. The show has crossed over other characters and stories already, as well. The back and forth on both shows is somewhat unique to television, and we can't wait to see how Season 2 pans out--especially considering this season will be the last time both shows are on the air simultaneously.

Plus, finally I can say we won't have too much longer to wait for those new episodes. Young Sheldon will return to CBS' schedule for a special preview episode on Monday, September 24 at 8 p.m. ET. The show will be back later that week for its second episode, which will hit the schedule on Thursday, September 27 at 8:31 p.m. ET, according to the network. To find out when all of your other network favorites are returning to the schedule, please pop over to our Fall TV Premiere Schedule.

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