"The Military Miniaturization" -- Pictured: Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons). Colonel Williams (Dean Norris), an Air Force repres
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So this Big Bang Theory prequel has been getting talked up for a while, and today CBS president and CEO Les Moonves is making it a little realer—and calling it Little Sheldon

“Picture him as a 10-year-old boy growing up in Texas with a very right-wing family, not used to this 10-year old genius living in their midst," Moonves told investors on Monday morning (via Deadline)."It’s a terrific script and we have a terrific little kid.”

Last week, news bubbled that 8-year-old Iain Armitage (HBO's Big Little Lies, the upcoming adaptation of The Glass Castle) had been cast as the young version of the character that has won Jim Parsons four Emmys for Best Actor in a Comedy since the show arrived in 2007. (Also one Golden Globe and two more nods.) Earlier reports said Parsons will executive produce Little Sheldon alongside Chuck Lorre and Big Bang Theory showrunner Steve Molaro.

The Big Bang Theory began Season 10 in September, and today Moonves said CBS is "on the two-yard line" to negotiate a two-year renewal totaling 48 episodes.

Next, flash back to 2007 and watch Kaley Cuoco talk up Big Bang and her co-star/future boyfriend Johnny Galecki: