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THE NEWS & 1 NOVEMBER 3 - 9, 2018 High Point Furniture 3 x 3 The last stand SCREEN ALSO INSIDE • Check out 'YOUNG SHELDON' • Puzzles and games • Movie releases • Home improvement shows & more THE NEWS & ADVANCE 16 NOVEMBER 3 - 9, 2018 By Kyla Brewer TV Media T V spinoffs have been around for almost as long as television itself, but they aren't always successful. However, a recent comedy has taken on a life of its own and audiences can't get enough. Iain Armitage ("Big Little Lies") stars as a 10-year-old Sheldon Cooper in a new episode of "Young Sheldon," airing Thursday, Nov. 8, on CBS. The show is both a spinoff of and prequel to CBS's hit sitcom "The Big Bang Theory," which features Jim Parsons ("Hidden Figures," 2016) as grown-up Sheldon, a brilliant theo- retical physicist. Parsons serves as the narrator of "Young Sheldon" as the genius recounts his days growing up in Medford, Texas. While Sheldon is blessed with a high IQ, he's always struggled to fit in with his average family and others in community that values football and religion above all else. He is a bona grants to elementary and middle schools in California and Texas. "To those of us involved in making it, 'Young Sheldon' is more than a television series," series co-creator Lorre explained in an official state- ment about the initiative. "At its heart, it's a story about potential. When the education of a child is supported, there is no limit to what that child might eventually achieve. We hope that in some small way, this program gives these public schools more STEM educational tools in the classroom." Parsons' portrayal of Sheldon Cooper in "The Big Bang Theory" has earned him widespread acclaim, and Armitage's take on the character has been well received, too. For his performance in the first season of the show, he won a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series — Leading Young Actor and was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout TV Star. He's also up for a People's Choice Award in the rounded by a range of gifted co-stars, from up-and-comers like himself to seasoned TV veterans, and even a performer related to a "Big Bang" co- star. Zoe Perry ("The Family"), who plays Sheldon's mother, Mary Cooper, is the real-life daughter of Laurie Metcalf ("Roseanne"), who portrays Mary in "The Big Bang Theory." Despite what people might think, Perry had to audition like everyone else and won the role originated by her mother. Perry's other credits include "Scandal," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and Broadway's "The Other Place," which also starred Metcalf. TV vet Annie Potts ("Ghost- busters," 1984) stars as Sheldon's beloved grandmother, Connie, whom he calls Meemaw. The actress is perhaps best known to TV fans as Mary Jo Jackson Shively from the CBS sitcom "Designing Women," which ran from 1986 to 1993. She is also remembered as Janine Melnitz in the original "Ghostbusters" (1984). Spinoff success: 'Young Sheldon' has heart and humor feature story Nov. 3-9, 2018 Eric Dane stars in 'The Last Ship' HIGH POINT FURNITURE OUTLET Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat.: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 2423 Wards Rd., Lynchburg 434-239-6513 THE LAST STAND

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