Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon Cooper in CBS’s hit sitcom series, ‘The Big Bang Theory’, has been given the green light from rival network Fox, to develop a new drama, ‘The Family Gene’. The medical drama is being developed from the book of the same name written by Joselin Linder.
While it’s being called a medical drama, it should have some light, funny moments following the lead character, Dr. Gwendolyn Langer as she uses advanced genetic medicine techniques to save lives. The storylines will also follow Evie Langer, also a doctor-a surgeon no less. The stories will take on a personal nature for the doctor sisters in the hope of solving a deadly disease they both inherited from their parents.
The drama, based on the memoir of the same name by Joselin Linder, follows Dr. Gwendolyn Langer as she saves lives in a cutting-edge clinic that brings together high-stakes medical procedures with the miraculous advances of genetic medicine.
Heroic and passionate, flawed and funny, Gwen takes every case personally — because she and her sister, surgeon Evie Langer, have found a deadly disease of their own DNA.
Parsons has the support of Warner Bros. Television, producers and big money from ‘Big Bang Theory’, behind him to develop the new show. He also has the support and assist from his husband, Todd Spiewak. The two will serve as executive producers via Parsons’ production company, That’s Wonderful Productions.
Parsons seems to be on a roll with this latest development sale. He’ll be the executive producer and narrator on ‘Young Sheldon’ this fall. The ‘Big Bang Theory’ prequel spin-off will follow a young Sheldon, played by Iain Armitage, as he grows up living with his family in Texas.
The ‘Young Sheldon’ premieres on CBS on Monday, September 25.
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