In what represents a potentially major venue to showcase the world of the gifted and talented, actor Jim Parsons, who plays Dr. Sheldon Cooper on CBS’ Big Bang Theory, is collaborating with Radical Media to executive produce a new television series titled Prodigies, based on a popular YouTube series. The series will showcase the lives and accomplishments of exceptionally gifted and talented young people as they navigate their various talent domains.
Said Parsons in a press release: “I knew within a few minutes of viewing my first episode of Prodigies that I wanted to be a part of the team bringing the digital series to a wider audience via television, spending time with these geniuses, these children, soaring and struggling with their gifts and their talents is inspiring and entertaining in a way that great television is. Prodigies reveals something about the human spirit with such joy and insight, which is why it achieved such a passionate following on the Internet. I think there are many more people out there that will find this irresistible, like I do.”
Parsons and his producing partner Todd Spiewak (through their production company Wonderful Productions, LLC) along with Radical Media will be pitching the series to broadcast and cable media outlets. They plan to attend Realscreen Magazine’s annual summit in Washington, DC later this month, where reality-based television producers are given an opportunity to pitch projects.
See an example of the YouTube series below.