Speaking at the Television Critics Press Association press tour, Executive Producer Chuck Lorre explained that the comedy series will be shot on a single camera, instead of playing out in front of a live studio audience.
“It’s more intimate,” he said.
“The actors aren’t having to hold for laughs, they’re not playing out, they’re working with one another.”
Viewers will also find the character of nine-year-old Sheldon more innocent and hopeful than his older alter-ego played by acclaimed actor Jim Parsons.
“One of the things we learned going in is that Jim has a magical quality,” Lorre admitted.
“When he addresses the character of Sheldon, he can be despicable, so difficult and hard on his best friends, and yet somehow he has a quality as a person that the audience forgives him. But when you take those some qualities and ask a nine-year-old to do that, it’s a brat.”
He added: “We made a decision early on that we’re going to enter his life when he’s very naïve, he’s not yet become cynical.”
The series – which stars Zoe Perry, Iain Armitage and Annie Potts – also takes a page from comedy-drama The Wonder Years.
“I never worked with narration before, and narration changes the way you write. So we looked for inspiration in shows that used it beautifully and no one did it better than Wonder Years,” Lorre said.
This article originally appeared on New Idea.