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Let Young Sheldon and other child actors off the hook

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Young Sheldon is the biggest sitcom success in a decade and has already been renewed. That’s good news for Young Sheldon but maybe not for 9-year-old Iain Armitage who plays him.

When you’re that young, you just say the lines. You may or may not know what they mean. Like Angus T. Jones, who was Jake on Two and a Half Men.

It’s a horrible thing to put kids through. The evidence on child stars later in life is overwhelmingly bad. They sometimes realize it and feel manipulated and furious.

There’s some uncertainty over whether Armitage’s contract is settled and I’m hoping it doesn’t happen. Alternatively, here’s an idea. Let kids act but only for a year. Then they have to go back to being kids so they can work on, among other things, becoming an adult.

What would happen to kid roles then? Maybe adults could play them, the way men played women in Shakespeare’s time. If that sounds ridiculous — and it does — just have single season shows. Some of those were great.

Young Sheldon is the biggest sitcom success in a decade and has already been renewed. That’s good news for "Young Sheldon" but maybe not for 9-year-old Iain Armitage who plays him.
Young Sheldon is the biggest sitcom success in a decade and has already been renewed. That’s good news for “Young Sheldon” but maybe not for 9-year-old Iain Armitage who plays him.  (Robert Voets / CBS)  

That’s Claire Danes and the sole season of her in My So-Called Life was worth eight of her in Homeland. Or this:

It ran for two season but only 12 half-hour episodes in total. I rest my case.

Rick Salutin’s video commentary appears every Tuesday.

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