The dynamic duo of Charlie Sheen and Chuck Lorre is set to make a return as Sheen joins Chuck Lorre’s HBO Max series, “How to Be a Bookie.”
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Sources have confirmed to Variety that Sheen will have a recurring role in the upcoming HBO Max series (soon to be renamed Max). The show, starring Sebastian Maniscalco, received a series order in October.
Representatives for Warner Bros. Television and HBO Max have chosen not to provide a comment at this time.
This reunion marks the revival of a creative partnership that initially thrived on the hit CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men.” Lorre co-created and served as an executive producer for the show, with Sheen taking on a starring role. Sheen’s performance on the series earned him four Emmy nominations, but his departure in the eighth season, marked by a very public meltdown that included his famous “tiger blood” interview with ABC News and a stint in drug rehab, became a notable chapter in the series’ history. Following this, Sheen made numerous disparaging comments about Lorre, leading to Lorre’s decision to write off Sheen’s character on “Two and a Half Men.” It was only revealed in the series finale that Sheen’s character wasn’t truly dead but met his demise when a piano fell on his head.
Charlie Sheen is represented by Gersh, Atlas Artists, and Mosley & Associates.
“How to Be a Bookie” has been greenlit for an eight-episode run. The series, co-created by Chuck Lorre and Nick Bakay, features Sebastian Maniscalco as the central character, Danny, a veteran bookie grappling with the challenges brought about by the impending legalization of sports gambling. He must navigate the waters of increasingly erratic clients, family, colleagues, and a whirlwind Los Angeles lifestyle that takes him through its high and low points.
The ensemble cast also includes Omar J. Dorsey, Andrea Anders, Vanessa Ferlito, and Jorge Garcia.
Executive producers for the series include Lorre, Bakay, and Maniscalco, with Judi Marmel also taking on an executive producer role. Warner Bros. Television serves as the studio, and Chuck Lorre Productions maintains an overall deal with WBTV.
Sheen’s casting was first reported by Deadline.