The preview for Chuck Lorre’s new dark comedy “Bookie” has finally been released and demonstrates the producer’s olive branch with Charlie Sheen years after he was fired from “Two and a Half Men.” In the preview, Sheen appears as a troubled sports gambler offering to make things right using baseball memorabilia. Sebastian Maniscalco, who plays veteran Los Angeles bookie Danny, advises Sheen’s character not to bet on sports. The trailer showcases Danny’s adjustment to expanding into the world of sports betting as California considers legalizing sports gambling.
To help his business thrive, Danny enlists an eccentric group of hustlers, including his best friend and former NFL player Ray, side-hustling sister Lorraine, and reformed drug dealer Hector. Despite a few mishaps, the crew manages to accumulate loads of cash.
The professional reunion of Lorre and Sheen comes over a decade after their public falling out, which resulted in Sheen’s termination from the CBS sitcom. Having had no contact since the incident, the idea of reconnecting with Sheen for “Bookie” surprised cocreator Nick Bakay, who Lorre contacted to make amends. The official logline describes the series as following Danny’s journey to adapt to an ever-changing world as he tries to charm and con his way to the top.
In addition to Maniscalco, Dorsey, Ferlito, and Garcia, “Bookie” stars Andrea Anders and Maxim Swinton. The show premieres its first two episodes on November 30 on Max, with additional episodes from its 8-episode season dropping every Thursday. Produced by Warner Bros. Television, Lorre and Bakay created, wrote, and produce “Bookie,” with Maniscalco, Judi Marmel, and Andy Tennant serving as executive producers.