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Chuck Lorre Says Charlie Sheen Will Return For Season 2


The mother of all reunions is not over yet: Chuck Lorre said at Deadline’s Contenders TV on Sunday that Charlie Sheen will return for a cameo (or two?) in season 2 of Max’s Bookie.

The former star of Two and a Half Men showed up in season one as himself in the Sebastian Maniscalco comedy. The reunion almost upstaged the comedy itself, which follows bookie Danny (Maniscalco) as he and his partner, former NFL star Ray (Omar J. Dorsey), romp around Los Angeles trying to keep their illegal sports betting operation in play.

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“I’ve always been an admirer of his work. His work is impeccable,” Lorre told the audience. “After all this time, his chops are undiminished. It was an extraordinary experience to put everything behind us and work together again.”

Lorre’s co-creator on the comedy, Nick Bakay, said the two of them have been marveling about how their art is currently imitating the real life gambling controversy surrounding Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani.

Peter White, Sebastian Maniscalco, Omar Dorsey, Chuck Lorre and Nick Bakay at Deadline Contenders Television 2024. Photo credit: Deadline via Getty Images

“We can’t believe anybody is stupid enough to bank wire millions of dollars. You can’t hide that,” says Lorre about the scandal involving Ohtani’s former interpreter. “It’s a cash business when you are running a book. You don’t write a check.”

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“It’s so our show,” added Bakay of the controversy. “We have a lot of [bookie] consultants who were very forthright. One thing we can never pin them down on is cash.”

Season 2 presumably will show whether Danny can win back the affections of his wife Sandra, played by Andrea Anders, after his Super Bowl win seems to have torn them apart, as well as Ray dealing with the fallout of his mother’s wedding, which saw the groom seemingly die at the altar.

“Every collection is an adventure,” said Bakay of Ray and Danny. “They are in a business where they either have large windfalls or they are vulnerable to predators. There will be a roller coaster ride [in season 2], and there may be a trip to Costa Rica.

Bookie also stars Vanessa Ferlito as Danny’s side-hustling sister Lorraine and Jorge Garcia as reluctantly reformed drug dealer turned soccer expert Hector as well as Maxim Swinton as Sandra’s 10-year-old son.

Lorre and Bakay exec produce alongside Maniscalco, Judi Marmel, and Andy Tennant, who directed multiple episodes. 

Check back Monday for the panel video.



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