Charlie Sheen is set to reunite with TV producer Chuck Lorre after more than a decade since his acrimonious exit from the hit sitcom “Two and a Half Men.” Sheen will reportedly have a recurring part in Lorre’s upcoming comedy series “How to Be a Bookie,” which stars comedian Sebastian Maniscalco.
The reunion of Sheen and Lorre comes 12 years after Sheen’s controversial departure from “Two and a Half Men” in 2011. Sheen’s erratic behavior and public criticisms of Lorre led to his firing from the show, despite his popularity with fans.
In the show, Sheen played the womanizing Charlie Harper, who was eventually written out of the series by having him supposedly die on a trip with his stalker Rose, played by Melanie Lynskey. However, in the series finale, it was hinted that Charlie was still alive. The show ends with a body double as Charlie having a piano dropped on him, with Lorre appearing on camera and saying Sheen’s onetime catchphrase, “Winning!” — just before a piano also falls on him.
Max and Warner Bros. TV, the production company behind “How to Be a Bookie,” declined to comment on Sheen’s casting. However, fans of the actor and Lorre’s work will undoubtedly be excited to see the duo back together on screen once again. It remains to be seen what kind of role Sheen will play in the new show, but his return to television is sure to generate plenty of buzz and attention.
Lorre, the creator of the hit television show Two and a Half Men, reportedly shopped around a script last year about his time on the show titled Sex, Drugs and a Sitcom. However, the script did not find a home at any studio or network. Despite the lack of success with the script, Lorre seems to be busy with other projects.
Charlie Sheen, who was fired from Two and a Half Men in 2011 after making controversial statements about Lorre and engaging in erratic behavior, has expressed regret for his actions and said that he hopes to make amends with Lorre. After leaving the show, Sheen starred in the FX/syndicated sitcom Anger Management and the 2015 feature film 9/11. He also guest-starred on ABC’s The Goldbergs.
Meanwhile, Lorre is currently writing How to Be a Bookie, a new series starring Sebastian Maniscalco as a veteran Los Angeles bookie struggling to survive the impending legalization of sports gambling, increasingly unstable clients, family, co-workers and a lifestyle that bounces him around every corner of the city. The show also stars Omar J. Dorsey, Andrea Anders, Vanessa Ferlito, Jorge Garcia and Maxim Swinton. Lorre is collaborating with his frequent writing partner Nick Bakay on the project, and the two are also serving as executive producers alongside Maniscalco and Judi Marmel.
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