Bookie Renewed for Season 2 at Max

Never bet against Chuck Lorre. The sitcom titan’s latest comedy, Bookie, has been renewed for Season 2 at Max.

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The pickup comes two weeks after the Sebastian Maniscalco-led series wrapped its eight-episode freshman run. Maniscalco executive-produces, along with co-creators Lorre and Nick Bakay.

“We couldn’t be more excited that Max listened to their gut, paid the juice, and let it ride on Season 2 of Bookie,” Lorre and Bakay said Friday. Added EVP of HBO programming and Max comedy head Amy Gravitt: “The collaboration between Chuck and Sebastian has proven to be a winning hand, and we’re looking forward to continuing the story with this incredibly talented cast and crew.”

Warner Bros. Television Group chairman and CEO Channing Dungey also released a statement: “There’s no doubt that Chuck and Nick’s Bookie

won big this season as they took us on a hilarious ride into the underbelly of illegal sports gambling, featuring a cast led by another dynamic duo: Sebastian Maniscalco and Omar J. Dorsey,” she said. “I’m looking forward to watching more of their antics in Season 2. Congratulations to the entire cast and crew, and thanks to our partners at Max.” 

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Bookie centers on Maniscalco’s Danny, and picks up just as “the potential legalization of sports gambling in California threatens to upend his business for good,” according to the official logline. “Alongside best friend and former NFL player Ray (Queen Sugar‘s Dorsey), side-hustling sister Lorraine (NCIS: New Orleans’ Vanessa Ferlito) and reluctantly reformed drug dealer Hector (Lost’s Jorge Garcia), Danny must contend with his increasingly unstable clients as he tries to settle their debts – all while making plenty of risky bets of his own.”

Andrea Anders (That ’90s Show) and Maxim Swinton (Fleishman Is in Trouble) co-star as Danny’s wife Sandra and his stepson, Anthony.

The series launched on Nov. 30, and made headlines for reuniting Lorre with star Charlie Sheen, who played a heightened version of himself in two Season 1 episodes. Furthermore, the premiere reunited Sheen with Two and a Half Men co-star Angus T. Jones, who together recreated a scene from Men’s 2003 pilot.

“It was really healing,” Lorre told TVLine of the experience. “It really felt good. It felt like we were closing the book on some horrible times, and we had a good time.

“And having Angus be part of it… Angus put acting behind after Two and a Half Men, and he just slipped right [back] into it,” Lorre noted at the time. “It was second nature to him. He was a skillful actor at 10 years old, and he was equally skillful at 30.”

A timetable for Bookie‘s Season 2 release has not been determined as of press time.

Are you looking forward to another season of Bookie? Let us know what you thought of Season 1 in the comments.

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