Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen and creator Chuck Lorre are reuniting for a new comedy series after their very public falling out. First airing on CBS in 2003, Two and a Half Men ran for 12 seasons before coming to an end in 2015. Sheen starred in the sitcom as Charlie Harper for eight seasons before a public meltdown and a series of disparaging remarks aimed at Lorre resulted in his character being written off the series.
Now, however, Deadline reports that Sheen and Lorre are set to reunite for a new comedy show called How To Be A Bookie for Max (formerly HBO Max). The upcoming single-camera comedy, which is written by Lorre and Nick Bakay, stars Sebastian Maniscalco as a veteran bookie who “struggles to survive the impending legalization of sports gambling, increasingly unstable clients, family, co-workers, and a lifestyle that bounces him around every corner of Los Angeles, high and low.” Sheen is said to have a recurring role.
Charlie Sheen & Chuck Lorre’s Feud Explained
Sheen was, for a time, the highest-paid actor on TV. After eight successful seasons of Two and a Half Men, however, Sheen had a very public meltdown in 2011, making a number of strange comments across various interviews, including bragging about his previous drug use and describing himself as a “high priest Vatican assassin warlock,” among other things. In addition to his erratic behavior and strange proclamations, Sheen also hurled a number of insults at Lorre.
In several interviews, Sheen referred to Lorre as everything from a “maggot” to a “miserable f—ing d—-bag” to a “talentless f—ing sack of s—.” The sitcom was put on pause following Sheen’s remarks and the actor was then promptly written out of the show. Following his meltdown, Sheen would later check into rehab and revealed in 2019 that he was over one year sober. Last fall it was revealed that Lorre wrote a show about Sheen’s behavior on Two and a Half Men, but it has yet to get off the ground.
Despite the severity of their falling out, it would seem that Sheen and Lorre are now ready to move forward. It’s unclear how big Sheen’s role will be on How To Be A Bookie, but his casting announcement is part of a recent career resurgence of sorts, which includes being attached to a dramedy from Entourage creator Doug Ellin. While Sheen’s time on Two and a Half Men may have ended in disaster, he and Lorre were strong creative partners for a number of years, hopefully meaning How To Be A Bookie can recapture some of this former magic.