HBO Max Orders Chuck Lorre Comedy Series ‘How to Be a Bookie’

HBO Max has given a series order for the new comedy “How to Be a Bookie” from Emmy nominees Chuck Lorre (“The Kominsky Method,” “The Big Bang Theory”), Nick Bakay (“Mom,” “Young Sheldon”) and Warner Bros. Television.

Actor/comedian Sebastian Maniscalco (The Irishman, Green Book) is set to star in the single-camera series, which has received an order for eight episodes.
Lorre and Bakay will co-write and  serve as executive producers along with Maniscalco and Judi Marmel. Warner Bros. Television, where Lorre and his Chuck Lorre Productions are under an overall deal, is the studio. “How to Be a Bookie” marks Lorre’s first series for HBO Max.
In the series, a veteran bookie 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.
“It’s very exciting to have the next comedy series from Chuck Lorre and Warner Bros. Television,” Casey Bloys, chairman and CEO, HBO and HBO Max Content, said in a statement. “We have been fans of Sebastian’s for several years and look forward to what these brilliant comedic voices put together for HBO Max.”
“It’s an absolute dream to work with Sebastian Maniscalco — whom I’ve been a fan of for years,” Lorre said in a statement. “To have my first project at HBO Max with such an incredibly gifted comedian and alongside Nick Bakay is the trifecta. I can’t wait to get started.” 

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“I’m thrilled that ‘How to Be a Bookie,’ from Chuck Lorre and Nick Bakay, and starring Sebastian Maniscalco, one of the greatest stand-up comics working today, is moving forward at HBO Max,” Channing Dungey, chairman, Warner Bros. Television Group, said in a statement. “This smart, subversive, and hilarious series will be the next great comedy on HBO Max, continuing the successful partnership between Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre Productions.”
“It’s an incredible honor to be working with someone of Chuck’s pedigree and along with Nick Bakay,” Maniscalco said in a statement. “They’ve put together a truly remarkable script. And now to be in the family with Warner Bros. Television and HBO Max, who are putting out some of the most compelling stories on TV and streaming, I just couldn’t be more excited.”

Final Season of ‘Kominsky Method’ Available on Netflix May 28

Netflix will release all six episodes from the third and final season of comedy series “The Kominsky Method” May 28.

The show stars Michael Douglas as Sandy Kominsky, a once successful actor who now works in Hollywood as an acting coach. In the third season, Sandy must navigate what aging looks like without his longtime friend Norman Newlander (played by Alan Arkin in the first two seasons

Complicating things is the arrival of his ex-wife, played by Kathleen Turner (who co-starred with Douglas in 1980s films Romancing the Stone, The Jewel of the Nile and The War of the Roses). The pair’s famously volatile relationship is further inflamed when she comes to L.A. to spend time with their daughter Mindy (Sarah Baker) and her boyfriend Martin (Paul Reiser).

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Lisa Edelstein, Emily Osment, Graham Rogers and Haley Joel Osment reprise their guest starring roles.

The show was created by Chuck Lorre (“The Big Bang Theory”), and executive produced by Lorre, Douglas and Al Higgins in association with Warner Bros. Television. The series’ first season in 2018 won Golden Globes for Best Comedy Series and Best Actor for Douglas.

‘Big Bang Theory’ Final Season on Disc Nov. 12

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release The Big Bang Theory: The Twelfth and Final Season on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 12.

The set will include “From Script to Screen” featurette about the final episode with behind-the-scenes and cast interviews, a gag reel, the CBS special “Unraveling the Mystery: A Big Bang Farewell,” and a digital copy of the episodes.

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Also due Nov. 12 is The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series on Blu-ray and DVD.

The limited-edition Blu-ray will include all 279 episodes with nearly 12 hours of extras plus an additional disc with three never-before-seen featurettes, including a retrospective; a premium lay-flat book with pop-up art featuring the entire cast; a 32-page episode guide with an introduction from creator and executive producer Chuck Lorre; and digital copy offer for every episode.

Tubi Secures Streaming Rights to Lionsgate’s ‘Anger Management’

Ad-supported streaming video service Tubi has signed an exclusive deal with Lionsgate to bring all 100 episodes of sitcom “Anger Management” to its viewers.

Viewers can access the show for free across 20 platforms, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Comcast Xfinity and Cox Contour.

The series, which aired for two years on FX, starred Charlie Sheen, Shawnee Smith and Daniele Bobadilla, among others. Lionsgate released the series on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in 2013.

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The show is a loose extension of Sheen’s character on ratings hit “Two and a Half Men,” which had ousted the controversial star after a fallout with series creator Chuck Lorre.

“Anger Management” had a record-setting debut on FX as the most-watched scripted cable comedy series debut.

“We’re excited to be adding ‘Anger Management’ to our comedy offering,” Adam Lewinson, chief content officer at Tubi, said in a statement. “This is just one of many popular series we’re adding to our rapidly growing library of premium content.”

Sheen stars as “Charlie,” a non-traditional therapist specializing in anger management. He has a successful private practice, holding sessions with his group of primary patient regulars each week, as well as performing pro bono counseling for an inmate group at a state prison.

Charlie thrives on the chaos in his life, while still battling his own anger issues. His life is complicated by his relationships with his own therapist/best friend (Selma Blair), an ex-wife (Shawnee Smith) whose positive outlook but poor choices in men frustrates Charlie, and their 13-year-old daughter (Daniela Bobadilla) who has OCD.

Tubi’s content library contains more than 12,000 movies and television series. The service claims its content volume is more than double in size to Netflix – approximately 40,000 hours of content.