Is the world ready for not one, but two, sports betting-themed Hollywood comedies?
Hope so, because that’s exactly what we’re getting, as Deadline.com wrote about a show coming to Amazon sometime in the near future, hot on the heels of Max announcing their entry.
Called Sharps, the Amazon show is about a 30-something guy named Tyler Flynn with a job, a gal, and a … sports betting problem. He hits rock bottom, comes clean to his family, and then is recruited into a sports betting syndicate said to be run by “Buddy Kasper, an eccentric, possibly psychopathic professional sports gambler.”
EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, Amazon Studios has landed for development ‘Sharps,’ a half-hour comedy from writer Flint Wainess, John Hamburg, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Wendi Trilling’s TrillTV https://t.co/tN7vG3OKWr
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) April 11, 2023
The show is courtesy of writer Flint Wainess (In the Dark), John Hamburg (Me Time), Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, and Wendi Trilling’s TrillTV, according to Deadline. No roles have been cast as yet.
Meanwhile, the other sports betting-themed show — Chuck Lorre’s How to Be a Bookie — announced a surprising casting choice this week: Charlie Sheen.
Why surprising? Because Lorre and Sheen had a very public falling out a dozen years ago during their time on the monster hit Two and a Half Men.
Chuck Lorre is betting on Charlie Sheen again after their blowout feud that resulted in a $100M lawsuit over Two and a Half Men https://t.co/dgW5o9LCYt
— TMZ (@TMZ) April 20, 2023
Sheen will have a recurring role on the Max series, which stars comedian Sebastian Maniscalco as a Los Angeles-based bookie struggling to keep his business afloat with the impending legalization of sports betting in California. (Of course, this is a fictional show, as California is no closer to legalizing sports betting than to legalizing handheld nuclear weaponry.)
How to Be A Bookie will also star Omar J. Dorsey, Jorge Garcia, Andrea Anders, Vanessa Ferlito, and Maxim Swinton.
No debut date has been announced for either show.