Sebastian Maniscalco is making headlines in the betting role on the HBO series How to be a Bookie.


As the appetite for sports betting booms with the zoom of legalization, so does the desire for more content.

And those hoping for the digital platforms to get moving will be happy for the latest news.

HBO Max is serving up a new sportsbook series on a golden platter, helmed by comedian Sebastian Maniscalco.

Written and produced by Chuck Lorre and Nick Bakay, How to Be a Bookie will be an eight-episode betting series on HBO Max centered on Maniscalco, who plays a California bookie.

“A veteran bookie (Maniscalco) struggles to survive the imminent legalization of sports betting, increasingly unstable clients, family, co-workers and a lifestyle that throws him around every corner of Los Angeles, high and low,” reads the show’s tagline .

Maniscalco, a native of Arlington Heights, Illinois, went to northern Illinois and is a lifelong Bears fan.

The 49-year-old stand-up comedian was also a guest player at College GameDay for Ohio State vs. Michigan last year.

“It’s an incredible honor to work with someone from Chuck’s family tree and alongside Nick Bakay,” said Maniscalco said in a statement.

“You’ve put together a truly remarkable script. And now to be in the family with Warner Bros. Television and HBO Max putting out some of the most compelling stories on television and streaming, I just couldn’t be more excited.”

Bakay and Lorre have worked together on a handful of home comedies in the past, including Young Sheldon and Two and a Half Men.

There’s no official word on the release date of How to be a Bookie.

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