‘Two and a Half Men’ Enlists Kathy Bates as Ghost of Charlie Sheen’s Character

CBS’ Two and a Half Men has found a way to bring Charlie Sheen’s character back to the series.

Looks like the Charlie Harper character will return to "Two and a Half Men" but Charlie Sheen will not be on hand to reprise his role on the series. Photo: Cristian Krause/Flickr

Charlie Harper is coming back to CBS’ “Two and a Half Men,” but that doesn’t mean that Charlie Sheen and Chuck Lorre have made their peace.

The Huff Post informs that Sheen is not going to return to the series. Instead, CBS has announced that they’ve cast someone else to play his ghost.

Sheen actually should be pleased that Lorre hired an Oscar-winning actor to play him. But this Oscar winning actor is in fact an actress.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network announced on Monday that Harry’s Law star Kathy Bates will guest star in the April 30 episode as the ghost of Sheen’s Charlie Harper.

The ghost will appear after Jon Cryer’s character, Alan, suffers a heart attack. Charlie’s ghost visits Alan’s bedside at the hospital.

Bates, who won an Oscar in 1990 for “Misery,” is famous for her roles in “Titanic,” “Fried Green Tomatoes” and “About Schmidt.”

She currently stars on the NBC series “Harry’s Law” and had a recurring role on “The Office,” tells OTRC.

Charlie Sheen was famously fired from “Two and a Half Men” in March 2011 after he ranted and rambled against its co-creator Chuck Lorre and other producers on the air and on the web.

They’ve had fun winking and nodding about Sheen’s issues ever since, but we can’t wait to see what excuse they’ll have for why he looks so different in the afterlife.

After the firing Sheen filed a $100 lawsuit. In September, Sheen reached an agreement with Warner Bros. and Lorre over the matter.

Sheen’s character was killed off at the beginning of the ninth season, which premiered in September.

At the same time Ashton Kutcher made his appearance in the series, joining the show as billionaire Walden Schmidt.

Kutcher’s contract expires at the end of the season. The network is currently in talks about the future of Two and a Half Men, with contractual discussions likely delaying the expected renewal.

Kutcher has not yet signed a deal to remain with the series, but he said this week that he “wants to work with these guys” and was waiting to hear from “the powers that be.”

Charlie Sheen has recently been promoting his new FX sitcom “Anger Management,” based on the 2003 comedy film.

The sitcom also stars Selma Blair and “Saw” actress Shawnee Smith as Sheen’s therapist and ex-wife, respectively. The show is set to debut in the summer.

“Anger Management” was acquired by FX in November. In January Sheen claimed that he is “not crazy anymore” at the Fox Network Television Critics Association party.

Sheen will be playing a revamped version of Jack Nicholson’s character in the show, an ex-athlete who advises people on how to deal with anger issues.

The show is written and executive produced by Bruce Helford, who has written on shows like “Roseanne” and “The Drew Carey Show.”

“Two and a Half Men” has grown both in ratings and buzz in the wake of Sheen’s departure. Now in its ninth season, Men has lured nearly 14 million viewers and a hugely impressive 4.7 demo rating on Monday nights with Kutcher as the show’s lead.

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