Charlie Harper's "Ghost" Returning to 'Two and a Half Men' -- But Will Sheen Play the Part?

Yeah, right! Chuck Lorre cast the role creatively and selected Kathy Bates to play Charlie Harper's ghost in an upcoming episode

Ready for another chapter in the bizarre saga of Two and a Half Men and its characters named Charlie -- the fictional one and the flesh-and-tiger-blood one?

In the April 30th episode, the deceased Charlie Harper will take the form of a ghost and reunite with his brother, Alan (Jon Cryer) after he suffers a minor heart attack. But according to, Phantom Charlie will not be portrayed by Charlie Sheen. No, exec producer Chuck Lorre has found someone else, someone he feels is a better fit for the part. And her name is Kathy Bates.

The 63-year-old star of Harry's Law is best known for her Oscar-winning turn in the 1990 film, Misery. You might also say she's known for not looking one bit like Charlie Sheen. She's rather the sort of person that the misogynistic Charlie Harper would either ignore or insult.

It's hard not to see this as a swipe at Sheen, who back in September told Today's Matt Lauer that he'd be up for a guest spot on the show down the road. "Absolutely," Sheen said. "There's the closure. I'll be in the final episode…unless I'm really dead. There was no body at the funeral. There was no urn." Now Lorre has closed the door on even a back-as-a-ghost option.

But in three months' time, Sheen will be back on the air anyway -- playing yet another Charlie. On his new show, Anger Management (premiering June 28 at 9 p.m. ET on FX), he portrays a baseball-player-turned-psychotherapist (a role originated by Jack Nicholson in the film version). Who's been cast to orbit around this Charlie? Selma Blair will play his therapist and possible love interest; Shawnee Smith will play his ex-wife; Brett Butler will play his bartender; and Daniela Bobadilla will play his obsessive-compulsive, 13-year-old daughter.

Better luck this time, Charlie.

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