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OTRC: Kathy Bates to play Charlie Sheen's character on 'Two and a Half Men'

Charlie Sheen appears in an undated promotional photo for 'Two and a Half Men.' / Kathy Bates appear in an undated photo for the NBC series 'Harry's Law.' (NBC)

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, instead it will be Academy Award-winner Kathy Bates. Warning: Spoilers ahead.

Bates will guest star as the ghost of Charlie Harper on the April 30 episode, according to a statement from CBS. 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 known for 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."

Sheen's character, a wealthy womanizer, was killed off at the beginning of the ninth season, which premiered in September. Ashton Kutcher then made his debut on the CBS show as a new character, a millionaire internet mogul, who often appears nude on screen, in what appears to be an ongoing gag.

Sheen was famously axed from "Two and a Half Men" in March 2011 after he ranted and rambled against its co-creator and other producers on the air and on the web. During his rants, the actor coined what would become catchphrases among his fans, namely "Duh, winning!" and "Tiger Blood." His meltdown followed a rehab stint and months of personal turmoil.

He filed a $100 lawsuit over his firing. In September, Sheen reached a settlement with Warner Bros. and Lorre over the matter.

Sheen has been promoting his new FX sitcom "Anger Management," which is based on the 2003 comedy film and 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. At the Fox Network Television Critics Association party in January, Sheen claimed that he is "not crazy anymore."

In the series, Sheen will be playing a revamped version of Jack Nicholson's character, 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."

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