CBS had another shot at revamping the show’s success by bringing Charlie back from the dead in the tenth season of the acclaimed hit-comedy Two and a Half Men. But it was not Charlie Sheen that returned to the show; it was actually Kathy Bates who guest starred as the ghost of Charlie Harper. Charlie’s ghost, played by the academy award winner actress, visited Alan in the hospital after he had suffered a minor heart attack. Other Hollywood stars will stop by the show in its tenth season, including Michael Bolton and Miley Cyrus.
Charlie Harper got killed in the premiere of season nine, giving the show quite a surprising twist. Suddenly, the series had lost its main attraction. Even more surprising perhaps was Ashton Kutcher’s joining the crew as an “an Internet billionaire with a broken heart”, more like a replacement for Charlie Sheen’s high-living character. Although Kutcher does not possess Sheen’s undeniable charm, he’s a welcome addition to the show. And no one can say that he’s a bad actor; he’s proven some amazing comedy acting skills so many times before; who can forget that dim-witted pretty boy, Michael Kelso, in That ‘70’s Show?!
The series is still focused on presenting the funny side of life, while tackling some sensitive issues like single parenting, love, men-women relationships, dating, getting back on your feet after divorce, family, money and friendship.
Although the ninth season did not boast an immense success from the very beginning, as fervent fans wanted Sheen back on the show, ratings continued to go up, definitely a good omen for the sitcom’s future.
Things are getting better for Charlie Sheen, too, as he’s moved on to a new project that premiered this summer on FX.
Anger Management features some other big names in the industry like Selma Blair, Shawnee Smith, Daniela Bobadilla, Michael Arden, and Noureen DeWulf. It broke a ratings record with 5.74 million viewers in its series debut, ranking as the most-watched sitcom premiere in cable history.