You did not misread the headline: Kathy Bates will guest on "Two and a Half Men" as the ghost of Charlie Harper.
Go ahead. Visualize this cameo. I tried, but...well. (And is this cool with Sheen?) Nevertheless, this sounds clever and interesting already, and Bates is a fine comic actress so....WINNING! The full release:
Academy Award winner Kathy Bates will guest star as the ghost of Charlie Harper, on TWO AND A HALF MEN, Monday, April 30 (9:00-9:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. After Alan suffers a minor heart attack, Charlie’s ghost (Bates) will pay a visit to his hospital bedside.