Charlie Harper is worth more dead than alive — at least to Emmy voters.
Kathy Bates, who did a guest role as the cigar-smoking ghost of the former lead character of the hit CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men," won TV's most-coveted statuette at Saturday's Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Harper, the irrepressible playboy once at the center of the show, was played by Charlie Sheen, who exited in 2011 after a long string of personal troubles and an acrimonious dispute with producers.
The Creative Arts ceremony is a precursor to the Primetime Emmys, which will be telecast on ABC on Sept. 23. Certain acting prizes are bestowed at the Creative Arts awards along with nods in technical achievements such as makeup, casting, editing and hairstyling.
At Saturday's ceremony, the most-lauded network was HBO, which took home 17 awards, followed by CBS (13). HBO's "Game of Thrones," the fantasy series based on the novels by George R.R. Martin, was the most-decorated show, with six prizes including for makeup, visual effects and costumes. "Thrones" is also up for multiple awards Sept. 23, including the drama prize, competing against "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad" and other series.