Year in review: Most memorable TV cameo appearances of 2012

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TV's best-loved shows almost always have dynamic casts of characters. Falling in love with series regulars is what keeps fans tuning in, but sprinkling in compelling guest stars piques the interest of existing fans and can draw in new ones. Some of 2012's most popular television shows incorporated memorable cameo appearances. Let's take a look at the year's best!

Miley Cyrus: "Two and a Half Men"

In Season 10, Episode 4 of "Two and a Half Men," Walden (Ashton Kutcher) got a visit from the daughter of one of his oldest friends. Missi (Miley Cyrus) is a bubbly 19-year-old who never stopped talking from the second she stepped into Walden's house. Cyrus was hilarious as the young girl who flicked from one thread of conversation to the next without taking a breath, and she worked incredibly well with Kutcher and Angus T. Jones. The character of Missi was a whole lot of fun! It was a shame to see her go.

Michael Bolton: "Two and a Half Men"

"Two and a Half Men" again? Yes! Because it's so worth it. This time, though, it's for a man whose long hair was once almost as famous as his voice! Singer, Michael Bolton, appeared in the premiere episode of Season 10, hired by Walden to serenade Zoey (Sophie Winkleman) as he proposed to her. Sadly, it didn't all go to plan, but Bolton did a stellar job and surprised fans with his great sense of comic timing.

Adam Lambert: "Pretty Little Liars"

During this year's PLL Halloween special, "American Idol" star, Adam Lambert, guest-starred as himself on the hit show. Lambert was the entertainment at the Halloween party, which was held on a train, and it made for some amazing viewing. What was most fun about his role was that he didn't just stand there and croon (does he ever?). He rocked out and even had some lines with Aria (Lucy Hale). Adam's persona fit in perfectly with the tone of the episode, and fans are sure to talk about this cameo for a long time to come.

Adam Levine: "American Horror Story: Asylum"

When Maroon 5 fans (and "American Horror Story" fans), heard Adam Levine would be making his acting debut in the freaky miniseries, a huge buzz was created. Best known as a singer and a judge on "The Voice," nobody really knew if Levine had it in him to make the transition from musician to actor. He had the responsibility of opening the series, playing a man on his honeymoon, entering the asylum for a bit of creepy fun. Although his stint was brief, he more than proved he has what it takes to make it as a double threat! Now the question is, can he dance?

Denise Richards: "Anger Management"

Charlie Sheen's turbulent relationship with ex-wife, Denise Richards, has been well documented in the tabloids. However, in spite of everything, the pair remain on good terms. So good, in fact, that Richards agreed to take on a cameo role in Sheen's new comedy, "Anger Management." She played one of Charlie's many love interests, but what made her appearance so memorable was the fact that the script poked fun at their real-life relationship. Sheen is never afraid to make fun of himself, and Richards really rose to the challenge, playing the part with enthusiasm and making it one of the best-remembered episodes of the show's premiere season.
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