Is Mischa Barton Dodging Publicity for The Beautiful Life?

The former O.C. star is not scheduled to present her show to TV critics at their summer press tour

By Jennifer Godwin Jul 28, 2009 7:10 PMTags
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Mischa Barton is out of the hospital, but she might not be at full capacity...yet.

According to the talent list for the CW's press day at the upcoming TV Critics Association summer tour, Mischa Barton will not be joining her costars on the panel for her upcoming series The Beautiful Life.

Costars Sara Paxton, Corbin Bleu and Elle Macpherson will be attending, along with executive producer Ashton Kutcher, but Ben Hollingsworth (who plays Paxton's love interest) and Barton (who plays snooty supermodel Sonja) are nowhere to be found.

Now, according to the CW, "due to the production schedule Elle Macpherson, Sara Paxton and Corbin Bleu will be the only actors at TCA from The Beautiful Life," but a pessimist might suspect that Barton's in no shape to headline a publicity tour, much less a major broadcast-network series.

So what does the star's absence mean for the series? Here's what we're hearing...

As we reported yesterday, Barton's character is written into the first batch of episodes, and that means that if she bails on the show for health reasons, they're a little bit screwed.

The Beautiful Life, scheduled to premiere Sept. 16 at 9 p.m., is a one-hour drama about the adventures of couture models in New York City. The show has been described as an attempt to synergistically parlay the CW's America's Next Top Model success into scripted television.

Still, as much as we love strung-out skinny bitches (we're talking about the models, not Mischa Barton, jeez), we're hoping (just a little) that if The Beautiful Life is delayed, we might see an earlier premiere for the CW's lovely midseason offering, Life Unexpected, about an orphan who reconnects with her birth parents.

Do you think Mischa Barton will make it back onto TV? Which new CW series are you anticipating most? Post in the comments!


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