Mischa Barton is reportedly hospitalized under a 5150 and The CW show The Beautiful Life that she is starring on is due to start production next week. So the question is, will the show wait for her to get better or look for the next model? According to EW’s Michael Aussielo
the show is moving to plan B in case she isn’t ready to return to work next week.
Said plan involves the addition of a new female character to fill the void left by Barton. While not a direct recast, the new recurring character — tentatively named Jane — would bear a striking resemblance to Barton’s experienced supermodel, Sonja Stone. Casting is underway.
While I would not wish her situation on anyone, I wouldn’t miss her on the show and the show wouldn’t miss anything by not having her. The show is more about the younger models and in ways her character just doesn’t fit in and could easily be replaced or removed from the runway.
I really hope her situation doesn’t effect the popularity of the show because I am really looking forward to watching this show after seeing the pilot!