Not-So-Beautiful Life for Mischa

“I’m glad I finally have a reason to be here,” Mischa Barton told The Observer earlier this month. She had just returned to her native city to film The Beautiful Life, a would-be comeback series for the beleagured actress. “New York is where my friends are. I think that even if the show was to fail after four episodes, I would stay.”

Well. How about two episodes? The Beautiful Life has become the “first casualty of the TV season” after drawing 1.5 million and then 1 million viewers for its first two installments.

Adding insult to injury, it will be replaced with reruns of the new Melrose Place, starring Ashlee Simpson.