Mischa Barton’s new TV series postponed & she might be replaced


Preview of Mischa Barton’s new show, “The Beautiful Life.”

Mischa Barton, who was placed under a 5150 involuntary psychiatric hold last Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical, is probably going to lose her role in the upcoming CW show “Beautiful Life.” Most 5150 holds last 2-3 days, but according to the Chicago Tribune, Barton is still being held at Cedars. Worried that she won’t make it out in time for production – or that she won’t be able to handle the role – the show is quietly recasting her role.

Mischa Barton’s ugly drama may push her out of The Beautiful Life.

The CW’s new drama, about the lives of supermodels, is already preparing for life without Mischa Barton, EW reported, in light of her recent involuntary psychiatric hold implemented by Los Angeles police. Alternate plans have the show replacing Barton’s role — that of Sonja Stonean, an experienced-but-fading model, to be replaced by a different character of the same ilk (which casting has already begun for). Barton’s image was still being advertised on the show’s Web site as of press time.

Read an exclusive details about Mischa ‘partying like an addict’

The show’s production originally slated for Wednesday, was pushed back a week because of what network officials said were unfinished sets.

[From Radar]

Radar also has an account of Mischa’s partying behavior from a temporary friend she met in London during last year’s fashion week. Apparently Mischa was trying to meet new people, which is generally a good goal. But when you’re a celebrity, I would think you’d learn to be a bit more cautious about who you let see you do drugs. But that’s not the case with Mischa – she openly smoked a joint in front of Radar’s source, was in the bathroom for “a very long time,” and opened her purse in a way that let the source see white powder inside. Here are some of the highlights from the interview.

“Mischa was obviously out of control, she was behaving like an addict and I’m not surprised by the latest turn of events,” an insider — who spent the night partying with the fallen starlet — exclusively revealed to RadarOnline.com… The insider told RadarOnline.com: “I first met up with Mischa at an after party at Portland Place and she seemed like a really fun girl who was keen to make new friends. “She was a little anxious because the venue was so crowded, so, she invited me and a couple of friends to the Bungalow 8 club below St Martins Lane Hotel where she was staying. “When we arrived at the club she started drink tequila and she was getting a little edgy because some paparazzi had followed her.”

According to our source, Barton then disappeared into the bathroom for a ‘very long time’ and when she emerged she had lost her Blackberry phone … “She discussed getting some marijuana with somebody in our party, and she gave him some cash so that he could buy it from a dealer he knew.”… The party-goers then returned to Bungalow 8 where supermodel Kate Moss was sitting with a group of friends and after having a few more drinks they agreed to go to Barton’s room on the 4th floor of the hotel.

Our source told us: “When we got inside the room Mischa instantly offered us some drinks from her mini-bar before getting out her laptop and laughing at a video of Kimberley Stewart falling off a motor bike on YouTube. She told us that she hated Kimberley and Paris Hilton because they had made fun of her after her DUI arrest but that Naomi Campbell had phoned her to offer some support. After some time she went into her purse and took out a bag of marijuana – when she put her purse down I could see traces of white powder inside it.

“She then started grinding-up the marijuana on the hotel table before rolling two joints and lighting one and smoking it. We sat with her for at least an hour watching some television before we left her to fall asleep around 3 a.m. because she had a FHM magazine photo-shoot the next day. Mischa was a sweet person but she is really foolish as both her drug and alcohol consumption was very open. She didn’t seem to be able to control herself and I’m not surprised that it has snow-balled and that she is now in hospital. In my opinion she is going to need a lot of help to fully recover from what I saw that night in London.”

[From Radar]

It’s hard to say just what Radar requires from their sources, but the story sounds at least believable. Mischa’s been a known party girl for almost as long as she’s been famous. Winding up in a psychiatric hospital is pretty severe though, and I’m truly curious about why she’s still there. Even Britney Spears was only held three days. Perhaps Mischa’s agreed to stay there voluntarily at this point, since there haven’t been any reports of court hearings to extend the hold. She is the one who called the police in the first place, which makes me think that whatever is going on with her, she is at least at times thinking rationally.

It sucks that Mischa may lose her role, but frankly it probably shouldn’t be her biggest priority right now. There have been a lot of rumors about exactly what went down with her, but it seems clear that drugs and alcohol have been an issue for a long time. There’s no point in speculating what’s going on in terms of her mental health. Whatever it is, it’s doubtful it’s the sort of thing that takes a week to get over. She’s going to need some time away to regroup and refocus, which hopefully she’ll take.

Here’s Mischa on 2/19/09. Thanks to Fame

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  1. Zoe (The Other One) says:

    Drugs are bad people. Especially that meth mess.

    Can we get a before and after shot of this wacked out lunatic?

    You know I’m gonna say it again…

    Vile. Oxygen. Thief.

  2. ! says:

    Oooh alcohol and weed. BFD. The writer makes it sound like she’s a smack addict. And yes I know the person says they saw “white powder” in her purse but that’s easy enough to come up with. I’m not saying she doesn’t do it but this story isn’t all that shocking.

  3. AlaskaJoey says:

    She should be charged- with stealing Mary Tyler Moore’s hat.

  4. Ernestine says:

    I agree that this is very sad, but it doesn’t change the fact that she’s one of the absolute worst actresses out there.

    I’m sorry, but the acting thing has not really worked out for her, and I can’t honestly see her career taking an upswing after this. Her last major role was Marissa on the O.C. That was FIVE years ago.

    She needs to just buy an old cottage in an antiquated English village, grow a vegetable garden, get a Corgi or two, and read lots of books. Chill out.

  5. Bill Hicks is God says:

    She looks like Anne of Green Gables on qualuudes.

  6. Obvious says:

    I have white substance at the bottom of my purse, does that make it coke? Or sugar from the packet that ripped open and spilt. And the bag of dried leaves? IT’s the tea i plan on making later….i must be an addict!

  7. Lala says:

    stop calling her bad actress!!!! don’t belive me??? just watch her new horror/thriller homecoming!! it’s a million times better version of obessesd!!! soooooo scary!!

  8. Anoneemouse says:

    No one is ever held on a 5150 hold because of pot.

  9. adamantia claus says:

    I agree with Ernestine.

  10. Anne says:

    Mischa fans will definitely be disappointed and sad if she is off this new series but she first has to be well and recover from her addiction or depression or whatever happens to her. She can’t compose well a character if her mind and soul are not in balance.

  11. Aspen says:

    Whenever they emancipate before they can drive and do a series of media interviews in which they refer to themselves as being more mature and somehow more evolved than other kids their own age…and then they hit “it” person status with the tabloids?

    It ends like this before they’re old enough to buy beer.

    It happened with Britney. It happened with Lindsay. Who am I forgetting?

    Putting children in that business ought to be considered child abuse.

  12. tasteT says:

    WOW, it looks like someone put a hose in her mouth and sucked everything out of her..

    She has to be on meth, she is starting to get that look in the face..I saw some special on MSNBC, she has that look…like “nothing is wrong w/me, I am still fab babe!”

    all the while..WOW, where are her parents???

    she has a shrunken doll head and sad blank eyes.

  13. lucy2 says:

    If she’s still being held, then she’s either on some serious drugs, or has some very serious mental issues. Either way, she needs to quit working for a while until she can get herself together, and her family needs to step up and help her.