New ‘Beautiful Life’ Promos, Where’s Mischa?

by | August 19, 2009 at 3:33 PM | The Ziedgeist, TV News

Sara Paxton (Richard Phibbs / The CW)

Sara Paxton (Richard Phibbs / The CW)

The CW just released four new promo photos for their fall drama The Beautiful Life, but forget the fact that everyone is naked, the real shocker is where oh where is Miss Mischa Barton?

Featured in the full size photos (below) are stars Corbin Bleu, Ben Hollingsworth, Ashley Madekwe, and Sara Paxton, but castmate Barton is noticeably missing from the group.

When contacted for comment a rep for the network said “This is just one element of the network’s marketing campaign, and not every cast member is in each piece of creative.”

After months of speculation that the troubled star’s role was being shopped around, executive producer Ashton Kutcher assured reporters at Press Tour two weeks ago“Mischa is very prominent, she is one of our big players. We are not making any casting changes at all. The cast is the cast.”

What do you think? Is Barton absent from these photos because she was seeking psychiatric treatment at the time of the photoshoot? Or did the star – who reportedly suffers from severe body issues – balk at the request to pose nude? Or, could this be the network’s way of saying without saying that this is indeed the final nail in the “Recasting Mischa” coffin? Let the speculation begin.

(The CW)

All Five Cast Members Together In An Earlier Press Photo. (The CW)

Corbin Bleu (Art Streiber/The CW)

Corbin Bleu (Art Streiber/The CW)

Sara Paxton (Richard Phibbs / The CW)

Sara Paxton (Richard Phibbs / The CW)

Ashley Madekwe (Art Streiber/The CW)

Ashley Madekwe (Art Streiber/The CW)

Ben Hollingsworth (Richard Phibbs / The CW)

Ben Hollingsworth (Richard Phibbs / The CW)