Mischa Barton hits CW's catwalk

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Like her or loathe her, Mischa Barton is returning to television. The 23-year-old actress has signed on to play a major role in the upcoming CW drama The Beautiful Life, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Barton gained fame as Marissa Cooper in Josh Schwartz's teen soap The O.C., but when that show ended in 2006, Barton avoided television, opting instead to star in various indie and low-budget films. Her star remained shiny, however, thanks to the paparazzi, her choice in boyfriends, and a late-2007 DUI and marijuana possession charge.

In The Beautiful Life, Barton will play a model on the verge of seeing her career slip into decline. The premise of the show sounds like a scripted America's Next Top Model/Real World hybrid: a group of models live together in a New York City apartment. I think it's safe to say the program will be a drama. The show is being produced by Ashton Kutcher (like/loathe, part two).

Actor Donald Faison has found his post-Scrubs gig. The actor, who currently plays Dr. Chris Turk on ABC's hospital comedy, will swap his stethoscope for a gun and badge as part of ABC's The Law with Cedric the Entertainer. The comedy follows a group of reserve LAPD officers.

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