Former 'O.C.' car-crash victim Mischa Barton will now host a car show

A little while ago, we gazed up at the constellations and concluded that Mischa Barton was poised for a comeback. As our own Allie Jones suggested, the erstwhile O.C. star was just "one cable TV show away from becoming Minka Kelly." Close! As it turns out, she was actually one cable TV show away from becoming Top Gear–era Matt LeBlanc.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 27: Mischa Barton attends Barneys New York Fetes Shoe Designer Gianvito Rossi at Barneys New York Beverly Hills on August 27, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Barneys New York)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 18: Mischa Barton attends the after party for a screening of Sony Pictures Classics' 'Grandma' hosted by The Cinema Society, Kate Spade and Ketel One Vodka at The Jimmy at the James Hotel on August 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 15: Mischa Barton attends The Other Art Fair Los Angeles Presented by Saatchi Art Opening Night on March 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for The Other Art Fair)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Mischa Barton attends The Cinema Society with Ravage Wines & Synchrony host the after party for Marvel Studios' 'Black Panther' at The Skylark on February 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Actress Mischa Barton attends the season 2 premiere of 'Search Party' hosted by TBS at Public Arts at Public on November 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14: Mischa Barton departs ABC Studios on July 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/GC Images)
BATTLE OF THE NETWORK STARS - In an ode to ABCs 'Wide World of Sports,' 100 TV stars from 14 different network and cable companies will take their athleticism to a new level as they compete - to feel 'the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat' - in the revival of 'Battle of the Network Stars,' based on the 70s and 80s television pop-culture classic, premiering on THURSDAY, JUNE 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT) on ABC. (Byron Cohen/ABC via Getty Images) MISCHA BARTON
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: Actress Mischa Barton attends the premiere of Vision Films' 'Executor' at Landmark Regent on June 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 24: Mischa Barton attends the L'Oreal Paris Cinema Club party, celebrating L'Oreal's 20th anniversary as the official beauty partner of the Cannes Film Festival, at the Martinez Hotel Beach on May 24, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 23: British actress Mischa Barton arrives for the 70th Anniversary Ceremony of Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 23, 2017. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 23: Mischa Barton during the DeGrisogono 'Love On The Rocks' gala during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 23, 2017 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
WOODLAND HILLS, CA - MARCH 15: Actress Mischa Barton (R) and her Attorney Lisa Bloom (L) hold news conference on March 15, 2017 in Woodland Hills, California. Barton and her attorney held the conference to address the legal action they are taking against a former boyfriend and a sex tape that allegedly features the actress. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Actress Mischa Barton attends the Animal Equality 10th Anniversary Celebration Honoring Moby at At The P on November 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alison Buck/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actress Mischa Barton attends the Next Era Jaguar Vehicle Unveiling Event at Milk Studios on November 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 06: Actress Mischa Barton arrives for the premiere of Winterstone Pictures' 'Deserted' held at Majestic Crest Theatre on October 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 08: Actress Mischa Barton attends the Hammer Museum 14th Annual Gala In The Garden with generous support from Bottega Veneta at Hammer Museum on October 8, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Hammer Museum)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 06: Mischa Barton is seen on October 06, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG001/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Mischa Barton attends the Chiara Boni La Petite Robe fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Dock, Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Mischa Barton is seen in Soho on September 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Actress Mischa Barton attends Nolcha Shows New York Fashion Week Women's S/S 2017 presented by InstaSleep Mint Melts at ArtBeam on September 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Nolcha)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 05: Mischa Barton attends the Bulgari Celebration of Magnificent Inspirations, The New High Jewellery Collection during Paris Haute Couture at the Italian Embassy on July 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images for Bvlgari)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Actress Mischa Barton arrives at amfAR's 23rd Cinema Against AIDS Gala at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 19, 2016 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Mischa Barton attends the Stylight Awards 2017 at Admiralspalast on June 28, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Chad Buchanan/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 17: Mischa Barton attends the De Grisogono Party during the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 17, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Mischa Barton attends the 'Loving' premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 16, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 17: (L to R) Siran Manoukian, Mohammed Al Turki, Toni Garrn and Mischa Barton attend the de Grisogono party during the 69th Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 17, 2016 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Mischa Barton attends the Chopard Party at the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Mischa Barton is seen at Hotel Martinez during the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival at on May 16, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/GC Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 15: Mischa Barton visits the Avakian Suite during The 69th Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Avakian)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 28: Actress Mischa Barton attends Taste for a Cure Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on April 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 24: Actress Mischa Barton attends Safe Kids Day at Smashbox Studios on April 24, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - MISCHA BARTON - The stars grace the ballroom floor for the first time on live national television with their professional partners during the two-hour season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars,' which airs MONDAY, MARCH 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)'n
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Actress Mischa Barton attends NYLON Magazine's Muses And Music Party at No Vacancy on February 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Unique Nicole/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: Actress Mischa Barton attends the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival 'AMBI Gala' at the Four Seasons Hotel on September 9th, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
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According toEntertainment Weekly, Cooper will be a co-host of Joyride, the Esquire Network's new car show, in which she and co-hosts T-Pain, Oliver Trevena, and race-car-driver Brian Vickers team up to test-drive cool cars and see which is the best car of all time. Barton's credentials? She's a "screen siren" (according to the trailer) who apparently collects vintage Cadillacs. Also, lest we forget, Marissa Cooper had a fine road-safety record until the one time Ryan was driving. It's going to be fine!


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