After becoming the first new 2009-10 show to get axed for low ratings in September, Ashton Kutcher’s model soap The Beautiful Life is coming back to life online. Three full-length episodes (two previously aired, one new) were posted on YouTube today, with two more set to debut on Dec. 21.

While most of the buzz around the show’s original run focused on star Mischa Barton’s off-screen woes, Kutcher & Co. are betting that the show’s TV-quality production values could make it enticing for Web viewers. But the fact remains: Nobody watched the show when it was on TV (with America’s Next Top Model as a lead-in, no less). Are our standards really lower online?

What do you think, PopWatchers: Could Beautiful have a second life on the Web? Or should Ashton just let it die already?