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New TV Series “Hart of Dixie” Review

24 Sep

I had the opportunity to screen the CW’s “Hart of Dixie” series in
advance. The hourlong dramedy, which premieres on Monday, September
26th, stars the lovely Rachel Bilson as Dr. Zoe Hart and is set in
Blue Bell, Alabama.

Bilson thrives as a chic yet gritty NYC-bred wannabe cardiothroacic
surgeon turned small-town general practitioner. Yes, she’s a bit
bratty and a bit blase about the (stereotypical) Southern town.
However, there’s something lovable underneath the tough-girl exterior.

The premise is this:  Dr. Hart lost both her boyfriend and her chance
at a cardio fellowship in New York due to her lack of compassion, her
poor bedside manner, and, her generally just not being
feelings-oriented. She is forced to make a decision and moves to Blue
Bell due to the urging of a kindly older doctor. Once she arrives in
the small town, she makes a few friends, a few enemies, a few
mistakes, and learns a couple of surprising secrets. She also does
some good, and begins to grow into the kind of doctor that she was
born to be.

In her quest to learn “to see patients as people to help and not
problems to solve,” she has her Christina Yang-esque moments like when
she snippily wonders “why everyone is so obsessed with bedside manner”
and as she snobbishly demands office staff to find her a soy latte.
But underneath that facade is a girl just wanting to be loved by her
uncaring parents… and a girl who is also feeling lost and alone. She
is essentially an outsider wondering how she will ever fit into this
tightknit community that seems so backwards to her.

Yes, it is a show that seems rife with Southern stereotypes. The pilot
episode contained a Dukes of Hazzard horn, references to the Crimson
Tide, women dolled up in Gone With the Wind era garb, a girl named
Lemon, an alligator, country music, gossipy old women, and mud, muck,
and pickup trucks. That being said, it also contained laughs, tears,
and drama.

The CW stays true to form in having a mostly absurdly attractive cast
from the hunky smalltown lawyer, the suave ex-NFL star mayor and the
annoying-but-charming boy-next-door, to the perky and pretty Lemon,
and the stunning, stylish Dr. Zoe Hart herself as a brunette beauty
with a killer sense of style. But, the show also has some real people
with real problems and, I expect, will cultivate itself a real
following.

I know that I will be tuning in again.

The Hart of Dixie premieres Monday, September 26th, on The CW at 9/8c.
Check your local listings — and after you watch, feel free to leave a
comment and let me know if you agree with my critique!

~~ Ashley Boynes-Shuck