Hart of Dixie

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Hart of Dixie
Hart of Dixie titlecard.jpg
Third season title card
Genre
Created byLeila Gerstein
Starring
Composer(s)Jeremy Adelman
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes66 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Sarah Kucserka
  • Kelly Van Horn
  • Veronica Becker
  • David Paymer
Editor(s)
  • Brandi Bradburn
  • Barbara Gerard
  • Les Bulter
  • Jeff Granzow
  • Benjamin James Bumgartner
  • Luke Pebler
Cinematography
  • Jeffrey Jur
  • Buzz Feitshans IV
  • Robert Gantz
  • Brad Lipson
  • Larry Reibman
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelThe CW
Original runSeptember 26, 2011 (2011-09-26) – present (present)
External links
Website
 
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For the similarly named 1989 film, see Heart of Dixie.
Hart of Dixie
Hart of Dixie titlecard.jpg
Third season title card
Genre
Created byLeila Gerstein
Starring
Composer(s)Jeremy Adelman
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes66 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Sarah Kucserka
  • Kelly Van Horn
  • Veronica Becker
  • David Paymer
Editor(s)
  • Brandi Bradburn
  • Barbara Gerard
  • Les Bulter
  • Jeff Granzow
  • Benjamin James Bumgartner
  • Luke Pebler
Cinematography
  • Jeffrey Jur
  • Buzz Feitshans IV
  • Robert Gantz
  • Brad Lipson
  • Larry Reibman
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelThe CW
Original runSeptember 26, 2011 (2011-09-26) – present (present)
External links
Website

Hart of Dixie is an American comedy-drama television series that premiered on The CW on September 26, 2011. The series, created by Leila Gerstein, stars Rachel Bilson as Dr. Zoe Hart, a New Yorker who, after her dreams of becoming a heart surgeon fall apart, accepts an offer to work as a general practitioner in the Gulf Coast town of Bluebell, Alabama.

On April 26, 2013, Hart of Dixie was renewed for a third season.[1] The show was scheduled to move back to Mondays in the fall for its third season having been paired with Beauty & the Beast.[2] The show's third season premiered on October 7, 2013.[3]

On May 8, 2014, the CW renewed the show for its fourth season.[4] On July 18, 2014, CW president Mark Pedowitz announced that Hart of Dixie would have ten episodes for its fourth season.[5]

Synopsis[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Fast-talking New Yorker and brand new doctor Zoe Hart has it all figured out—after graduating top of her class from medical school, she'll follow in her father's footsteps and become a cardio-thoracic surgeon. But when her dreams fall apart, Zoe decides to accept an offer from a stranger, Dr. Harley Wilkes, to work with him at his small practice in Bluebell, Alabama. Zoe arrives in this small Gulf Coast town only to find that Harley has passed away and left his half of the medical practice to her in his will.

She quickly finds that Southern hospitality isn't always so hospitable—the other doctor in town, Brick Breeland, is less than pleased to be sharing the practice with this young outsider, and his daughter, Lemon, is a Southern belle whose sweet disposition turns sour when she meets Zoe. Zoe's only allies are the mayor, former football star Lavon Hayes, her bad-boy neighbor Wade Kinsella, and handsome lawyer George Tucker – who just happens to be Lemon's fiancé. Zoe is out of her element and ready to pack her bags, but a surprise visit by her snobby New York mother leads to Zoe's decision to stay in Bluebell for a while; she soon discovers the charm of small-town life and a side of herself she didn't know was there.[6][7]

Season 2[edit]

The second season opens with Zoe being confused over her conflicting feelings for both George and Wade, with whom she just slept. Zoe decides that George is not ready for a relationship and tells him to date other people as she doesn't want to be his rebound. Following this, Zoe starts a casual relationship with Wade before they both agree to become an official couple. Later on in the season Wade has a drunken one night stand causing Zoe to end their relationship. After spending time mourning this Zoe realises she still has feelings for George who turns her away as he is now happily in a relationship with Tansy. In the finale Zoe has a one night stand with Wade, after which Wade declares his love for her, but she decides to spend the summer in New York to get some distance from her life. George decides to leave Bluebell and goes on the road with Lily Anne and her band.

Other storylines include Lemon re-entering the dating world and trying to prove herself as an independent woman without George or her father, Brick's relationship with the much younger Shelby, Lavon's election battle against Ruby and their subsequent relationship and George's unexpected relationship with Wade's ex-wife Tansy. In the final part of the season Lemon and Wade become the co-owners of the Rammer Jammer and constantly collide over decisions and how to run the bar.

Season 3[edit]

After spending the summer in New York, Zoe makes the decision to return to Bluebell with her new boyfriend Joel (Josh Cooke) although it's clear she still has unresolved feelings for Wade, a situation which is made more uncomfortable as Wade and Joel become good friends. Brick refuses to give Zoe half of the practice back so she must settle for being his employee. Zoe also reaches out to the family of her late father, Harvey Wilkes. Although initially turned away she becomes close to her cousin Vivian who, in turn, starts a relationship with Wade. By the end of the season both of these relationships have broken down and Zoe declares her love for Wade. Wade is cautious to get involved with Zoe again, believing they do not have a future together after all they've been through. Zoe vows to prove Wade wrong.

Lemon starts to realize that she wants more from her life than just the Rammer Jammer, so decides to leave the business and look for something else. After tension between herself and Cricket she also decides to leave the Belles and re-assess her life. She has several short term flings during this time and becomes the owner of Fancies.

Lavon and Annabeth's relationship is tested as Annabeth longs for a stronger commitment. They must also deal with a house guest in shape of Lavon's cousin Lynly who begins a relationship with George but after realising there is still a spark between him and his ex Tansy she leaves Bluebell.

Annabeth begins to want more commitment from Lavon but when he is unable to give it to her they break up. During their separation Annabeth begins dating a new man but turns down his proposal when she realises she still has feelings for Lavon, however at the same time both he and George are racing to declaring their reignited feelings for Lemon.

Lavon must also deal with rising pressure as neighboring town tries to force a merger with Bluebell in order to take over and re-build over the area.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast and characters[edit]

Recurring cast and characters[edit]

Other characters[edit]

Development and production[edit]

On February 1, 2011, it was announced that The CW had ordered a pilot for Hart of Dixie.[10][11] On May 17, 2011, the network officially picked up Hart of Dixie to series, set to air in fall 2011.[12] The series marks the second time executive producer, Josh Schwartz, and series star, Rachel Bilson, have worked together on television.[12] The first time the duo worked together was on the Fox teen drama The O.C., created by Schwartz.[7] The show's executive producer, Josh Schwartz, compared the show to The WB classics such as Felicity, Everwood, and Gilmore Girls.[13]

With the reveal of The CW's fall 2011 schedule, it was announced that Hart of Dixie would air on Monday at 9:00 pm Eastern/8:00 pm Central, following Gossip Girl.[14] It premiered on Monday, September 26, 2011.[15] On October 12, 2011 the series was picked up for a full season, which will consist of twenty-two episodes. Along with pick-up for all other CW dramas, Mark Pedowitz said "We believe in the creative strength of these dramas, and by giving them back nine orders we can give our audience the chance to enjoy complete seasons of all three of them."[16] On May 11, 2012, The CW renewed the show for a second season,[17] which premiered on October 2, 2012. The CW renewed the show for a third season on April 26, 2013.[18]

Casting[edit]

On February 8, 2011, TVLine reported that Rachel Bilson was nearing a deal to star in the series.[19] Her role was later confirmed by The CW in a press release.[20] Soon after, Wilson Bethel joined the cast as Wade Kinsella, Zoe's "gorgeous bad-boy" neighbor.[21] Scott Porter was later cast as good-looking lawyer George Tucker, a potential love-interest for Bilson's character.[22]

On May 20, 2011, it was announced that Nancy Travis would not continue with the series due to her commitments with the 20th Century Fox-produced ABC sitcom Last Man Standing.[23] Travis was written out after the first two episodes.[24] Meredith Monroe appeared in one episode as Lemon's estranged mother.[25]JoBeth Williams appeared in three episodes as Candice Hart, the mother of Bilson's character. On July 26, 2013, it was announced that Kaitlyn Black was upgraded to series regular status for season three.[26]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Hart of Dixie's first season has received mixed reviews, scoring a 43 out of 100 on the review aggregator Metacritic.[27]

TVGuide.com described the show as "Southern Exposure"[7] and, in a later review, stated that the actors are better than the "cutesy" material, although Bilson is not convincing as a heart surgeon.[28] Both TVGuide.com and Robert Bianco of USA Today stated that the show is potentially offensive to the South.[28][29] Bianco also wrote that the show is shallow and far-fetched, with Bilson giving an unconvincing performance, such as acting surprised when calling herself a doctor.[29] Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter stated that the series is predictable and superficial, but "surprisingly touching".[30] Goodman and Brian Lowry of Variety stated that Bilson does not look like a doctor, with Goodman writing that she looked too much "like a high-priced call girl"[30] and Lowry writing that she looked like she belonged in "Barbie's medical dream house."[31]

Writing for The New York Times, critic Neil Genzlinger wrote, "...the premiere, at least, doesn’t find a convincing way to balance the clashing strands: the city-mouse disorientation, the medical emergencies, the girlfights, the daddy issues, the young-pretty-and-available stuff."[32] Los Angeles Times reviewer Mary McNamara described the show as, "a stack of familiar scenarios stitched together to form a pretty if not terribly substantial quilt."[33] TVLine described the show as "Everwood-esque".[34] TVLine later said: "Beautifully filmed with warm, cozy tones, the Southern setting utterly envelops the glowing Bilson", adding that Porter's appearance "wins us over and makes you forget that clunky intro" and despite the "rom-coms clichés, the pilot is super-efficient at introducing us to those who will be the key players in Zoe’s story, laying the framework for storytelling places to go."[35] Tv Times magazine gave Hart of Dixie its lowest score of 2011–2012: 12 out of 100.

Awards and accolades[edit]

YearAwardCategoryRecipients and nomineesOutcome
2011E! Golden Tater Awards[36]New Fall Show You're Most Excited ForHart of DixieNominated
2012People's Choice Awards[37]Favorite New TV DramaHart of DixieNominated
ASCAP Award[38]Top Television Series (Composers and Songwriters)Jeremy AdelmanWon
2013ASTRA Awards[39]Favourite Program – International DramaHart of DixieNominated
2014ASTRA Awards[40]Favourite Program – International DramaHart of DixieNominated
Teen Choice Awards[41]Choice TV Show: DramaHart of DixiePending
Choice TV Actress: DramaRachel BilsonPending

Ratings[edit]

SeasonTimeslot (ET)No. of
episodes
PremieredEndedTV seasonRankViewers
(in millions)
DatePremiere viewers
(in millions)
DateFinale viewers
(in millions)
1Monday 9pm22September 26, 2011 (2011-09-26)1.88[42]May 14, 2012 (2012-05-14)1.60[43]2011–2012#1821.77[44]
2Tuesday 8pm22October 2, 2012 (2012-10-02)1.53[45]May 7, 2013 (2013-05-07)[46]1.19[45]2012–2013#1421.70[47]
3Monday 8pm
Friday 9pm
22October 7, 2013 (2013-10-07)1.03 [48]May 16, 2014 (2014-05-16)[49]0.88[50]2013–2014#1661.37[51]

International broadcasts[edit]

CountryNetwork(s)Series premiereTimeslotSource(s)
 AustraliaFox8January 7, 2012Mondays at 8:30pm AEDT[52]
 CanadaCHCH-DTSeptember 26, 2011Mondays at 8pm ET[53]
 IrelandTV3May 13, 2012Sundays at 6:30pm[54]
 New ZealandTV2August 5, 2012Sundays at 5:30pm[55]
 Philippines2nd AvenueSeptember 29, 2011Thursdays at 8pm[56]
 United KingdomReallyApril 30, 2012Mondays at 8pm[57]

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