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Rachel Bilson's Hart of Dixie Review

Pilot Scoop: Hart of Dixie

Rachel Bilson hasn't starred on a TV series since her breakout role on The O.C., but she's heading back to the small screen tonight for the premiere of The CW's Hart of Dixie. This time around, she plays Zoe Hart, a confident doctor with dreams of being a cardiothoracic surgeon. Her plans change when she's informed that she's in need of a serious bedside-manner adjustment before she can get a promotion. Zoe then heads to the deep South where a job as a general practitioner awaits her. Naturally, her NYC attitude isn't exactly welcomed with Southern comfort when she arrives.

  • Where it works: It's good to see Bilson back on TV, and though I didn't immediately take to Zoe, I was definitely warming up to her by the end of the episode. Plus, fish-out-of water shows come with plenty of entertaining fodder, from Zoe's criticism of her new community to jokes about having the rare female doctor in town. The pilot also sets up plenty of drama for the rest of the season, from relationships to family secrets.
  • Where it doesn't: Bilson has no problem playing a beautiful girl with a side of sass, but Zoe's personality makes it hard to take her seriously as a doctor. Zoe is supposed to have graduated at the top of her class at medical school, but she often comes across as a valley girl. The pilot also goes a bit overboard with the Southern theme: all the country music and bad accents grow tiresome after 40 minutes.
  • You might like this show if: You'd happily watch an O.C. spinoff where Summer becomes a doctor and moves to Alabama (sadly, without Seth).
  • When it's on: Mondays on The CW at 9 p.m.

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Photos courtesy of The CW

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elle619 elle619 4 years
Just watched it and Buzz-Becky has it right it's like watching Dr. Summer Roberts and without Seth there really is no point.
LovelyLiLKatie LovelyLiLKatie 4 years
just watched it... Rachel Bilson and the way she portrays the character is super hard to buy as a doctor...BUT SHE'S SO DARN CUTE.
LovelyLiLKatie LovelyLiLKatie 4 years
just watched it...Rachel Bilson and the way she portrays the character is super hard to buy as a doctor...BUT SHE'S SO DARN CUTE.
care0531 care0531 4 years
The plot seems like a chick flick that I would wait to see till it came out on DVD but with that said I still have it recording on my DVR.
SU3 SU3 4 years
an MD who tries to work on their bedside manners?? hahahaha! is this show a comedy?
SU3 SU3 4 years
an MD who tries to work on their bedside manners?? hahahaha! is this show a comedy?
dsjj251 dsjj251 4 years
top = towngot distracted while typing.
dsjj251 dsjj251 4 years
top = town got distracted while typing.
dsjj251 dsjj251 4 years
Sorry Deidre, but the commercials for it already show stereotypes. one girls first name is Lemon, another is Mabel(sp)the bell dresses, alligators in the middle of the road, people living off generators instead of the power grid, deep southern accents in a top that is suppose to be on the gulf coast
dsjj251 dsjj251 4 years
Sorry Deidre, but the commercials for it already show stereotypes. one girls first name is Lemon, another is Mabel(sp) the bell dresses, alligators in the middle of the road, people living off generators instead of the power grid, deep southern accents in a top that is suppose to be on the gulf coast
Hiromisky Hiromisky 4 years
Aggg... I hate to say this because I think Rachel Bilson is a sweet person but I agree whit reba506, she is a mediocre actress.
Deidre Deidre 4 years
I'd love to see a show have Southern characters that aren't complete negative stereotypes.
reba506 reba506 4 years
Rachel Bilson is a mediocre actress at best. I am surprised she even got this far.
Cupcake0110 Cupcake0110 4 years
This looks kinda....bad...
Cupcake0110 Cupcake0110 4 years
This looks kinda....bad...
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