Save This Show!: Hart of Dixie (The CW)

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In the fourth installment of this series of blog posts, I wanted to put the spotlight on The CW’s “Hart of Dixie,” starring Rachel Bilson, Scott Porter, Wilson Bethel, Jaime King, and Cress Williams. Despite the reunion of Rachel with “The O.C” creator Josh Schwartz, Hart of Dixie hasn’t quite caught on. One could say that it’s not a “splashy” show like some of the others on the network (ex. The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl).

I’m not going to rave about the writing like I did with Nikita and Fringe, because that’s like apples and oranges. Hart of Dixie harks back to the old WB days, with its focus being on character drama. No vampires, witches, supernatural beings, rich people and their ridiculous drama, just people with standard TV problems. It’s a simple show that sometimes get lost in the hoopla of other shows.

I’ve got a friend who said she tried to watch the show but everything looked fake about it. I get what she was saying, sort of. For one thing, I know for a fact that they do film the show on the Warner Brothers lot (Rammer Jammer gave it away), instead of some actual small town. The actors’ accents might be a little exaggerated, but I’m not from the South so what do I know? And apparently, people still can’t get over the fact that Rachel Bilson does not look believable as a doctor. To me at least, I feel like you can get over those things. Suspension of disbelief for 42 minutes isn’t going to kill you. If you can get past those things, you’ll see that the show has a lot of charm to it, which really is the biggest selling point of the show. The men of the show have charm in spades, fully taking on the phrase “Southern Charm.” And if you loved Rachel Bilson on “The O.C.” there’s no reason not to like her here.

“Hart of Dixie” isn’t necessarily appointment television, but it’s a show that puts a smile on your face. It’s a wonderful mix of drama and comedy, which I’ve only found done well on some of the cable shows. For a network comparison, I can only really think of “Glee.” And while I like “Glee” I’ve found that it occasionally tries too hard to be funny and serious. With Dixie, it’s just very light-hearted and it’s certainly not a bad way to end off your Monday nights.