Caitlin Rickard: Here's a show with Hart

With most of my regular television shows on hiatus for winter breaks and Olympic programming, my nights have become a little empty and boring.
Feb 12, 2014

With most of my regular television shows on hiatus for winter breaks and Olympic programming, my nights have become a little empty and boring.

Alas, though, I turned to my old, old friends, box sets.

Besides the first few seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, I own exactly two box sets for an entire series of TV shows. First is Weeds, and second is The O.C.

I think a column on The O.C., basically the original teen dramady that inspired so many reality shows alike, is best saved for another though.

What I’m heading toward here is after watching all four seasons, (which I’ve seen probably six times over already) my unwavering love for the Seth-Summer relationship flooded back. 

Rachel Bilson plays Summer Roberts, the sarcastic and sassy female side of this relationship. So I thought, why not shuffle through good ol’ Netflix to see what I can find to fill the Summer/Rachel void.

Finally, and the point of this column, is that I found Bilson’s most recent and ongoing project Hart of Dixie.

The show is aired on the same network as The O.C. and, ironically, features some of the same executive producers and writers, i.e. Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz (also from Gossip Girl). 

Being from the South was a draw for me to this show, as it would be for anyone from here, as it’s set in a small Gulf Coast town of Bluebell, Alabama, near Mobile. Naturally, I was already interested on whether accents would add up, regional relations of places and things and whether or not there would be talk of the Crimson Tide.

Jackpot, my searching was over. I’d found a new show to binge watch.

The show is currently in its third season, so only the first two are available on Netflix. I’ve only gotten through season one so far, but I’m guessing I’ll be through season two and caught up to the live episodes in no time.

The plot centers on a driven New York City surgeon Zoe Hart (Bilson) who is told to get some humanity before she can earn her cardiothoracic fellowship. As it turns out, the father she never knew she had has just kicked the bucket and left her his practice in small town Bluebell.

Hart makes the move from Manolos to mud boots and is soon flailing in her identity and small town swamp life as she struggles to gain the trust of patients and the town’s people.

Of course there are two serious love interests, one of which is the town golden boy George who is engaged to Hart’s arch nemesis bent on destroying her reputation. My money and heart belongs to the other option, Wade, an unambitious, womanizing bartender (at a place called The Rammer Jammer!) who is very easy on the eyes.

And Hart does find a confidant and best friend in Bluebell’s mayor, Lavon Hayes, former NFL linebacker and star player for, you guessed it, the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Throw in some off-kilter medical situations and it all comes full circle to make a sweet and humorous new dramady for my liking.

The show got at my southern roots. Though its hardly ever feasible, it is however likeable. 

I might not be in the actual Heart of Dixie anymore in Alabama, but this show does remind me of the (Hollywood-ified) comforts of home. And you can’t go wrong with Rachel Bilson.

Caitlin Rickard is a staff writer with The Democrat. Email her at or follow her on Twitter @wilsonnewswritr.


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