Hart of Dixie (CW) Mondays @ 9/8c
Rachel Bilson takes to the small screen once more in the CW’s new medical dramedy Hart of Dixie. Bilson plays Zoe Hart, an emotionally unattached New Yorker who will do anything to become a type of surgeon that the actress herself has trouble pronouncing. When she is denied the fellowship she’s spent the past four years pining for (due to her inability to truly know her patients), she impulsively hops on a bus to Blue Bell, Alabama to take over the practice she has mysteriously inherited. Cue the country music, Southern Belles, and brawny farmboys.
Hart of Dixie isn’t boring but its unlikable protagonist seems to make the one-hour pilot drudge on. Zoe claims to be serious about her craft, but she regards her superiors as a disgruntled teen would address her least favorite teacher. She speaks to her potential patients without an ounce of professionalism, asking her first, “What’s up, you sick?” Let’s leave the dry doctor wit to Dr. House; It’s not quite as cute on a youngster without the skills or experience to back up the arrogance.The extent of Zoe’s medical vocab is “scalpel.” Perhaps her casual lingo is supposed to make her relatable, but she has an entitled attitude and a blatant disregard for other people that can’t just be written off as her blind ambition or Manhattan upbringing.
Still, it’s visually appealing to see the wispy Chanel-clad Bilson against the Alabama backdrop, all citrus hues and giant trees. Southern studs George (Scott Porter) and Wade (Wilson Bethel) aren’t too hard on the eyes either.
The plot itself is a little contrived, but with some more character development, the show has promise. Bilson’s wooden acting loosens up a bit when a soap-opera-type twist at the end of the show finally causes her plastic expression to give way to real emotion.The twist alone has ME willing to give this mediocre-at-best pilot a second chance and tune in next Monday.