Hart of Dixie – Pilot

27 Sep

Cover of "Doc Hollywood"

Cover of Doc Hollywood

I really liked Hart of Dixie,  it reminded me of Everwood and Gilmore Girls, it was sweet and charming. Rachel Bilson is so endearing as Zoe Hart, I can totally relate to where she is at this point in her life. She did everything that was expected and it wasn’t enough, she didn’t get the fellowship she worked so hard for because she was missing a key part of the job. Heart.

Ever feel like that, you think you have it all covered, the good thing is coming, and them wham, you don’t get it because of a detail. A detail that no one mentioned to tell you would trip you up in the end. Didn’t any of Zoe’s mentors or bosses think, they should coach her over the last four years.  Zoe is pissed and rightfully so, but, if they did tell her then we wouldn’t have a show.

I found it humorous that the boyfriend dumped her because she talked about work too much. Is that supposed to be ironic, because isn’t it usually the men who can only talk about work. She doesn’t seem that broken up about it. I like it, the whole moving on with out a man.

Because in TV land the cute female lead never has to worry. She has a whole room of writers to whip up the next set of options, in this case two, who say and do the right things.  I could never figure out why men can mimic all the stupid crap on TV, but none of the stuff they really should.

First impression, it reminded me of Doc Hollywood, the 1991 Michael J. Fox movie, similar story, big city doc, stuck in small southern town, fish out of water story. Thinks he is better than everyone, learns his lesson, everyone lives happily ever after.

Zoe learns her lesson by the end of the pilot, which is good, we dispensed with the obvious early and set up several key plot points for future episodes. Like, Lemon and the mayor, the triangle between Zoe, George (love Scott Porter) and Tom.

What really works is the cast they have assembled around Bilson, especially Tim Matheson and Nancy Travis, I don’t think Travis will be back since she is in the new Tim Allen show. It’s a shame I really liked her “motherly” interactions with Zoe, since Zoe’s mother is a wash.

Ok, the box wine, making out with the cute neighbor in his car scene was silly, it summed up her day perfectly. What woman hasn’t sucked back a few and made out with the wrong hot guy. Good way to reach your audience.

Jamie King is interesting to watch as Lemon, it would be easy to dismiss the performance as “stock”, but lets give Miss King more credit, her interactions in the scenes with Cress Williams, who plays the mayor clearly show there is going to be some depth to this southern belle.

I am looking forward to watching this every week, it has great potential, and a great cast to carry it off. This is a much-needed break from, murder, edge and mayhem.

The numbers for last night, Hart of Dixie 1.78 million viewers, higher than it’s Gossip Girl lead in, but it didn’t fare well with the all important 18-49 demo, it only got a 0.8 share.  It is up against 2 1/1 Men, which was number one again last night with 20 mill viewers, down from last week.

BTW if you believe Star Magazine, Ashton and Demi are getting divorced, supposedly a $290million divorce.

What did you think of Hart of Dixie, let me hear your thoughts in the comments. I would love a lively discussion right about now.

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