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No. 4 Best - The CW's 'Hart of Dixie'
"Hart of Dixie" (The CW)
Airs Mondays at 9 p.m. [Premieres September 26.]
Two criticisms of "Hart of Dixie" that I'm just not going to accept: "Rachel Bilson doesn't look or sound like a doctor" and "Bluebell, Alabama is not a realistic depiction of the American South." On the second point: No, of course it doesn't. I don't think "Hart of Dixie" creator Leila Gerstein has ever been south of the Mason-Dixon Line, unless you count Los Angeles. On the first point: Rachel Bilson is a 30-year-old woman. Are you saying doctors can't be tiny and cute? Geez. Sexist, much? In any case, "Hart of Dixie" doesn't aspire to realism any more than "The Vampire Diaries," so why hold it to a totally arbitrary standard? What you have here is an old fashioned WB dramedy with more tonal similarities to "Gilmore Girls" than anything currently on The CW. Whether or not she's plausible as a doctor, Bilson is quite winning and some viewers will have fun debating whether her character belongs with the Scott Porter's helpful local attorney or Wilson Bethel's scruffy bad boy. "Hart of Dixie" has more warmth and humor than originality, but there's value in that as well.
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