Review: Rachel Bilson in the CW's 'Hart of Dixie'

The CW's new "Hart of Dixie" (it debuts tonight at 9) is several familiar kinds of shows in one. Most obviously, it's a fish-out-of-water story of a big-city doctor - in this case, Rachel Bilson from "The O.C." as young New York heart surgeon Zoey Hart - trapped in a small town with an unfamiliar culture. (Think "Northern Exposure" or "Doc Hollywood.") 

It's also what Fienberg likes to call a Vocational Irony Narrative, in which a character's strengths in his or her professional life turn out to be a huge weakness personally. Here, this theme is voiced by an older surgeon who explains that Zoey is too cold and remote to qualify for a prestigious fellowship, telling her, "If you want to be a heart surgeon, then you've got to work on your own." 

And in her search for her own heart - which eventually takes her to the fictional town of Bluebell, Alabama, where she inherits half of the local medical practice from the kindly country doctor who ran it - Zoey is also becoming the latest heroine to try to help the CW find the heart it left behind when the network was created out of transplanted body parts from the WB and UPN. Read More...


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