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'Hart of Dixie': Why you should give it another chance

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It started off on the wrong foot. Or cowboy boots, I should say.

When the CW show “Hart of Dixie,” starring “The O.C.” actress Rachel Bilson, first aired in November of 2011, it wasn’t a favorite with viewers. According to the website TV Series Finale, the show was almost canceled because of its low ratings. But now, in the middle of its second season, the show is gaining a larger fan base, with its Feb. 26 episode luring in 1.38 million viewers and experiencing a 20% increase in the important 18-49 demographic, according to TV Series Finale. 

Produced by Josh Schwartz (“The O.C.,” “Gossip Girl,” and “Carrie Diaries”), among others, the show follows Dr. Zoe Hart (Bilson) who had high hopes of being a heart surgeon in the Big Apple but instead finds herself in Bluebell, Ala. after getting dumped by her boyfriend of eight years and not getting hired for the fellowship of her dreams.

Sure, it sounds a bit like “Sweet Home Alabama” (a movie that you may have once liked, but TBS has played it so many times that you probably can’t stand it now). But unlike that particular chick flick, the show’s “cutesy” factor isn't cloying. It may be a bit cliché, but there’s something about Zoe’s quirky encounters with the small-town residents that make it work.


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