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Rachel Bilson Breaks the News to Regis That 'Hart of Dixie' Town Doesn't Exist (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 6th 2011 3:40PM
The new CW show 'Hart of Dixie' stars Rachel Bilson as Zoe Hart, a New York doctor who moves to Blue Bell, Alabama to work at a general practice. On 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC), Bilson talked about the "fish-out-of-water" story, which is executive-produced by former 'The O.C.' creator Josh Schwartz, and broke the news to Regis that Blue Bell isn't actually a real town.

Regis and Kelly both seemed to liked the idea of the show actually shooting in Blue Bell. "I want to live there!" Kelly exclaimed. When Regis excitedly asked if Bilson had met any southern gentlemen while filming, she had to gently break the news that Blue Bell is just a fictional town, and that the show shoots on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, California. "Maybe if it actually existed, and if we actually shot there ..." she lamented.

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Jaime King Is Tired of Being Perfect, And So Is Her Character on 'Hart of Dixie'

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 3rd 2011 2:30PM
Jaime KingOnce upon a time, whimsical, small-town dramas were The WB's stock in trade -- our screens were filled with quirky characters, snappy dialogue, forbidden romance and the trials and tribulations of growing up. After the network merged with UPN to form the glossy CW, there seemed to be an identity crisis in the netlet's formative years, and charming family tales were jettisoned in favor of the glitz and glamour of 'Gossip Girl' and '90210'.

'Hart of Dixie' signals a welcome return to form for the nostalgic WB crowd; set in the fictional town of Bluebell, Alabama, it tells the story of Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson), a big-city doctor who inherits half of a medical practice in the close-knit town and must learn to embrace the human side of medicine, all while resisting her attraction to the sadly engaged George Tucker (Scott Porter), the town's golden boy.

Jaime King plays Lemon Breeland, George's fiancée and Zoe's natural Southern nemesis, and AOL TV caught up with the effervescent actress (who also happens to be a blogger for our sister site The Huffington Post) to preview the upcoming episodes. Read on for King's thoughts on Zoe and Lemon's rivalry, the juicy secrets her character is hiding, and, most refreshingly, her candid thoughts on the shallow nature of Hollywood, and how the pressure to be perfect helps her relate to Lemon.

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Zoe Finds Out Why Dr. Wilkes Was So Interested in Her on 'Hart of Dixie' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 27th 2011 3:00AM
'Hart of Dixie' series premiereIt's been four years since we said goodbye to Summer Roberts on the series finale of 'The OC,' and with her Rachel Bilson. She's made a few appearances in film and on television since then, but she hasn't been with us on a regular basis, until 'Hart of Dixie' (Mon., 9PM ET on The CW).

In this new series, Bilson plays Dr. Zoe Hart, who wants to be a big-time surgeon, but is advised she needs to work on her bedside manner. Throughout her career, she's been plagued by postcards from a doctor in Alabama, offering to let her work by his side.

Finally, on her last hope, she heads down to take him up on his offer for a year so she can get her desired career back on track. But that's when everything goes sideways.

!!!SPOILER ALERT!!!

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Rachel Bilson Tells 'Chelsea Lately' How Great it is to Turn 30 (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 23rd 2011 5:00AM
Rachel Bilson, 'Chelsea Lately'Rachel Bilson recently turned 30 years old, though she and Chelsea Handler agreed that she still looks about eight on 'Chelsea Lately' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on E!). But whereas many women struggle with this age milestone, Bilson absolutely embraces it.

"Now I'm 30 and I feel like it's okay to go to bed at 9:30," she marveled. She even decided that it was okay to watch 'The Golden Girls' now that she's 30. It's like stepping into that stage of your life opens up so many doors.

Being cool and trendy suddenly doesn't matter anymore. You have an unprecedented freedom to be who you want to be. That said, we're not sure we buy that Rachel Bilson's 20s "kind of suck," as she said. She seemed to do doing pretty good the past ten years.

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The 'Hart of Dixie' Cast Teases Love & Catfights on Their New CW Show

by Jean Bentley, posted Jul 22nd 2011 8:00PM
Let's get one thing straight about The CW's new series 'Hart of Dixie': You're not going to see the stars shilling this show at Comic-Con. Ever. (If you do, let that be a sign of the end of Comic-Con, FYI.)

While we're at it, here's another thing to know about the new series: Just because Rachel Bilson is working with 'The O.C.' creator Josh Schwartz again doesn't mean her new character, Zoe Hart, will be anything like Summer Roberts.



" Summer was definitely her own entity," she told AOL TV, nixing the idea that the two characters might be similar. Of course, they are played by the same actress, so it could feel a little familiar. "You know, you're yourself, so some of her mannerisms might match up."

She did steer clear of one thing when crafting her new onscreen persona, Zoe, a New York City doctor who inherits a medical practice in a small Alabama town. "I tried to stay away from the 'ew,' that was sort of Summer's trademark. I decided to do it with a different inflection on the word."

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Look Who's Back! '90s Stars Return to TV

by Stephanie Earp, posted May 30th 2011 4:00PM
With the US networks' upfronts completed, it's time for us TV writers to start picking out trends from the announcements. Is the crime drama dying? Is comedy 'back'? One trend for 2011's fall TV that's hard to miss is the return of a large handful of '90s and early 2000s TV stars who've been away from the small screen.

It's sort of like all the popular kids from high school went off to college, where they majored in things like the comedy-horror movie, highly publicized relationships and dubious art house films, and now they're back -- a little older, a little wiser and with way better hair. Welcome home, kids.

Sarah Michelle Gellar in 'Ringer,' The CW

Plot Summary: Gellar plays twins -- one a washed-up recovering alcoholic, the other a high-society wife. When wifey disappears under mysterious circumstances, Miss Intervention takes her place, only to discover her sister's life is way more messed up than her own.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar, Rachel Bilson and More CW Stars Preview Their New Shows (VIDEO)

by Jean Bentley, posted May 19th 2011 5:30PM
Hart of Dixie cast, CW UpfrontLong known for its soapy teen fare, The CW is taking risks with the three new dramas it's premiering in the fall. Only one of them is set in high school, and another was created with a completely different network in mind.

AOL TV was excited to learn more about 'Ringer,' 'Hart of Dixie' and 'The Secret Circle' from the stars themselves as they walked the red carpet at The CW's upfront presentation this morning.

'Ringer,' the new CW-by-way-of-CBS mystery series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar in a dual role, is much more serious and suspenseful than any show the network's aired in the past. Just don't expect any 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'-style ass-kicking. "Let me tell you something -- I'm not 18 anymore," joked Gellar.

Former 'The O.C.' star Rachel Bilson is also making her triumphant TV return in 'Hart of Dixie' as a big city doctor who inherits a small-town medical practice in the South. "There's a lot of twists in it, and there's humor ... and there's Scott Porter, which doesn't hurt."

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Sneak Previews: The CW Fall Shows

by Jean Bentley, posted May 19th 2011 2:20PM
Sarah Michelle Gellar, RingerOne of the new TV season's most intriguing series will air on an unlikely network come fall -- the Sarah Michelle Gellar comeback vehicle 'Ringer' is nothing like The CW has ever shown before. And that's a good thing.

Originally produced for CBS, the mystery/drama looks much more serious and adult than any other CW series -- it'll be interesting to watch if the network's traditionally younger viewers will tune in.

Also intriguing is the Kevin Williamson-produced 'Secret Circle,' about a teen girl who moves to a new town and discovers she's a witch. Though it doesn't take place in the 'Vampire Diaries' world, it's the perfect companion show for Williamson's other hit on Thursday nights.

'Hart of Dixie,' from 'Gossip Girl' producer Josh Schwartz, is a more fun, heartwarming addition to the schedule on Monday nights. Watch clips from all three new dramas, plus a few of The CW's new reality series, after the jump.

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The CW Announces 2011-2012 Schedule

by Chris Harnick, posted May 19th 2011 9:15AM
Sarah Michelle Gellar, RingerWelcome back to TV, Sarah Michelle Gellar!

The 'Buffy' veteran's new series, 'Ringer' has landed on Tuesdays at 9PM following '90210,' which has moved to Tuesdays at 8PM. Coincidentally -- or maybe not such a coincidence -- 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' aired on Tuesdays.

Mondays will be a Josh Schwartz block, with Rachel Bilson in 'Hart of Dixie' at 9PM following 'Gossip Girl' at 8PM.

Similarly, Thursdays are a Kevin Williamson block: 'The Vampire Diaries' at 8PM and 'Secret Circle' at 9PM.

Meanwhile, new reality series 'H8R' starts Wednesdays off at 8PM with 'Top Model' at 9PM. 'Nikita' moves to Fridays at 8PM with 'Supernatural' at 9PM.

'One Tree Hill' will return midseason -- for a final season -- along with reality shows 'The Frame' and 'Re-Modeled.'

"We're thrilled to present the most exciting primetime schedule The CW has ever had, comprised of shows that feature bold concepts, proven TV stars and up-and-coming, breakout talent," Dawn Ostroff, the outgoing CW president, said in a statement. "In just five years, we've built an instantly recognizable brand that resonates with both viewers and advertisers and is known for being smartly provocative, culturally current, emotionally authentic and a leader in digital and social media. This upcoming season will continue to establish The CW as a premier destination for our viewers, especially women."

Full schedule after the jump.

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The CW Picks Up 'Secret Circle,' 'Hart of Dixie' and 'The Ringer' for Fall

by Jean Bentley, posted May 17th 2011 3:05PM
Sarah Michelle Gellar, The CWThe CW's fall schedule will officially be filled with familiar faces.

The network has picked up three new series, 'The Secret Circle,' 'Hart of Dixie' and 'The Ringer,' all starring leading ladies we've seen on network TV before.

'The Ringer' marks Sarah Michelle Gellar's return to the small screen
in a dual role as a rich woman running from the mob and her troubled twin sister. The actress formerly known as Buffy the Vampire Slayer appeared on The WB from 1997 to 2001 and UPN from 2001 to 2003, coincidentally those two networks merged to become The CW in 2006. The new pilot was originally commissioned by CBS, but in an interesting twist ended up getting picked up by its sister network.

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Pilot News: Rachel Bilson Officially Joins 'Hart of Dixie,' Rob Huebel Lands Fox Role and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 15th 2011 6:30PM
Rachel Bilson Officially Joins 'Hart of Dixie,' Rachel Bilson is officially reteaming with 'The O.C.' creator Josh Schwartz in The CW pilot 'Hart of Dixie.'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bilson will play a doctor from New York City who inherits a small medical practice in the South. 'Gossip Girl' and 'Eli Stone' writer Leila Gerstein wrote the script and will executive produce the series with Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Len Goldstein.

In other pilot news ...

Jake M. Johnson and Max Greenfield have landed lead roles opposite Zooey Deschanel in Fox's Liz Meriwether pilot 'Chicks and Dicks.' Viewers may remember Greenfield from 'Veronica Mars,' while Johnson was recently in the film 'No Strings Attached.' [Deadline Hollywood]

'24' actress Annie Wersching will star opposite Scottie Thompson in ABC's drama pilot 'Partners.' Lawrence Gilliard Jr. has also landed a role in the cop drama about two female detectives. [Deadline Hollywood]

Rob Huebel has landed the brother role in Fox's 'Family Album.' The series follows a family who go on an extended family vacation at the behest of the headstrong patriarch. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Zooey Deschanel, Rachel Bilson in Talks to Join Pilots, Tracy Morgan Back at '30 Rock' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 8th 2011 7:00PM
Zooey DeschanelZooey Deschanel might be a movie star already, but she could be following in her big sister's footsteps and joining a TV series full time.

TV Line reports that Deschanel is reportedly in talks to star in the Fox comedy pilot 'Chicks and Dicks,' from 'No Strings Attached' writer Liz Merriwether. The actress would play Jessica, an elementary school teacher who moves in with a group of immature guys after breaking up with her live-in boyfriend.

Nothing's set in stone yet, especially not the title of the show -- that'll probably change if the series ever makes it to air.

Deschanel's sister, Emily, stars on the Fox hit 'Bones.'

Also in contention to star in one of the season's biggest pilots is Rachel Bilson, who is in talks for a lead role in Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage's new show, 'Hart of Dixie.' Bilson would play a New York City doctor who inherits a small Southern medical practice, reports Deadline.

In other TV news ...

Following a successful kidney transplant, Tracy Morgan is back on the '30 Rock' set. The actor missed several episodes while he recovered from the surgery. [EW]

When Gwyneth Paltrow heads back to 'Glee,' she'll be sharing a 'Kiss' with Matthew Morrison. At least musically -- her character, Holly Holiday, will duet on the Prince song with Mr. Schuester. [TV Line]

Almost 10 million people tuned in to Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl on Sunday. The Super Bowl counter-programming attracted an audience of 9.2 million over 12 hours. [EW]

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Rachel Bilson on How Awkward It Is Having a Sex Expert as a Mom (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 3rd 2011 6:13AM
Rachel Bilson, 'Chelsea Lately'If you thought it was awkward having to talk to your parents about sex, it was much worse for Rachel Bilson. On 'Chelsea Lately' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on E!), she talked about her mother's profession as a sex counselor and how that inevitably impacted her own life growing up.

We can only imagine how involved their "birds and bees" talk got. In many cases, parents are just as uncomfortable as their children when they move through this rite of passage. But for Bilson's mother, it was just another day at the office.

"When she's talking to me about penises," Bilson said. "It's a little awkward."

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Carter Bays Is Excited About Season-Long 'How I Met Your Mother' Story Arc

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 15th 2010 4:30PM
Scene from 'Big Days' - the season six premiere of 'How I Met Your Mother'At one point during our conversation a couple of weeks ago, 'How I Met Your Mother' co-creator Carter Bays stopped my probing for guest star names and possible season six plots to express how hard it was for him and his partner, Craig Thomas, to talk about the upcoming season without giving everything away.

"We do these interviews and we always have to play this cat and mouse game where we don't want to give away all the stories," he told me. "If there's something exciting, you want people to watch it. We want people to know that there's this episode with Glitter, Robin Sparkles' buddy showing up. Stuff like that you do want to tell but at the same time you don't want to say too much about it because you don't want to ruin the joke or anything." As we've seen, news of casting coups are hard to keep quiet.

Indeed, Bays is enthusiastic about this coming season, mainly because the show is getting back to the emotional story arcs it was known for during its early seasons. As he and Thomas mentioned in July at the press tour, they're returning to that style after a season of one-off stories that even they admitted was hit and miss. We talked about that, whether they see a light at the end of the creative tunnel, and if they suffer from "mother fatigue" at all.

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Rachel Bilson Back on 'How I Met Your Mother'

by Allyssa Lee, posted Jul 29th 2010 10:40AM
Rachel BilsonCould this be yet another step toward finding out the identity of the titular mom? Rachel Bilson is making a return appearance on 'How I Met Your Mother,' according to EW's Ausiello Files.

Series creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas confirm that the erstwhile 'OC' player will reprise her role as grad student Cindy and drop in on the gang at MacLaren's bar when the CBS sitcom returns for its sixth season this fall.

"The season premiere is going to be very much informed by her presence," said Bays.

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