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Heat wave. Wild libidos. Shirtless Hunks. Just another episode of #HARTofDIXIE! Tonight on the CW!

by Jim on October 17, 2011 · 0 comments

Dr. Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson) tries to concentrate while tending to a wound of Wade's (Wilson Bethel).

@WilsonBethel @ScottPorter Things literally heat up on many levels in tonight’s episode of the freshman CW series Hart of Dixie when a heat wave causes the residents of Bluebell, Alabama to let ‘the fever’ take over their desires and libidos. At the center, of course, is newest transplant Zoe Hart (played by Rachel Bilson) who is trying to make sense of her attraction to neighbor Wade (Wilson Bethel) and also to town lawyer George (Scott Porter) who happens to be engaged to Lemon (Jaime King). How is series creator Leila Gerstein navigating the push and pull of the many Bluebell love triangles? Will the heat take over the town’s senses? And what exactly is the backstory between Lemon and Bluebell’s Mayor Levon Hayes (Cress Williams)?

I found out the answers to these questions and more at an advanced screening last week at the CW offices in Burbank of tonight’s “In Havoc & In Heat” episode. Gerstein, Williams, Porter, King and Bethel were all present for a Q&A, which took place before the announcement came down that the CW had ordered a full-season of episodes for the new series.

You get to see a lot of Wilson Bethel in tonight's episode. Not a bad thing, right?

One thing you can’t help but notice from watching Hart of Dixie is that love triangles are in abundance in the small Southern town but that’s not just a happy accident, according to Gerstein, who is keeping a tight grip on the pace of how these relationships play out. “I think it’s always a challenge to be able to give the audience enough of what they want without making the story move too fast. I hope we are finding a good balance on that. I think the nature of this show allows us to move slower, which is good because then it’s much more push and pull.” She also added that it helps to know what kind of show they are not. “[Hart of Dixie] is not a soap. It is not moving at the pace of Gossip Girl. It’s the opposite of ‘Gossip Girl’ in terms of pace…we’re milking the deliciousness a little bit. We’re giving you a little bit, we’re teasing you a little bit and hoping you’re coming back for more.”

King is also a fan of how the writers are handling the pacing of the stories and added, “I think that there are so many shows on the air right now where they go full-force all the time and then in a way it makes it really bland...CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE

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