OFFSTAGE: New Rachel Bilson Show Heavy on Country

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Did you hear Darius Rucker, Sugarland, Patsy Cline and Taylor Swift on TV Monday night (Sept. 26)? No, it wasn’t another country awards show. They all had songs on Hart of Dixie, the new CW Network series starring Rachel Bilson. It’s probably because the show is set in Alabama, but sometimes all that means is that an episode will play an old Hank Williams song in the background while the characters are driving down a dirt road in a pickup truck. This was not like that at all. Country music was the thread that tied the whole episode together, kind of. They played Rucker’s “This” when Bilson, a snobby New York doctor, moved to a small practice down South. Then Sugarland’s “Little Miss” was on during the tense moments and was reprised at the end. Cline’s “Crazy” played during one of the good parts. And Swift’s “Love Story” came on during the hot Southern lawyer bit. Even toward the end of the season premiere, Tim Matheson, who plays an angry, entitled, unfriendly doctor, helps Bilson deliver a baby whom he claims has “lungs that would make Carrie Underwood jealous.” I don’t know if all the episodes will be this country-heavy, but I will certainly stay tuned to find out.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.