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					                                  “HART OF DIXIE”

                      Mondays (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) on The CW

        Fast-talking New Yorker Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson, “The O.C.”) has her life all
figured out: after graduating top of her class from medical school, she’ll follow in her
father’s footsteps as a cardio-thoracic surgeon in New York City. But life has other plans
for Zoe. Turned down for the prestigious fellowship she had been certain she would get,
Zoe is without a job and without a plan. Desperate, she decides to finally respond to the
kindly stranger, Dr. Harley Wilkes (guest star Nicholas Pryor, “All My Children”), whom
she met at her medical school graduation and who had offered her a place at his small
medical practice in Bluebell, Alabama. She swallows her considerable pride and heads
down South – temporarily, she assures herself.

        Zoe arrives in quaint, picturesque Bluebell and is befriended by handsome lawyer
and the town’s golden boy, George Tucker (Scott Porter, “Friday Night Lights”). George
is excited to discover that Zoe is from New York, where he lived for several years before
returning to his hometown. Zoe’s mood is brightened after meeting this true southern
gentleman, but her mood quickly turns dark when she arrives at the doctor’s office to
discover that Dr. Wilkes has passed away – and that he has inexplicably left his practice
to her.

        Complicating matters further, Zoe finds that the practice is shared with the other
local doctor, Brick Breeland (guest star Tim Matheson, “Burn Notice,” “The West
Wing”), an imposing figure who isn’t pleased to share the practice with anyone, let alone
an outsider – from New York City, no less. Equally displeased by Zoe’s presence is
Brick’s daughter, Lemon (Jaime King, “Sin City,” “Blow”), a sweet southern belle whose
disposition turns sour when it comes to Zoe. Lemon relishes her position as part of one
of Bluebell’s most prominent families – and, most disconcertingly for Zoe, as George
Tucker’s fiancée.

        Zoe finds a place to live in a guest house on the property of Bluebell’s mayor,
Lavon Hayes (Cress Williams, “Friday Night Lights”). Lavon is a former NFL star who
takes a liking to Zoe and quickly becomes her confidante. Zoe’s new neighbors include
local bad-boy Wade Kinsella (Wilson Bethel, “Generation Kill”), a mischievous charmer
who sets off sparks with Zoe, and Lavon’s pet alligator, Burt Reynolds.


        Zoe’s move to Bluebell infuriates her mother Candace Hart (guest star JoBeth
Williams, “Private Practice”), who flies down from New York City to drag her back
home. But Candace finally reveals the truth about why Harley Wilkes left Zoe his
medical practice – Candace and he had had an affair years prior, and Harley was Zoe’s
real father.

        The truth about her father rocks Zoe, and she decides her stay in Bluebell might
continue for a while as she tries to learn more about who he was, and who she is. The
local diner is a long way from Nobu, but Zoe’s figuring out a way to get used to it.

       HART OF DIXIE is from Bonanza Productions Inc., in association with Fake
Empire, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios with executive producers
Leila Gerstein (“Gossip Girl,” “Eli Stone”), Josh Schwartz (“Gossip Girl,” “Chuck,”
“The O.C.”), Stephanie Savage (“Gossip Girl,” “The O.C.”), Len Goldstein and Donald
Todd (“Samantha Who?,” “Ugly Betty”).

July 2011

Day and time:                 Mondays, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET

Network debut:                September 26, 2011

Format:                       Rachel Bilson stars in a fish-out-of-water story
                              about a New York City doctor adjusting to life in a
                              small Southern town after she inherits a local
                              medical practice.

Cast:                         Rachel Bilson as Zoe Hart
                              Jaime King as Lemon Breeland
                              Wilson Bethel as Wade Kinsella
                              Cress Williams as Lavon Hayes
                              and Scott Porter as George Tucker

Executive Producers:          Leila Gerstein, Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage,
                              Len Goldstein and Donald Todd

Origination:                  Los Angeles, California

Produced by:                  Bonanza Productions Inc., in association with Fake
                              Empire, Warner Bros. Television and CBS
                              Television Studios

Media contact:                Melissa Burton, (818) 977-0105

July 2011
                                       RACHEL BILSON
                                   Zoe Hart in “Hart of Dixie”

       Rachel Bilson stars as Zoe Hart in The CW’s new series “Hart of Dixie,” a fish-
out-of-water story about a New York City doctor adjusting to life in a small Southern
town after she inherits a local medical practice.

       Bilson is enjoying a successful and continually developing acting career on both
big and small screens. In addition to her new television series, she also recently wrapped
the independent film “L!fe Happens,” with Kate Bosworth, as well as the independent
comedy “The To Do List,” opposite Bill Hader and Scott Porter.

        Other past film credits include starring as the female lead in “Waiting for
Forever” as well as in “Jumper” for 20th Century Fox Studios, “The Last Kiss,” with Zach
Braff and directed by Tony Goldwyn for Paramount, and opposite Andy Garcia in a film
comprised of a series of shorts called “New York, I Love You.” Bilson has additionally
appeared twice as a guest star on the television series “How I Met Your Mother” as well
as Josh Schwartz’s “Chuck.”

       In 2008, Bilson released her own clothing line called Edie Rose for DKNY Jeans.
Currently in stores, Bilson designed a line of house ware products for Macy’s called Edie
Rose Home.

        Bilson also became an integral part of pop culture due to her series regular role on
the very popular television show “The O.C.” for four seasons.

      She also had guest-starring roles in television series such as “That ‘70s Show,”
“Mad TV,” “8 Simple Rules” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

            Bilson currently lives in Los Angeles, where she was also raised.

July 2011
                                  SCOTT PORTER
                           George Tucker in “Hart of Dixie”

       Scott Porter stars as Bluebell, Alabama’s golden boy George Tucker in The CW’s
new series “Hart of Dixie,” a fish-out-of-water story about a New York City doctor
(Rachel Bilson) adjusting to life in a small Southern town after she inherits a local
medical practice.

       Porter is perhaps best known for his critically-acclaimed performance on the
beloved drama “Friday Night Lights,” on which he starred as the fallen quarterback,
Jason Street. He also had recurring roles on the CBS hit drama “The Good Wife,”
opposite Julianna Margulies, and on “Caprica,” the prequel series to the smash hit
“Battlestar Galactica.”

        On the big screen, Porter will next be seen in Jamie Linden’s romantic comedy
“Ten Year,” alongside Channing Tatum, Kate Mara, Chris Pine and Rosario Dawson. He
recently wrapped production on Maggie Carey’s “The To Do List,” a film also starring
Rachel Bilson, Aubrey Plaza and Connie Britton. Additional film credits include “Dear
John,” directed by Lasse Hallstrom, opposite Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried;
“The Good Guy,” an independent drama starring Alexis Bledel, Bryan Greenberg and
Aaron Yoo; “Bandslam,” starring Lisa Kudrow and Vanessa Hudgens; Andy and Larry
Wachowski’s live-action “Speed Racer”; “Prom Night,” opposite Brittany Snow; “Music
and Lyrics,” starring Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore; and the independent feature
“Descent,” starring Rosario Dawson.

       Additionally, Porter has lent his voice to the wildly popular X-Men franchise. He
can be heard as the voice of Scott Summers (Cyclops) in the animated series on the G4
network, as well as voicing a lead character in the video game series “X-Men: Destiny.”

       After moving to New York City in 2005, Porter starred in two off-Broadway
productions: “Altar Boyz,” which earned a Drama League Ensemble Cast nomination,
and the award-winning “Toxic Audio,” which was honored with a Drama Desk Award
for Most Unique Theatrical Experience.

       Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Porter considers that city and Orlando to be
his hometowns.

July 2011
                                         JAIME KING
                               Lemon Breeland in “Hart of Dixie”

       Jaime King stars as consummate southern belle Lemon Breeland in The CW’s
new series “Hart of Dixie,” a fish-out-of-water story about a New York City doctor
(Rachel Bilson) adjusting to life in a small Southern town after she inherits a local
medical practice.

        With her charm and all-American mass appeal, King has graced the covers of top
fashion magazines as a model and starred in a variety of roles on television and in film as
a rising actress.

       On the big screen, King most recently starred in “Mother’s Day,” “The Spirit,”
“My Bloody Valentine 3D” and “Fanboys.” She also lent her voice to George Lucas’
animated series, “Star Wars: Clone Wars.” King also had feature film roles in “Pearl
Harbor,” “Blow,” “Slackers,” “Two for the Money,” “White Chicks,” “Sin City,”
“Cheaper by the Dozen 2,” as well as the independent features “Pretty Persuasion,” “The
Tripper,” “They Wait,” “A Fork in the Road” and “The Pardon.”

      King broke into television roles with MTV’s “House of Style,” “Kitchen
Confidential,” “The Class” and “Gary Unmarried.”

       She began her career as a fashion model, landing covers for top international
fashion magazines and later landing advertising campaigns for Armani, Calvin Klein,
Victoria’s Secret and Jay Z’s Rocawear clothing line. King was also a spokesperson for a
Revlon global cosmetic campaign.

            King currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Kyle.

July 2011
                                      WILSON BETHEL
                                Wade Kinsella in “Hart of Dixie”

        Wilson Bethel stars as Bluebell, Alabama’s resident bad boy Wade Kinsella in
The CW’s new series “Hart of Dixie,” a fish-out-of-water story about a New York City
doctor (Rachel Bilson) adjusting to life in a small Southern town after she inherits a local
medical practice.

       Bethel has two upcoming films: “The First Ride of Wyatt Earp,” opposite Val
Kilmer, and “Stealing Summers,” opposite James Jagger, son of Mick. Within the past
year, he has also filmed 80 episodes of “The Young and the Restless,” playing the
terminally embattled heartthrob, Ryder Callahan.

        Bethel landed his big break in the Emmy-nominated HBO miniseries “Generation
Kill” in 2008, playing a young recon Marine alongside Alexander Skarsgard and Stark
Sands. He made news in early 2010 as a final contender for the title role in Marvel’s
“Captain America.”

       Previous television credits include “Cold Case,” “NCIS” and “The O.C.” In fact,
Bethel guest-starred as Summer’s (Bilson) boyfriend on “The O.C.”

        A longtime DJ and record collector, Bethel is a self-proclaimed vinyl nerd. In
addition to his years of DJing in Los Angeles and New York, Bethel has kept a long-
running music blog (check out good music at with his older brother,
Charlie. In his spare time, he also enjoys playing guitar, reading, riding his bicycle and
getting busy on the dance floor.

            Bethel currently resides in Los Angeles.

July 2011
                                      CRESS WILLIAMS
                                 Lavon Hayes in “Hart of Dixie”

        Cress Williams stars as Bluebell, Alabama’s mayor and former football star
Lavon Hayes in The CW’s new series “Hart of Dixie,” a fish-out-of-water story about a
New York City doctor (Rachel Bilson) adjusting to life in a small Southern town after she
inherits a local medical practice.

        Williams was born in Heidelberg, Germany. Shortly after his birth, he returned
from Germany to Chicago. He moved with his mother to California when he was 3 and
spent most of his childhood in Orange County. He attended Fullerton Community
College where he received his theater and acting foundation. He later completed his
theater degree at UCLA. While in college, Williams performed in over 20 plays,
including “Othello,” “The Elephant Man,” “Extremities” and “Red Noses.” His film and
television career began toward the end of his college years.

       Most recently, Williams appeared in the final season of the beloved series “Friday
Night Lights.” His additional television credits include “Cold Case,” “Prison Break,”
“Close to Home,” “The West Wing,” “Veronica Mars,” “Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit,” “E.R.,” “NYPD Blue” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” among others. His film credits
include “2 Days in the Valley” and “Never Been Kissed,” starring Drew Barrymore.

            Williams currently resides in Los Angeles.

July 2011
                                 LEILA GERSTEIN
                         Executive Producer of “Hart of Dixie”

        Prior to serving as executive producer on the new fish-out-of-water drama “Hart
of Dixie,” Leila Gerstein served as a writer and co-executive producer on The CW’s hit
series “Gossip Girl.” Her additional television credits include serving as supervising
producer on “Eli Stone,” and as a writer on “The O.C.” and “Life As We Know It.” She
began her writing career as a New York City playwright.

        Gerstein currently resides in Los Angeles where production on “Hart of Dixie” is
currently underway on the Warner Bros. lot.

July 2011
                               STEPHANIE SAVAGE
                         Executive Producer of “Hart of Dixie”

        As the co-creator and executive producer of the hit CW drama series “Gossip
Girl,” Stephanie Savage keeps millions of viewers hooked on the exploits of young
Upper East Siders Serena and Blair, texting bffs who live their lives under the watchful
eye of the often heard but never seen series namesake ‘Gossip Girl.’ The pop culture
phenomenon, which is currently in its fifth season, was a trendsetter from the very
beginning. Before “XOXO,” there was “Welcome to the O.C., bitch,” and the popular
series “The O.C.,” which followed the exploits of young Southern Californians living in
Newport Beach. Savage wrote the iconic episode “The Best Chrismukkah Ever” in 2003,
and two years later began writing exclusively for the series, where she eventually became
an executive producer. Along the way, she also produced the series’ successful
soundtrack CDs. In 2010, she and longtime friend and colleague Josh Schwartz co-
founded the entertainment company Fake Empire, which produces television series and
motion pictures, web content, music and literature. Savage is producing the comedy
feature “Fun Size” through Fake Empire’s overall deal at Paramount, and executive
produced the company’s newest television series, “Hart of Dixie,” through their
development deal at Warner Bros. Television. The series premieres this fall on The CW.

       Prior to writing and executive producing “The O.C.,” Savage formed Wonderland
Sound and Vision with director McG. It was there that she actually developed “The
O.C.” with Schwartz. Savage began her career as VP of Development at Drew
Barrymore’s Flower Films. During her stint at Flower, she helped develop the feature
films “Never Been Kissed,” “Donnie Darko” and “Charlie’s Angels,” where she first met
and worked with McG. Wonderland’s first film, “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,”
grossed more than $265 million worldwide. The company also produced the series
“Fastlane” and “The Mountain,” along with “The O.C.”

        Building on her motion picture experience at Flower Films and Wonderland,
Savage will produce the drama “Bright Lights, Big City” for MGM. The film is based on
the seminal novel by Jay McInerney, which Schwartz adapted and will direct. Fake
Empire is also producing feature adaptations of “Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick,”
based on Joe Schreiber’s young adult novel; “The Luxe,” based on Anna Godbersen’s
best-selling series; and “Let it Snow,” based on the hit young adult novel from John
Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauran Myracle.

       Canadian-born Savage first came to Los Angeles from the University of Iowa,
where she taught film history and theory while working on her PhD. She is the published
author of several scholarly articles on true crime, scandal and pornography.

July 2011
                                  LEN GOLDSTEIN
                         Executive Producer of “Hart of Dixie”

        Len Goldstein has served as head of television for Fake Empire, the Warner Bros.
Television-based production company of acclaimed writer/producers Josh Schwartz
(“Gossip Girl,” “Chuck,” “The O.C.”) and Stephanie Savage (“Gossip Girl,” “The O.C.”)
since June 2010.

       In this role, Goldstein spearheads development of new television projects,
oversees current programming and executive produces new series alongside Schwartz
and Savage. Current series produced by Fake Empire include the stylish, trendsetting
“Gossip Girl,” beginning its fifth season in fall 2011; the action/spy comedy “Chuck,”
beginning its fifth season in fall 2011; and the new comedic drama “Hart of Dixie,”
premiering in fall 2011.

        For 13 years prior to joining Fake Empire, Goldstein held a number of
progressively responsible positions at Warner Bros. Television (WBTV). From 2004-
2010, he was WBTV’s Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs, overseeing the
studio’s comedy and drama development teams. During his tenure, he supervised the
creative efforts that resulted in hit series like Fake Empire’s “Gossip Girl” and “Chuck,”
as well as “The Mentalist,” “The Middle,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “Supernatural,”
among others.

       He also helped develop original internet series for Warner Bros. Television
Group’s digital destination The, including Schwartz’s “Rockville CA” and Rob
Corddry’s “Childrens Hospital,” which subsequently transitioned to cable television, with
additional seasons airing on Turner’s Adult Swim.

        Previously, Goldstein was Senior Vice President, Comedy Development, WBTV,
for two years after having served as Senior Vice President, Drama Development, WBTV.
He started at the company in 1997.

      Before joining WBTV, Goldstein served as Director of Development, Series and
Longform, at the Kushner-Locke Company.

July 2011

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