‘Hart of Dixie’: Belle epechh

●Hart of Dixie (9 p.m., CW) Depressingly glossy drama about a smug New York heart surgeon-in-training named Zoe Hart, who loses her residency and is forced to take a job as a general practitioner in tiny Bluebell, Ala. It’s “Northern Exposure” dumbed down to a nanoscopic scale. This imaginary small town — unbelievably immune to the influences of Wal-Mart and Popeyes — features handsome hicks, pet alligators and a clique of Southern belles who like to parade around in Scarlett O’Hara frippery. This is the South as seen by Hollywood writers who’ve never been there, or went there blindfolded. Grade: F

Hank Stuever

For reviews of all the new fall shows, go to wapo.st/falltv2011.

Hank Stuever has been The Post's TV critic since 2009. He joined the paper in 1999 as a writer for the Style section, where he has covered an array of popular (and unpopular) culture across the nation.
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