I hate to be one that nickpicks but as one that lives on the Gulf Coast it has be done in the cast of The CW’s “Hart of Dixie.” Last night I watched the premeire of the CW show “Hart of Dixie” starring Rachel Bilson (The O.C.) as Zoe Hart. In the pilot episode Hart’s internship plans are derailed because of her lack of personalibility with her patients. So her takes up an offer from a doctor from Bluebell,Alabama who attended her commencement speech to practice at his office. She moves there and to me it reminded me of a modern day version of “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman” where woman from big city moves to small town. Dr. Woman is not immediately accepted into her new surroundings because of sexist and other reasons. While watching the premiere I imagined the ficitional town of Bluebell, AL to be located somewhere in Baldwin County Alabama and then I thought about where other CW network shows are filmed.
“Gossip Girl” is based in New York and is filmed in New York.
“90210” is filmed in California and is based in California.
“One Tree Hill is based in “North Carolina” and is filmed there.
So I wonder why is “Hart of Dixie” that is based in a fictional town on the Gulf Coast not filmed on the Gulf Coast.
I understand that in television it’s all an illusion and there are procedures that have to take place with local officials to most likely film anything. However, I’m while watching the show was imaging the possibilities of having a major television show film on the Gulf Coast. Examples:
Students studying television production with the local colleges and universities could have internship opportunities as well as learn about the process of filming a television show.
Employment opportunuties for the locals in the area.
The chance of local points of interest to be featured such as Lulu’s , the Grand Hotel at Point Clear, and Ladd Staduim in order to generate tourism dollars and attention.
Maybe I’m just a little bit too far in this and I’m sure the producer’s of “Hart of Dixie” will not be changing their minds about filming location anytime soon but for those wanting to do a show about life on the Gulf Coast please consider filming here the next time.