While we're at it, here's another thing to know about the new series: Just because Rachel Bilson is working with 'The O.C.' creator Josh Schwartz again doesn't mean her new character, Zoe Hart, will be anything like Summer Roberts.
" Summer was definitely her own entity," she told AOL TV, nixing the idea that the two characters might be similar. Of course, they are played by the same actress, so it could feel a little familiar. "You know, you're yourself, so some of her mannerisms might match up."
She did steer clear of one thing when crafting her new onscreen persona, Zoe, a New York City doctor who inherits a medical practice in a small Alabama town. "I tried to stay away from the 'ew,' that was sort of Summer's trademark. I decided to do it with a different inflection on the word."
Bilson says it feels great to be working with Schwartz again. "Josh and I are kind of like brother and sister, so it's basically working with your family again," she told AOL TV. "Everyone else on the show, we're an instant family."
Co-star Jaime King promises that fans of Schwartz's other CW show, 'Gossip Girl,' will love his new creation. King plays Zoe's new nemesis, the "sassy Southern belle" Lemon Breeland. "She is very steeped in her tradition and what her father wants -- her father basically runs the town," she says. "Rachel Bilson's character comes in and falls in love with my fiance and I'm not having it. So its a very 'West Side Story,' in-your-face-battle between us and it's pretty hilarious.
What kind of hilarity? "Major catfights, but hilarious, in the Dixie Mart with Rachel in Chanel and me in Grace Kelly clothes with, like, pickled pig feet in the background."
King says she loves the prim and proper Southern style of her character. "I love my clothes. It's all vintage Grace Kelly with the wavy hair ... she's dressed to the nines. It's fun to play characters like that because it's fun to see them come undone when they look so perfect."
That drama between Lemon and Zoe is caused by Zoe's attraction to Lemon's fiance, George, played by former 'Friday Night Lights' quarterback Scott Porter.
"My character is George Tucker, town golden boy," he says. "He loves where he lives; he loves Bluebell, Alabama. But there's an interesting element in the fact that he went away from home, got an ivy league education, worked at a prestigious law firm in New York City an then came back home for reasons that we'll uncover later on."
His engagement is tested when Zoe comes to town and sparks fly. "George is intrigued by her. He sees someone that he can actually talk to about an experience that he had that nobody else can relate to. He also is a lifeline to her, someone that she can talk to. So, is it a spark? I don't know. We'll see."
There are shades of 'Friday Night Lights' hero Jason Street in that character description, which Porter acknowledges, but ultimately he says they're very different characters. "I think that George is a little bit more lighthearted. We never really got to know Jason Street pre-injury but I think there's a humility about both of them that's very endearing," he says. "But I think George is a little more sarcastic. He's older; he's a little bit more wary; he knows what's going on. He's not bright-eyed like everyone else."
Ultimately, Porter says that although he enjoyed playing nice-guy Jason Street and another recent role, the mischief-causing Blake on 'The Good Wife' ("yeah, [Blake] was definitely the most different character from me personally that I've played in quite some time"), he sees more of himself in George.
"I'm pretty sarcastic in my daily life as well, but not in a cynical kind of way -- in a fun, playful way, and that's exactly what George is all about. And I was born in a small town in Nebraska so I understand small-town life; I understand what it's like to go home. Nebraska's always going to be home for me."
Of course, George isn't the only potential love interest for Bilson. (Lucky girl.) Wilson Bethel describes his character as one of the "small-town Alabamites who charm and enchant [Zoe]. I play Wade Kinsella, who's a no-good local Southern bad boy fisherman, (drawls) just rollin' 'round in my car, doing my thang."
His "thang" includes trying his hand at wooing the lovely Zoe. "Naturally. Come on. Wouldn't you?"
'Hart of Dixie' premieres Mon., Sept. 26, 9PM ET on The CW
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