Doctors and dinosaurs. What more do you need on a Monday night?!
Two highly anticipated fall shows premiered tonight: Rachel Bilson made her return to TV as a New York doctor forced to move to Alabama in the CW's Hart of Dixie; and viewers got their first look at Terra Nova, Fox's ambitious prehistoric adventure series.
When we reviewed both shows, we weren't shy about our genuine interest in them, especially Hart of Dixie, which we said we wanted to hug the crap out of. So did you want to hug the crap out of the charming dramedy as well? And do you still want to hang with the dinosaurs over at Terra Nova?
Bilson stars in Dixie as Dr. Zoe Hart, a gifted surgeon who moves to a small town (Bluebell, Ala.) to hone her bedside manner. Zoe soon meets the town's inhabitants, including the charming town golden boy George Tucker (Friday Night Light's Scott Porter); his difficult Southern belle fiancée, Lemon (Jaime King); Lavon (FNL's Cress Williams), the mayor who shares a complicated history with Lemon; and bad-boy-next-door Wade (Wilson Bethel), whom Zoe drunkenly hooks up with in the first episode. We just love the old-school WB throwback vibe of the show; it's Gilmore Girls meets Everwood and is the perfect show to watch while relaxing with a glass of wine. Well done, Josh Schwartz & Co. Well done.
If any show had a lot of hype leading up to its premiere, it was Terra Nova. From executive producer Steven Spielberg, this series is the definition of ambitious: Set in an apocalyptic 2149, Terra Nova relies heavily on special effects, especially for its dinosaurs (including Brachiosauruses and T.rexes).
The show centers on the Shannon family, who escape to Terra Nova, a prehistoric paradise, after former cop Jim (Jason O'Mara) escapes from jail. His crime? Having a third child, Zoe (Alana Mansour), with wife Elisabeth (Shelley Conn). Along for the journey are their two older children, surly son Josh (Landon Liboiron), and awkward daughter Maddy (Naomi Scott). We're pretty sure viewers will either love or hate Terra Nova and we're dying to find out which side you landed on.
So did Terra Nova live up to its hype? And were you as charmed by Hart of Dixie as we were? Vote in our latest Save It or Sink It poll and then head on over to the comments to defend your opinions and chat with fellow TV lovers.