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Has Hart of Dixie Been Canceled?

Ominous tweets from the series creator seem to indicate Season 4 will be the last

Kaitlin Thomas

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Last October, ominous tweets posted by Hart of Dixie stars Scott Porter and Wilson Bethel had us questioning whether Season 4 would be the series last. At the time, The CW said no decision had been made regarding the series' future.

Despite new tweets from series creator Leila Gerstein, the network still has not made any decision. In January, CW President Mark Pedowitz gave the last official word about the show's future at the Television Critics Association winter previews.

"We're going to see the ratings," Pedowitz said. "I think Leila did a great job in the 10 episodes this year of making something fun for the fans. So if it ends, there's a great finale. If it doesn't end, there's a great season finale, but we're not committed one way or the other yet."

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On Friday, March 6, Gerstein tweeted, "The final three episodes of Hart of Dixie begin tonight. Buckle up, I think you will enjoy the ride. Xo." She then followed up with a few tweets that seemed to be meant to console worried fans. "No one out there loves HOD more than me. I would have gone 17 years!," she wrote. "But I assure you, we prepared for this, and the finale will be tremendously satisfying for all."

A week later, Porter blamed the series' low ratings in a tweet that has since been deleted. "Folks wondering why Hart of Dixie got canned? Simple numbers game folks. Ratings still matter and dictate wins and losses. You have to WATCH."

Since it returned in December, Hart of Dixie has been averaging 1.16 million viewers and a 0.4 in the 18-49 demographic. The show's third season also averaged a 0.4, but was renewed for a fourth season that was eventually cut to 10 episodes to accommodate star Rachel Bilson's real-life pregnancy, which was then written into the show. In February, co-star Jaime King announced she was pregnant with her second child. Her first pregnancy was not written into the series.

Hart of Dixie airs Fridays at 8/7c on The CW

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