In the 1982 novel "Shoeless Joe" by W. P. Kinsella, the (fictional) main character, Ray Kinsella, goes on a road trip to find the (real) writer J. D. Salinger, author of "Catcher in the Rye," because Salinger had a real-life habit of using the last name "Kinsella" for his characters and Ray wants to find out why. In "Hart of Dixie," the character of Wade Kinsella is played by Wilson Bethel, whose mother, the writer Joyce Maynard, had a very well-publicized relationship with J. D. Salinger.
Wilson Bethel was the first person to audition to the role of Wade.After the audition the creator (Leila Gerstein) and executive producer(Stephane Savage) said they were "blushing" and hired him right away.
The restaurant at which the characters in Bluebell hang out is called the "Rammer Jammer." This is a reference to a spectators' cheer yelled at University of Alabama football games when Alabama has just won or is clearly about to win. The cheer goes: "Hey, (opposing team)! Hey, (opposing team)! Hey, (opposing team)! We just beat the hell outta you! Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer Give 'em hell, Alabama!" The term "Rammer-Jammer" came from the title of a 1920s-era student newspaper, while the Yellowhammer is the state bird of Alabama. The shooting location is the same as the one for the restaurant/bar Merlotte's in the HBO series True Blood (2008). There actually is a restaurant called "Rama Jama's" across the street from the University of Alabama football stadium in Tuscaloosa.
The top view of the whole town is used in Pretty Little Liars, Witches of East End, The Carrie Diaries, Gilmore Girls, Riverdale, Bitten and Hart of Dixie. The set itself is used on Pretty Little Liars, Gilmore Girls, and Hart of Dixie.
When shows are shown overseas the titles are rarely exact translations of the English one, especially as it is often hard to translate a pun of an idiomatic expression, like this show's title. In other countries the titles (translated into English) include: A Choice of the Heart (Brazil); The Southern Heart (Serbia); Heartland (Finland); Doctor of Hearts (Hungary); Zoe Hart from the Southern State (Russia).
Both 'Hart of Dixie' and Gilmore Girls' were filmed in the same location. Wilson Bethel (Wade Kinsella) has appeared in the TV show 'How to Get Away with Murder' with Liza Weil, playing Charles Mahoney and Bonnie Winterbottom respectively. Liza previously played the character of Paris Gellar in 'Gilmore Girls'.
Hassie Harrison, who plays the character of Lucy (in episodes 'Should've Been a Cowboy, 'Back in the Saddle Again' and 'The Butterstick Tab'), is in real life Wilson Bethel's (Wade Kinsella) girlfriend.
The house used as Wade Kinsella's home would later be used in the 'Supergirl' episode 'Truth, Justice and the American Way', when the character of Alex Danvers is searching for the hideout of the Master Jailer, an alien on the loose.