Hart of Dixie Exclusive: Look Who's Playing Zoe's MIA Dad (Hint: There's a Chuck Connection)!

Zoe Hart’s daddy issues will be moving front and center during the second half of Hart of Dixie‘s rookie season.

We know this because TVLine has learned exclusively that acting vet Gary Cole is joining the CW charmer as the superstar surgeon whom Rachel Bilson’s character was raised to believe was her father.

Cole, who in recent years has recurred on Desperate Housewives, Entourage and Chuck, is booked to appear in at least two episodes.

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Zoe’s dad grew distant from her when she was young after learning that he wasn’t her biological father — something Zoe herself only recently discovered (and after pinning her hopes on one day joining his esteemed medical practice). As a result, their reunion is sure to be a bittersweet one.

Thoughts? Pretty cool that Zoe Hart and Sarah Walker are essentially-but-not-really sisters? Hit the comments!