Leila Gerstein

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Leila Gerstein is an American television producer and screenwriter.

Gerstein has written for television shows, including The O.C. and Life As We Know It, and written and produced episodes of Eli Stone.[1] She was praised for her use of "sharp dialogue" in The O.C. episode "The Metamorphosis".[2] She created the 2011 medical comedy-drama series Hart of Dixie.

Hart of Dixie[edit]

In February 2011, The CW ordered the pilot for Gerstein's Hart of Dixie and on May 17, 2011 officially picked up the series for the 2011-2012 season. The show is about a New York City doctor named Zoe Hart who inherits a medical practice in a small Southern town inhabited by an eclectic and eccentric group of characters. It was penned by Gerstein and is executive produced by Stephanie Savage, Josh Schwartz and Len Goldstein through Fake Empire production company.[3]

On February 2, 2011, Jason Ensler was booked to direct the pilot.[4] On February 15, 2011, Rachel Bilson signed on to play Zoe Hart, the main character.[5]

Hart of Dixie premiered on September 26, 2011. On May 11, 2012, the CW renewed the series for a second season, on April 26, 2013, for a third, and on May 8, 2014, for a fourth.

Writing Credits[edit]

Life As We Know It[edit]

  • A Little Problem (Season 1 Episode 9)

Tempting Adam[edit]

  • Tempting Adam (TV movie, 2004)[6]

The O.C.[edit]

  • The Sister Act (S03E12)
  • The Day After Tomorrow (S03E20)
  • The Metamorphosis (S04E04)
  • The Dream Lover (S04E11)

Eli Stone[edit]

  • One More Try (S01E05)
  • I Want Your Sex (S01E09)
  • Grace (S02E02)
  • Unwritten (S02E03)
  • Owner of a Lonely Heart (S02E08)
  • Mortal Combat (S02E11)

Gossip Girl[edit]

  • Southern Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (S02E22)
  • Rufus Getting Married (S03E05)
  • The Last Days of Disco Stick (S03E10)
  • The Sixteen Year Old Virgin (S03E15)
  • Touch of Eva (S04E04)
  • Damien Darko (S04E13)
  • The Princesses and the Frog (S04E20)

Hart of Dixie[edit]

  • Pilot (S01E01)
  • Parades & Pariahs (S01E02)
  • The Crush & The Crossbow (S01E07)
  • Sweetie Pies & Sweaty Palms (S01E13)
  • Destiny & Denial (S01E19)
  • The Big Day (S01E22)
  • I Fall to Pieces (S02E01)
  • Blue Christmas (S02E10)
  • Where I Lead Me (S02E16)
  • This Kiss (S02E19)
  • On the Road Again (S02E22)
  • Who Says You Can't Go Home? (S03E01)
  • Miracles (S03E08)
  • Carrying Your Love with Me (S03E16)
  • Second Chance (S03E22)


  1. ^ "Leila Gerstein - Filmography". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  2. ^ Fienberg, Daniel (2006-11-16). "'The O.C.' Lightens Up". Zap2it.com. Tribune Media Services. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  3. ^ Ng, Philiana. "The CW Orders Pilot From 'Gossip Girl' Producers". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  4. ^ The Futon Critic 02/09/11
  5. ^ Guthrie, Marisa. "Rachel Bilson Signs On for CW Pilot 'Hart of Dixie'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  6. ^ Tempting Adam, IMDb

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