'Hart of Dixie' Season 3: Kaitlyn Black's Annabeth promoted to series regular

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Annabeth is here to stay: "Hart of Dixie" has just promoted the fan-favorite, bubbly Bluebell Belle played by Kaitlyn Black to series regular for Season 3.

"I'm overjoyed to be joining such a talented cast and extremely grateful to be part of the CW family," Black said in an interview with TVLine.

The actress has recurred on the CW southern soap since Season 1, but will now be top-billed along with stars Rachel Bilson, Scott Porter, Wilson Bethel, Cress Williams, Jaime King, and Tim Matheson. Season 3 will also see the introduction of two new recurring characters. Joel, a quintessential New York artist, passes through the charming southern town to get some inspiration for his latest book but finds that he may not want to leave so soon. Lynly, Lavon's spoiled, cluless cousin, arrives to town in the hopes of mending her broken heart. But it turns out that she's not as dumb as she lets everyone think. Will she cause trouble for Lavon and Annabeth? No word yet, but thanks to Black's promotion, you can bet we'll be seeing a lot more of their relationship.

"Kaitlyn started off with one line, and we fell in love with her," showrunner Leila Gerstein said. "Her part has grown and grown as the writing staff has become more enraptured with Annabeth (and Kaitlyn). And, at this point, she has become so integral to the series -- as Lemon's best friend, as Lavon's girlfriend, and as Zoe's confidante -- that we needed to make sure she was all ours!"

"Hart of Dixie" Season 3 premieres on Monday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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