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Will Pilot Role Force Bethel To Bail?

Wilson Bethel just returned to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Ryder a few weeks ago, but might a role in a television pilot for the CW lead the actor to check out of Genoa City once again? Bethel has been cast opposite THE O.C. sweetheart Rachel Bilson in the comedic drama HART OF DIXIE, which stars Bilson as Zoe, a young New York City doctor who inherits a medical practice in a small Southern town populated by a rather eccentric lot of residents. “I play her bad-boy love interest,” Bethel tells Soaps In Depth. “We’re shooting in North Carolina.” In fact, the actor will spend much of April on location for the pilot, but In Depth hears that Y&R will likely do some pre-taping so that Ryder won’t be absent from the canvas during that time. But should the pilot go to series, whether or not he’ll leave Y&R is a bridge Bethel will have to cross should the time come. “I’m not sure where it would shoot,” he says.

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