Rick Kissell@ratesrick

The CW has decided to give its Southern charmer drama “Hart of Dixie” an earlier-than-expected premiere date, pairing it for one night next month with critically acclaimed newcomer “Jane the Virgin.”

“Hart of Dixie” will now kick off its fourth season on Monday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m., leading into the fall finale of “Jane the Virgin.” “The Originals,” which regularly airs Mondays at 8, will wrap its fall batch of episodes on Dec. 8.

The sked move not only gives “Hart” a higher-profile premiere, but it should also help provide a lift for “Jane,” which has been a modest ratings performer.

After the one-time Monday airing, “Hart of Dixie” will move to its planned Friday-at-8 timeslot, starting Jan. 9.

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