At today’s CW upfront presentation, it was confirmed that One Tree Hill has been renewed but will be ending after nine seasons on the air. Bethany Joy Galeotti, Sophia Bush are signed on for the final season while James Lafferty is expected to return part-time.
The CW drama will return mid-season with a final set of 13 episodes. Plans are for a January debut but the night and time haven’t been set just yet. It’ll likely take over for a new or returning series that doesn’t receive a full season order.
Outgoing CW president Dawn Ostroff shared the news in New York with advertisers and noted that she was confident that new CW boss Mark Pedowitz would be able to coerce former stars Chad Murray and Hilarie Burton into returning.
Ostroff said, “Mark Pedowitz is going to talk with them… I don’t think anything has been done yet, but now that everybody knows that this is the final 13 episodes…” “That makes it more possible as far as cast members coming back,” Pedowitz added.
One Tree Hill was on the bubble once again this season but has the same season averages as 90210, which was given an early pick up. When it was looking like season eight might be the end, producers tried to lure Murray and Burton back for this season’s finale but couldn’t make the scheduling work.
Executive producer Mark Schwahn told TV Line. “Hilarie now has a child and a family, and she’s doing some nice work [as a series regular on USA’s White Collar]. Chad was working on a movie (The Haunting in Georgia) down in Louisiana, and there were dates we were trying to work around, but it’s tricky when you try to line up all those stars sometimes.” He noted, “Everybody had the best intentions but at the end of the day, it just didn’t work out.” Hopefully, with more advance notice, they’ll make it back before the end.
What do you think? Will you be sorry to see One Tree Hill go? Would you prefer a tenth season? Do you think Murray and Burton will return or did you like their swan song at the end of season six?
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Would love to see Murray & Burton back. I watch Hillarie on White Collar, but would like to see more of Chad. I love OTH and am glad it is getting another season even only 13 episodes. I would like to see Lucas & Peyton & Sawyer to be there for Brooks baby’s birth. The way it was left with Dan & Nathan left an opening for reconcilliation, I have mixed feelings, expecially with Lucas & Dan. I loved OTH and have watched all the time, but last season wasn’t their best, I miss Lucas & Peyton, the show lost… Read more »
Would love to see Murray & Burton back for the final season or even the final 2-3 episodes. It would be great to see what they’ve been up to with their daughter, Sawyer.
I’d also like to see Dan a little more in the final episodes. I definitely want to see James Lafferty more than part time.
As an avid Tree Hill fan, I’m just glad they’re returning at all!
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I don’t understand why there isn’t a full season 9. It’s ridicoulous. The CW is being so stupid. The only shows that look good next year are The Secret Circle and The Ringer. Of course, I still watch The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, and 90210, but knowing One Tree Hill is going out next year…it’s ridicoulous to know this network couldn’t give them a full order. We have to write to the CW. We HAVE to change their minds. I wanted a season 10…I didn’t want only 13 episodes of a season 9. I hope all the new shows fail… Read more »
This is a joke
TWO Tree Hill would be a fabulous addition to the CW… the kids of our favorite people on TV. It was a little difficult without Peyton and Lucas, but they made it work. I am not sure why there are only 13 episodes.. I am sure there will be a slew of new shows on next season… anyone ever think ratings never take off because noone wants to invest in shows they never even give a chance to? I have stopped watching new shows altogether. If they make it through 2 seasons, I rent them and then start watching!
I watched one tree hill from the beginning and fell in love with the show.
I think it should run for one more season as least.
It’s been an awesome run for OTH!
One more season, YAY! Though it ended quite well, I thought, we can have more. Say, Jamie’s love life, a triangle with Chuck, and perhaps seeing Brooke’s twins growing up and being terrible two’s!
I will be sad to see it end, but I hope Dan comes back and is welcomed!
Arrgh! I didn’t want OTH to get a ninth season just like NCIS did.
I love one tree hill!! i don’t want it to go at all!! 🙁 But yes i think they should bring back Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton!!
i am in love with one tree hill i think there should be a full season especially if it’s the last! i love that hilarie and chad might come back because they were a huge part of the series. i wish one tree hill would have a tenth season but i know it’s not likely! i just hope everything works out in the end.
To the CW Network One Tree Hill is one of my favorite shows to Watch on the CW Network Mark Needs To Pull Another Rabbit out of the hat for a Oth Season 9. To the CW Network Please give Mark Schwahn a back order for a Oth Season 9. Mark Schwhan wants this Season 9 One Tree Hill to be a longer run on the CW Network. He really wants 200 episodes on One Tree Hill So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE TO A BACK ORDER for Mark Schwhan or please please please please buy many more Episodes for Mark Schwhan… Read more »
I love oth!!! It makes my day!!! Srsly..! It can’t be over after the 9 season, i can’t live without one tree hill!! :(:(
I feel like they stand behind their positive statements.. Lets just wait and see.. been a loyal viewer aswell
do you think with all the characters having kids that there could be a possible spinoff!! I have watched one tree hill since the very first episodes I have been very loyal to the show!! very sad to see this show go but understand it been on for a long time and story lines can only go so far!! I wish everyone luck and thank them for the tears and laughter!!