Update: One Tree Hill is now officially renewed for season 9 <= check the link for more info!
A possible season 9? Here's what creator Mark Schwann has to say...
"I think we all really enjoyed this season, and when I say 'we' I mean the cast, and the producers, and everybody. I think that there's real interest in Season 9 from the studio and network."
When asked about a season 9,
"I don't know if it'll happen. There are a million reasons why they pick up a show or don't pick it up, but I think in terms of ratings and in terms of our creative scope this year, I think the show was great. We would absolutely do it again if they want us. I should just say 'I' would absolutely do it again, if they want to."
"The good news is, I don't think there's anyone who would absolutely not come back. There's no one in the cast who would say 'I have no interest in coming back.'"
When asked about the last 5 episodes yet to air from season 8, he says,
"In the final 5 episodes, I think the cast and the crew were invigorated by the work we were doing. By the end of the season, people felt - and I think rightfully so - that we're still making really good shows and we're still having fun doing it."
Schwann was asked about the possibility of Leyton returning on One Tree Hill, and he says it won't happen in season 8. If they do get a season 9, he will try to get them for an episode or two.
As for the season finale, Austin Nichols (Julian) says,
"There is a really cool device in the finale ... where we're jumping through months. If it [is] in fact a series finale, it will be very satisfying. I know that there are seeds planted if there's going to be another season,"
We've got more news coming for you from Mark Schwahn, but in the meantime, we'll leave you with some teasers. In the final five episodes:
- We'll see a trip to Puerto Rico.
- A very bad spray-tan,
- A whole new side of Julian,
- The potential return of Clothes Over Bros,
- And musical performances from several cast members, including both Bethany Joy Galeotti and James Lafferty - though in rather different contexts.