Hurricane Irene shuts down 'One Tree Hill' production


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While the lights of Broadway prepare to dim on Sunday for Hurricane Irene, the lights on the set of The CW’s One Tree Hill have already gone dark. The show, which shoots in Wilmington, N.C., has shut down production for Friday and Saturday. Star Sophia Bush tweeted late Thursday, “OTH production has been canceled for tomorrow. All our fans in town, please stay inside! We will not be filming. Stay safe #HurricaneIrene.” Costar Austin Nichols also announced the news to fans: “Shutting down production tomorrow. Can’t wait to dance with this large woman called Irene.” In a statement, a rep for the show says, “As a precautionary measure and in consideration of our cast and crew, One Tree Hill production has shut down for today and tomorrow due to Hurricane Irene. We will continue to monitor the situation over the next few days.”

The NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment tells EW it has revoked filming permits that had been issued for New York City for Sunday, Aug. 28 due to Hurricane Irene. The six small productions that were scheduled to shoot this weekend had already voluntarily rearranged their schedules because of the weather. Those include the reality shows Hoarders and Clean House, the film adaptation of Leslye Headland’s play Bachelorette (starring Isla Fisher, Kirsten Dunst, and Lizzy Caplan), and the untitled follow-up from Like Crazy writer/director Drake Doremus starring Guy Pierce and Amy Ryan. If Irene hits New York City hard and causes power outages, flooding, and transportation issues that last through Monday, more TV shows could be affected. Just earlier this week, Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced that a record-breaking 23 primetime TV shows film in the city’s five boroughs.

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Comments (26 total) Add your comment
  • Dinjab

    OMFG! NO! Geez, EW is really stretching for stories on how Irene is impacting the entertainment world.

  • Emma

    This is still on?

    • Kris

      You’re an idiot.

    • Jane

      Oh no, I feel so depressed.


  • Rick

    Hopefully, the Hurricane pulls this show into an early cancellation. Funny, this is the besy press OTH has ever got. Thanks, Irene!

    • Alex

      Grow up, troll!

  • 4ref

    This is all it took??? Should’ve brewed up a hurricane years ago!

  • javi

    lol who says huracanes are bad irene made a miracle.

  • Christian

    u stupid cun+s!!

  • Captain

    Lindsay was right, the Internet is for two things “porn and complaining.” I hope something fills the void in your lives.

    • 4ref

      @Captain. Aren’t you complaining about complaining? Good luck with “your void.”

  • AN

    Haters are jealous idiots!

    • Summer

      Jealous of what? That Jake Gyllenhall’s boyfriend & those other lousy, lousy actors takes up space which could be much better used.

      • Hafssa

        yesterday’s east coast earthquake was ceuasd by an unknown fault line running under D.C. and through Virginia. It is now being called Obama’s Fault, though Obama will say it’s really Bush’s Fault. Another theory is that it was the founding fathers rolling over in their graves, but some believe what was an earthquake was actually the effects of a 14.6 trillion dollar check bouncing in Washington.

    • cjm

      @AN. You apparently are a jealous idiot for being a hater of haters.

  • Julie

    Wow, I seriously had no idea this show was still on the air.

    • Maureen

      Me too!

  • brabdon

    its a midseason show now anyways. Why have they started filming already?

    • O’Dell

      Probably to release the cast to pursue new projects.

  • Person

    When The CW wouldn’t cancel One Tree Hill:
    God took matters into his own hands

    • Andrea

      LMAO, Two thumbs up

      • Ash

        LOL, now that was funny

    • Antonella

      I just read a local news article that was hatbarreeking. Many businesses in our area are still without power (power company has estimated may be restored by the weekend) and many, many people who live paycheck-to-paycheck are out of work. You forget about things like this when your life was barely disrupted by the storm.But on a positive note, some local businesses are offering free services to those who still don’t have power. Hair salons are giving free shampoos and health clubs/gyms are offering free showers.I need to find out how I can help.

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  • Ramealaa

    We had a flash flood here years ago that decimated a nebhigorhood. By decimated I mean flooded basements, moved cars around, ruined fences. The muck and mud was so thick on the ground. I was awed at what Mother Nature can do. We don’t have a lot of that here, our weather is fairly mild, so we are fortunate. Knock on wood. I’m glad you’re okay.

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