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Olivia Pope’s trench coat on Scandal
Executive producer Mark Schwahn wanted Lucas Scott (Chad Michael Murray) to return to One Tree Hill on Feb. 22 for the CW show’s last season, but the homecoming had to feel organic. Fortunately, the storyline presented a perfect opportunity: The husband of Lucas’ longtime buddy Haley (Bethany Joy Galeotti) is missing, So she’d naturally turn to Lucas for a little support. “It’s a nice little gift for fans who want to see him one last time,” Schwahn says.
Here’s your first look:
Early on in One Tree Hill‘s eventual nine-year run, Mark Schwahn remembers clearly how one critic described the show: “painfully earnest.” Personally, he’s always preferred “heartfelt.”
And while not too much about the show’s heart-tugging tendencies will change in the show’s final season, which kicks off tonight, he didn’t take the opportunity to go out on bold terms lightly. “I felt like we had to worry less about our safety net so we could take more risks on the high wire,” says Schwahn. “We didn’t want to do a season of just looking back and self-congratulatory in a way. So I wanted the season to be challenging.” And fans will get a chance to see what challenges await the characters in the first minutes of tonight’s premiere. READ FULL STORY
Happy Friday, all!
What a week it’s been. If you, like me, are suffering from this strange, post-holiday walking coma, then hopefully this week’s column puts a little skip back into your step.
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‘FRINGE’ BOSSES ANSWER YOUR BURNING QUESTIONS! READ FULL STORY
The beginning of the end for One Tree Hill has been set: The long-running drama will begin its ninth and final season on Jan. 11.
The network will give the drama 13 episodes to answer these very important questions: How will Brooke and Julian juggle parenthood and their careers? With Nathan traveling more as an agent, how will Haley’s life change with a second child, an increasingly independent Jamie, and a busy café to run? Is a wedding in store for Quinn and Clay, or for Mouth and Millicent?
Good God, is there really enough time?
The series stars Sophia Bush, Bethany Joy Galeotti, James Lafferty, Robert Buckley, and Austin Nichols. The CW announced last May that this would be the last year for the drama.
CW will also bow the new reality series Remodeled on Jan. 18. It follows modeling industry veteran Paul Fisher as he tries to unite a bunch of small agencies around the world under one umbrella company called The Network. It’s from Sony Pictures Television and executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan (Big Brother).
CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Television Group have signed a four-year deal with Netflix that will allow its customers to instantly watch more than 700 hours of previous seasons of scripted series that currently air on The CW, including episodes of Ringer, Hart of Dixie, The Secret Circle, The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, 90210, Supernatural, Nikita, and One Tree Hill.
“This is a forward-thinking agreement … that opens a new door for The CW programming to expand its audience reach through the terrific Netflix service, and creates a brand-new window for CBS and Warner Bros. to be paid for the content we supply the network,” said Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of the CBS Corporation, in a statement. READ FULL STORY
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.”
It wasn’t entirely unexpected, but CW topper Dawn Ostroff told advertisers today in New York that One Tree Hill will return to the network’s midseason lineup next year for its final 13 episodes. It will be the drama’s ninth (!!!) season.
Miraculously, the long-running series was given the greenlight for another year — a pretty remarkable feat, since the drama has set some sort of record for having been a bubble show every season for the past eight years.
The CW will attempt to lure Chad Michael Murray (Lucas) and Hilarie Burton (Peyton), both of whom left in 2009, back for the show’s final episodes.
Roomies, I hope this scoop finds you well!
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See you next Friday!
‘HOUSE’ GOES OFF THE CLOCK – AND IT’S DISGUSTING(LY AWESOME)
The penultimate episode of House takes us behind the curtain of our favorite doctors’ lives – and let’s just put this out there: These people are highly troubled. Oh, but that’s why we love them. READ FULL STORY
Where did the time ago? It seems like just yesterday that we were anxiously awaiting the start of Lone Star; now we can barely remember that two-timing cad. That’s because it’s season finale time – that heartbreaking period when we bid adieu to nine months of scripted heaven to make way for three months of unscripted hell on the broadcast networks. (Don’t worry, Big Brother: We still adore thee).
Fire up your DVR playlists, kids … here are all the broadcast net finales. READ FULL STORY
The CW just announced early renewals of five shows for next season. Ready?
Gossip Girl, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries and 90210 are all coming back, along with a first-ever all-star edition of America’s Next Top Model.
All will return next fall. None are huge surprises — Vampire Diaries is the network’s biggest hit, Gossip and 90210 are solid-ish and Friday’s Supernatural has helped keep the network strong on TV’s toughest night. Doing an all-star edition of veteran Top Model also makes sense as a way to potentially boost its numbers after 16 cycles. As for the shows that were not renewed… READ FULL STORY
Happy Friday, Roommates! Lots of scoop in TV land (the best land of them all) this week, so I won’t keep you long. Just a reminder to send your scoop requests/musings/Fringe theories/flattery to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find me on Twitter @EWSandraG. See you again same time Tuesday! READ FULL STORY
Ish is about to hit the fan, Hill fans, and trust me when I say you want to be around to see it happen.
Back in March, before One Tree Hill took a six-week break, from which it returned last night, we found out that Professor Kellerman’s young son — and now Nathan’s young star talent — was involved in the crash that nearly claimed the life of Nathan’s son. And even though last night’s ep focused on a lot of baby drama, Nathan’s work has only begun.
“I think Nathan’s gotten himself into something here,” says Lafferty. “I think he feels like he has to do some detective work. Whether or not he should be taking it upon himself remains to be seen. He definitely is going to pursue the truth, and I think it’s possible he will bite off more than he can chew.”
And a warning to the Kellermans… and anyone else involved: Nathan’s ready for a fight. READ FULL STORY