One Tree Hill is an American teen, young adult television drama created by Mark Schwahn, which premiered on September 23, 2003 on The WB Television Network.After its third season, The WB merged with UPN to form The CW Television Network, and since September 27, 2006 the network is the official broadcaster for the show in the USA. The show is set in fictional town Tree Hill in North Carolina and originally follows the lives of two half-brothers, Lucas Scott (Chad Michael Murray) and Nathan Scott (James Lafferty). Their relationship evolves from heartless enemies to caring brothers, and the basketball drama, as well as the brothers’ on-again/off-again romances with female characters, are significant elements within the series.The first four seasons of the show focus on the characters’ high school years. With the beginning of the fifth season, Schwahn decided to skip the timeline four years ahead, showing their lives after college. In the seventh season, he adjusted the timeline one year into the future after the sixth season.The opening credits were originally intertwined with the song “I Don’t Want to Be” by Gavin DeGraw playing in the background. The theme was removed from the opening in the fifth season, due to production costs and Schwahn feeling that it was more so representative of the main five’s adolescent lives.The credits then only consisted of the title written on a black background. The theme was restored for Season 8, due to audience demand, and will be sung by different artists each week.
The show has received average ratings, with the second season being the highest rated season, averaging 4.3 million viewers weekly.It has also won Teen Choice Awards. On May 12, 2009, it was confirmed that Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton declined to return for the seventh season, although stories on what transpired vary. Their characters (Lucas and Peyton) had been two of the five main protagonists, as well as one of the central love stories, throughout the show.Since the two departed, ratings have steadily declined with some episodes reaching below the two million mark; this ties in with the network’s other shows that also suffered a decline in ratings.The CW officially renewed the show for an eighth season consisting of a minimum 12 episodes on May 18, 2010.Schwahn said this is the last season all the original cast members are contracted for. However, he is hoping the series could go on for more seasons as the network did not announce this as the last season of the show, which they did for Smallville.There were reports that the show had been picked up for a full 22-episode season, but this has since been denied by The CW and Sophia Bush. As of September 2010, the future of the show is still uncertain, and this is affecting the scripts in terms of whether the show needs to be concluded or not. Season eight premiered on The CW on Tuesday, September 14.
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