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J.J. Abrams, 'One Tree Hill' Creator Team for New CW Project and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 7th 2011 4:30PM
J.J. Abrams The CWEverybody wants a piece of J.J. Abrams. The in-demand producer is teaming up with 'One Tree Hill' creator Mark Schwahn for a new drama project based around a hotel.

According to Deadline, the project is one of the highest-profile projects at the network. Schwahn will pen 'Maine' (tentatively title) with both men executive producing the project. 'Maine,' described as a character-based drama, will follow the staff of a hotel and its guests.

This is a homecoming of sorts for Abrams. He started his TV career on The WB with 'Felicity.'

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James Lafferty Will Appear in 'One Tree Hill' Finale, Melanie Griffith Has a Lifetime Pilot and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 25th 2011 11:00AM
James Lafferty One Tree Hill FinaleJames Lafferty will be in the 'One Tree Hill' finale. Phew.

According to Zap2It, Lafferty has made a deal with the studio and return to be part of the final episode of The CW series. All of Lafferty's scenes this season were pre-written and shot ahead of time, but scenes for the series finale weren't written when while Lafferty was filming. However, he'll return to North Carolina to be part of the finale.

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The CW Shows Coming to Netflix Instant Streaming

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 13th 2011 12:15PM
CW Netflix'The Vampire Diaries' fans will soon be able to sink their teeth into 'The Vampire Diaries' whenever they want on Netflix.

The CW and Netflix have struck a four-year deal to bring past seasons of shows to the streaming service. Previous seasons of 'The Vampire Diaries,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'One Tree Hill' and 'Nikita' will be on Netflix starting Oct. 15.

'Supernatural' and '90210' will be added in January 2012 and current seasons, including the first seasons of 'Ringer,' 'Hart of Dixie' and 'The Secret Circle,' will be available next fall.

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Maura Tierney Heads to 'The Office,' Dan Byrd Moves to 'Surbugatory' & More TV Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 26th 2011 6:15PM
Maura TierneyMaura Tierney is getting back in the comedy game. After playing some very drama-heavy roles on 'ER,' 'Rescue Me' and 'The Whole Truth,' the 'NewsRadio' veteran will guest star on an episode of 'The Office.'

According to Zap2It, Tierney will play Robert California's wife.

"I'm a big fan of hers," 'Office' showrunner Paul Lieberstein told Zap2It. "I'm very excited."

So far she's only contracted for one episode, but maybe if we wish really hard she'll become a recurring character!

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Chad Michael Murray Returning to 'One Tree Hill'

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 29th 2011 3:15PM
Chad Michael MurrayAt last, the balance in Tree Hill is restored. As The CW's 'One Tree Hill' enters its ninth and final season, the network announced today that one of its original stars will return.

Chad Michael Murray, who played lead Lucas Scott from seasons 1 to 6 of the long-running drama (which originated on The WB in 2003), is heading back to his North Carolina roots for an unspecified number of episodes during 'OTH''s final season.

According to The CW, Murray's Lucas will return to Tree Hill when Haley reaches out to him for help.

No word on whether Hilarie Burton, who played Murray's on-screen wife and baby mama Peyton, will also reprise her role, but TVLine is reporting that it's a no-go. Apparently, after production tried (and failed) to bring her back last season (which was expected to be the show's last), she wasn't invited back this time.

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'One Tree Hill' Welcomes a Hit Man: This is Amazing

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 19th 2011 5:30PM
'One Tree Hill'Although 'One Tree Hill' started off as a typical high school drama about two half-brothers who didn't get along (but were both good at basketball, awwww), it soon turned into one of my favorite soapy guilty pleasures.

I actually liked even better after the five-year flash forward, when everyone had a super awesome job and Nathan played slam ball, which is normal basketball but with trampolines and is actually a real thing. Also Nanny Carrie kidnapped Jamie and Deb killed her after a chase through a cornfield. And Dave Navarro showed up for a condom water balloon fight!

Anyway, this is all to say that I couldn't be more excited about today's news that 'OTH' has cast Andrew Elvis Miller to play an Eastern European assassin, according to Entertainment Weekly. Just to remind you, this is small-town North Carolina we're talking about, a little town that has inexplicably produced a famous novelist, a record label exec, a fashion designer, a professional basketball player and a popular recording artist who all happened to grow up together and graduate from high school in the same year. Sucks for the underachievers they graduated with.

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TCA Report: CW Exec on the Future of 'One Tree Hill,' 'Supernatural' & Superhero Shows

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 4th 2011 2:30PM
SupernaturalNew CW president Mark Pedowitz came to the network's executive session at the Television Critics Association press tour on Thursday morning in good spirits. Bringing three new scripted shows and the promise of three new reality offerings, The CW seems optimistic that this season will be their strongest yet.

Pedowitz was on hand to assuage the fears of 'Supernatural' fans, revealing that, despite internet rumblings and rumors, the network has "no plans" for Season 7 to be the last year of the spooky drama series, revealing that he and the rest of the network's brass hope the series "keeps on going" and that they'll be examining the show's future on a season-by-season basis, depending on how the ratings hold up.

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A 'Nanny' Reunion on 'Happily Divorced,' 'Dancing' Vet Goes to 'One Tree Hill' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 27th 2011 11:00AM
Charles Shaughnessy, Renee TaylorMr. Sheffield himself, Charles Shaughnessy, is heading to Fran Drescher's 'Happily Divorced.'

Shaughnessy will play Gregory, a man both Fran and her ex-husband Peter want to date. Look for him to pop up in the Season 1 finale on Wed., Aug. 17 at 10:30PM.

Also making a guest appearance this season is Renee Taylor. The actress, who played Fran Fine's mom on 'The Nanny,' will play an old friend of Dori (Rita Moreno). Taylor will appear in the Aug. 3 episode of the series.

TV Land recently renewed 'Happily Divorced' for a second season.

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TV Shows We Can't Quit, No Matter How Bad They Get

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 12th 2011 12:00PM
'Entourage'Have you ever continued to watch a TV show long after you knew you should've just given up on it? Don't lie. We know we're not alone.

After some particularly lackluster season finales, and a few recent underwhelming season premieres, we thought we'd share our TV grievances with you. (And, yes, they include 'Entourage,' whose final season cannot come and go soon enough for us.)

Here, the list of shows we just can't seem to quit, no matter how bad they get.

Of course, this list contains our own personal opinions about said allegedly bad shows. You might love some (or, god forbid, all) of them, but that's the fun of it. Feel free to defend the honor of any of our borderline shows, and chime in with your own why-can't-I-look-away nominations in the comments.

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A Recent History of Time-Jumping on TV

by Maggie Furlong & Jean Bentley, posted Jun 28th 2011 12:45PM
Weeds, True Blood, Time JumpingLast night's 'Weeds' saw our protagonists flash forward three years in the future, with pot-dealing housewife Nancy Botwin moving from prison to a halfway house in New York City. And on Sunday's 'True Blood' premiere, the residents of Bon Temps skipped ahead an entire year -- a major jump for the series, considering the first three seasons took place during the same month.

All that time-jumping got us thinking about other shows that have pulled the "skip forward" move to avoid awkward plot points. You know, like that time 'One Tree Hill' escaped those clunky college years, or when Melinda had a baby on 'Ghost Whisperer' that was suddenly five years old.

After the page jump, join us in a discussion of time jumps and whether or not they actually worked. (And before you comment-yell at us, this list does not include shows that routinely employ time travel, like 'Doctor Who' or 'Quantum Leap.')

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Here's the Most Ridiculous Scene From the 'One Tree Hill' Season 8 Finale

by Jean Bentley, posted May 18th 2011 9:00AM
One Tree HillThere were a lot of touching moments during last night's 'One Tree Hill' season 8 finale -- appropriate, seeing as the episode would've served as the series finale had The CW not picked up the show for a shortened, 13-episode ninth season yesterday.

While there were plenty of heartwarming scenes to choose from (a couple reunited, another had an emergency C-section to deliver their twin boys, another bought a recliner), the moment that struck me as the most memorable was a touching father-daughter bonding session between Nathan and his newborn daughter, Lydia, who was strapped to a carrier on his chest.

In a move that could only be considered normal in Tree Hill, Nathan decided to serenade his wife by lip-syncing the song 'Mahna Mahna' with Lydia. (Yes, that means he held the microphone up to the baby's mouth. No, she wasn't having any of it.)

Never change, 'One Tree Hill.' Never change.

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The CW Renews 'One Tree Hill,' 'Nikita,' Cancels 'Hellcats'

by Jean Bentley, posted May 17th 2011 4:45PM
One Tree HillThe residents of Tree Hill will have one more season to wrap up their stories.

The CW has picked up veteran soap 'One Tree Hill' for a 13-episode ninth (and presumably final) season. The network has also given freshman drama 'Nikita' the green light for a second season. Unfortunately, that means The CW's other bubble show, 'Hellcats,' is no more.

With the exception of James Lafferty, the entire 'OTH' cast has signed on for next year, though a source told Zap2It that the actor will likely return for at least a few episodes in a guest-starring capacity.

'Nikita,' which saw a creative upswing toward the end of season 1, will get another year to tell the story of Nikita's quest to bring down Division.

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The CW Renews 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Gossip Girl,' '90210,' 'Supernatural' & 'Top Model'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Apr 26th 2011 7:25PM
Good news for CW fans: The network has announced early renewals for five of their series for the 2011-12 TV season.

'The Vampire Diaries,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'Supernatural,' '90210' and 'America's Next Top Model' will all premiere new seasons in the fall.

Still no word on renewals for struggling freshman series 'Hellcats' and 'Nikita,' or veteran series 'One Tree Hill,' although most of the 'OTH' cast has signed on for another season.

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E! Greenlights 'Ice Loves Coco,' 'One Tree Hill' Stars Extend Contracts and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 26th 2011 6:00PM
Coco, Ice-TThe uniquely fascinating romance between rapper-turned-actor Ice T and his model wife Coco will now grace TV screens.

E! announced today that it has ordered eight episodes of 'Ice Loves Coco,' a reality series chronicling the marriage of the 'Law & Order: SVU' actor and his wife, who is attempting some sort of "solo career," according to the press release. The pair has been married for ten years.

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If The CW Picks up 'One Tree Hill' for a ninth season, all of the core stars will be back. Bethany Joy Galeotti, Sophia Bush, Austin Nichols, Robert Buckley, Jana Kramer and Lisa Goldstein have all signed on for another season. James Lafferty hasn't signed yet, but will most likely return on a part-time basis. [TV Line]

HGTV renewed several of its most popular shows, including 'House Hunters,' 'House Hunters International' and 'Property Virgins.' Also returning for more are 'My First Place,' 'For Rent,' 'Real Estate Intervention' and 'Holmes Inspection.' [Variety]

'Repo Games' doesn't premiere until tonight, but there's drama already. A man allegedly shot at the show's production team in Las Vegas yesterday. Naturally, cameras captured the incident. [THR]

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OWN Renews 4 Shows & Picks Up 6, Jeanne Tripplehorn Gets Lifetime Movie and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 14th 2011 11:50AM
OWNOWN is continuing to move and shake in the world of network TV, ordering six new shows and renewing four.

According to Deadline, the Oprah Winfrey–fronted network has ordered six new episodes each of 'Ask Oprah's All Stars,' 'Enough Already! With Peter Walsh' and 'In the Bedroom With Dr. Laura Berman.' Viewers can also look forward to eight new episodes of 'Oprah Presents: Master Class.'

Joining OWN's lineup is 'Confronting ...,' 'I Owe You My Life,' 'Louie Spence Dance Project,' 'My Mom and Me,' 'Sweetie Pies' and 'Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal.'

The new unscripted shows run the gambit from dramatic to cute.

'Confronting ...' follows the mediation process between a victim and offender, and 'I Owe You My Life' tells the stories of everyday heroes. Look for campy dance antics on 'Louie Spence Dance Project' and an examination of mother-daughter relationships in 'My Mom and Me.' Former Ike Turner backup singer Robbie Montgomery and her soul food restaurant are the subject of 'Sweetie Pies,' a reality dramedy. Over on the other side of the spectrum is 'Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal,' which will tell the story of couples who have survived infidelities.

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Science Channel has given 'An Idiot Abroad' a season 2. Look for Karl Pilkington to tackle a bucket list during his world travels in season 2. [TV Guide]

'Big Love' star Jeanne Tripplehorn and Patricia Clarkson have joined Lifetime's 'Project Five.' The anthology series about breast cancer has celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston and Demi Moore on board to direct. Tripplehorn will play an oncologist and appear in all five short films. [Deadline]

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