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FIRST ON 3: Stars: 'One Tree Hill' coming back for season 9

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- "One Tree Hill" is coming back for at least part of a ninth season. Stars Sophia Bush and Austin Nichols Tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the CW has ordered 13 new episodes for next season.

"Congrats #OTH fans!," Bush Tweeted. "Keeping your fingers crossed worked! Season9 is officially picked up for 13 episodes! Tune in TONIGHT for the S8 finale!"

"We just got picked up for 13 episodes. OTH cannot be killed thanks to the fans," Nichols wrote on the social media site. "Season finale tonight."

The CW's teen drama turned 20-something family drama airs it's season finale tonight, and it was still unclear if the network will pick the show up for a ninth season. The CW is set to announce its fall line-up Thursday.

Twitter has been a buzz with fans and insiders pushing for at least one last partial season to wrap up the story of a group of friends from the fictional town of Tree Hill, NC. The show's official Twitter account has encouraged fans to "Let the network know you don't want it to be the series finale!" and "The cast is in 4 season 9! Are U? Let the CW know U want season 9!"

The show shares a long legacy of TV in Hollywood East that started with "Dawson's Creek" from 1998 to 2003.

Not only have the shows meant business for film crews and suppliers in the area. They've also developed a cottage industry of fan tourism, as faithful viewers have traveled from around the world to see their favorite locations from both shows, including the Clothes Over Bros/Karen's Cafe set in downtown Wilmington.

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