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Future of "One Tree Hill" has impact on area businesses

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Wilmington-filmed "One Tree Hill" is in its seventh season, but the show is in limbo for an eighth year.

Wilmington is nicknamed "Hollywood East." The problem is "One Tree Hill" is one of the only things currently filmed here, so if there's not an eighth season, many businesses who rely on TV and movie productions will likely suffer. So will other businesses.

The Dixie Grill on Market Street downtown has been used as a setting for several episodes, leading fans to stop by for a meal. The same goes for the Port City Java across from OTH's "Clothes over Bros" set on Front Street.

Both business say losing the show would likely hurt their bottom line.

Today the CW announced early pick-up commitments for five of its shows for next season. "One Tree Hill" was not on that list. No word on when the network will decide the young adult drama's fate.

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Love OTH and Wilmington

I love One Tree Hill and Wilmington. Bring the show back for Season 8!

Why WE believe OTH should be renewed

To Whom This May Concern,

I saw today where Dawn mentioned that Life Unexpected is likely to get a second season. However, when looking at the poll that asked fans to choose between OTH and LUX, you will see that with over 1000 votes compared to LUX’s 200 that fans CLEARLY want another season of OTH over LUX if it comes down to the two. BUT take a minute and read the comments. Many people said they watched BOTH shows, but choose OTH over LUX. These results mirror the petitions that were started last week. As of now, the One Tree Hill petition is drawing over 13,000 signatures, where LUX’s is drawing in around 400. That being said I do think LUX is a good show. However I can speak for many OTH fans in saying that partly the only reason I watch LUX is it’s on right after OTH. They attract similar audiences. So in my opinion it would be a poor decision to renew one and not the other. By canceling one of them you can almost guarantee drops in ratings for both. LUX is still a new show, renew is for a second season and OTH for an 8th (and final) season. Keep them on the same night and have a somewhat consistent schedule. This whole mid season starting and 8 week hiatus is ridiculous and poor planning.

Moving on, I have read that LUX draws in a totally new audience on Wednesday nights. I mean really, if you showed ANY show two nights a week of course it would draw in (new/repeat) viewers both nights. For example I like Biggest Loser and American Idol but I can’t watch both at the same time. So please when making your decision know that the fans are screaming to keep One Tree Hill. In my opinion the CW needs more shows like One Tree Hill and Life Unexpected and less shows like Gossip Girl, 90210, MP, and ANTM. With a target audience being young adults who are at a very vulnerable stage, how is watching shows like that good for them? All they see is a false sense of reality; “beauty and money.” The CW needs to go back to the WB days where the network flourished off of Gilmore Girls, 7th Heaven, One Tree Hill, and Dawson’s Creek. Without doing this I feel this network’s years are numbered.

My last point comes from a marketing standpoint. The amount of attention Gossip Girl gets in comparison to all of the other CW shows is ridiculous. With the way you all promote this show, its ratings should be through the roof. However, looking back at the ratings you will see that they have been LOWER than One Tree Hill’s ALL season. I also, find it funny that One Tree Hill coincidentally was placed against the Olympics and Gossip Girl was conveniently placed after.

In conclusion, I thank you for taking the time to read this and hope to see One Tree Hill back for an 8th season next fall.

Save OTH!

everyone please keep signing the petition and messaging the CW!

We'll be ok

Since 1739 Wilmington has survived pirates, yankee occupation (then AND now), a Depression and the cancellation of Dawson's Creek.......I think we'll be ok.

One Tree Hill

The town in Wilmington will be greatly affected if One Tree Hill is canceled and it would be a shame to see those stores go out of business. They made great scenes for the show and helped with an ample amount of business. Not only will discontinuing the show sadden the viewers like myself, but it will hurt the welfare of the small town as well. So I say another season should be entitled.


I don't think the effect would be as great as you think..."small town" you live here? I know it's not Raleigh...but we aren't some rinky dink small town...

One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill has been my favorite show since September 23, 2003 (first aired date) and I have grown up with the tree hill cast. I would hate to see it go, but I know all good things come to an end, but hopefully not this season. One more season is acceptable it won't be the same if it just ended after this season. I love the show and the characters and how they have grown. I've learned many lessons and would love to see it back again for another season.

One Tree Hill Renewal

This article makes it clear to me that even a tv show leaving its base of operations would have a negative impact on a community. Although I do not live in Wilmington NC, I for one, would think that Wilmington would be missing something if a show like One Tree Hill was not part of its culture.

sadly, it's not Wilmington

sadly, it's not Wilmington that gets to decide...


Please post a link to this petition for a Season 8 One Tree Hill!