It’s OFFICIAL! One Tree Hill Season 9 has been officialy picked up for 13 episodes! More news on it will be coming your way without a doubt but for now don’t forget to watch the Seaosn 8 Finale TONIGHT at the CW!

Sometimes a TV show can be so much more.

If you don’t believe it, just do a quick search of Twitter using the hashtag #OTHS9 and you’ll see that the fan base for “One Tree Hill” is taking the possibility of a ninth season seriously.

And personally.

Among the tweets:

“I pray every day for #OTHS9 because Haley is just my life inspiration! Cannot believe it could be an end…”

“Please renew for a final season #OTHS9 Because After all this years I still love the show like the first day”

“I can’t wait until next thursday to get confirmation on #OTHS9, or what I hope will be confirmation on #OTHS9. #icantwaitanylonger”

Official word about the fate of the long-running Wilmington-made series is expected during The CW network’s annual fall TV programming lineup announcement, also called the “upfronts,” on Thursday. But insider rumblings have already started pointing to a renewal for at least a partial season 9.

The network is staying tight-lipped in the meantime.

“We have no additional pickup news,” CW spokeswoman Cyndee Ellefson said on Wednesday. “Our schedule will be announced next week.”

With the season 8 finale showing at 8 p.m. Tuesday, word about the series’ future is likely to begin circulating at least a couple of days before the upfronts. Reports of creator Mark Schwahn filming several ending scenarios are popping up online.

While many in the industry are hedging their bets on a return of “One Tree Hill,” local film officials say you can never be sure what the networks will do.

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Robert Buckley says he played his dream role in the new film The Legends of Hell’s Gate, based on the true story of three outlaws expeditions during the 1870’s in Texas. Buckley plays one of the expedited soldiers, which he described to me during our recent interview as one of the greatest times he has ever had with a character. We chatted about his experience of working on the western film, as well as on another role Buckley says he has been having a fun time with, and perhaps his most famous role, that of his current one as sports agent Clay Evans on the CW’s One Tree Hill. If you watch One Tree Hill you know Clay has definitely been on a journey of ups and downs this season. Buckley, who is always as down to earth as it gets, talked about the moments that stood out to him this year in ‘Tree Hill’, what’s ahead for Clay and Quinn; and how he went from economics to Hollywood!

First I want to say Happy birthday! I read you just celebrated a birthday yesterday. I hope you had a fantastic day!

Robert- Thank you so much! Dirty thirty! (Laughs) It was a blast! It was the perfect way to celebrate. We had a big over-sized pineta and we had a big dinner! It was just so much fun! That’s a really mature, appropriate emotional response over a big over-sized pineta when you turn 30!

At 30? Yes exactly! No it’s great!

Robert- Yeah. I’m more like 25 years behind the curve.

I never had a pineta for a birthday. I should do it when I turn 30 too! Five more years!

Robert- You should. You know realistically what is 30 if not a double quinceanera? You get it when turn 15, so when you turn 30 you might as well get a double-size pineta.

Was there good candy in it?

Robert- All kinds of good candy! It really was a sight to behold. It was pretty epic. A four foot tall Hello Kitty pineta. It couldn’t have been more perfect! (Laughs)

Congrats on your new movie, The Legends of Hell’s Gate. What’s your character like in it?

Robert- Thank you so much! It’s a western, I play an expedited soldier who is now out chasing down this guy who’s a bounty hunter. We’re called expedited soldiers, myself and Keven Alejandro, Mr. James Lafferty, who you may be familiar with, (Laughs) and a few others. It was a blast. It was literally like a dream job. I got to get dirty, wear an awesome fake mustache, ride horses, shoot guns. So literally it was like getting paid for what I used to do between the ages of six and…..well who am I kidding? (Laughs)

Well I remember when I asked you last summer during our on-set interview with Shantel [Van Santen] what your dream role was, you said you wanted to play a super-hero fighting type character.

Robert- Yeah! A punch or a punch-line! Give me one or the other. (Laughs)

You mentioned working with James Lafferty, how was it working with him in a non-One Tree Hill atmosphere?

Robert- It was so much fun. The show was great, let us out for a couple days to do this. We literally worked all night, got on a plane at five in the morning, flew out to Texas and just went straight to set. Hair and makeup and they gave us like a 15 minute lesson of riding horses and then literally put us on set. And the first take I looked at him and was like “What is going on?” He was like “I don’t know”, and then it was action! (Laughs) And we started talking like cowboys. I was just like it doesn’t get cooler than this. I got my good buddy, we’re playing cowboys, we’re both out of our elements, but in a fun way. It was just so, so much fun! Especially because he and I have only worked together as Nate and Clay so to be playing Eigson and Bacas was just awesome.

Was there a scene that stood out to you the most from the movie?

Robert- Yes, there’s a big gun fight scene that James and I are in. It was pretty funny. It was just a crazy scene that we had to shoot because we had to get up before the sun rose, it was the last day that we could do the shooting so it was like you either make it or break it. If you don’t get you’re in trouble. And we had a huge scene that probably should have been shot over the course of a day or two and we got it in like I think one or two takes. It was people getting set on fire. I mean it was nuts. I would say there were a few mishaps but it was nothing that nobody couldn’t walk away from. That was a pretty memorable day. And the first scene between James and I, that was also pretty funny because if you listen closely there’s some extra dialog that I ended up looping after we shot the film and James wasn’t there to loop it so if you listen closely you can hear my character sort of talking a little bit of trash about James’ character’s sister.

Moving on to One Tree Hill, I have to ask for the fans what’s ahead for Clay and Quinn? Is there a possible engagement soon? Give me the scoop!

Robert- (Laughs) I’m pretty sure I would probably be in the unemployment line tomorrow if I gave you that kind of a scoop! But suffice to say you know Clay and Quinn things are going pretty well for them right now. And I think this has been one of the best periods of emotional romantic growth for them. Let’s be honest they’ve had a scary set of hiccups between psychos and shootings and nearly dying. So whether that means engagement, or baby, or an eloping marriage, or maybe none of the above, who’s to say? Guess you’re going to have to watch episodes 21 and 22!

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By Merite Bouarrouj

Thanks again to everyone for sending stuff in!

Today’s May 2nd which means that Rob’s celebrates his 30th birthday! Happy Birthday to you Robert and may all your wishes come true!

The show hasn’t been picked up for the fall 2011 season yet. Do you think it deserves a last-minute renewal?

Many CW viewers breathed a sigh of relief April 26 when the network announced the renewal of five hit series — but the news wasn’t quite as hopeful for One Tree Hill fans, whose favorite show remains very much on the bubble. As a longtime fan myself, I have to say I’d be pretty bummed if these next three episodes also turn out to be the last. I’m not ready to say goodbye to the group of madcap southerners who taught me so much about life. And actually made me care about basketball.

1. The cast wants to do it.

It’s not every day you get actors wanting to stick with a series into its ninth year, which I think is a true testament to what a great show One Tree Hill is, and how much the cast enjoys working together. Sophia Bush, Bethany Joy Galeotti, Austin Nichols, Robert Buckley, Stephen Colletti and Lisa Goldstein have all signed on for a potential ninth season, with James Lafferty reportedly interested in returning at least part-time.

2. The fans deserve a ‘final season.’

Much like Smallville fans have been savoring every second of the show’s admitted “final season,” One Tree Hill fans deserve the same experience. There are a ton of story lines to wrap up, and unless the writers know ahead of time that the series is ending, there will be a ton of loose ends left… well, loose.

3. The characters’ stories aren’t finished!

The denizens of Tree Hill, N.C., have been through a lot over the past eight years. We’ve watched them long for their dreams, achieve their dreams, and ultimately… lose their dreams. Do we seriously want the series to end on such a low note? Let’s see Nathan’s back heal enough for him to shoot some hoops again. Let’s see Brooke regain her clothing empire (which it looks like she’s finally starting to.) Heck, I’m even interested in seeing Mouth (Lee Norris) get back in the newsroom!

4. Lucas & Peyton might actually come back… seriously this time!

While I’m sure the current regulars hate hearing about it, the fans really want to see Lucas (Chad Murray) and Peyton (Hilarie Burton) make one last trip to Tree Hill before the series ends. And Chad recently broke his silence about the possibility, tweeting: “Return to oth? I don’t know. Maybe next season for u guys.”

5. Do you really want Glee‘s Brittany to die so young?

One of my favorite lines ever spoken on Glee — not that there are many — was when sexually-confused cheerleader Brittany (Heather Morris) said she didn’t want to die “before One Tree Hill gets canceled.” Doesn’t she deserve at least a few more precious months on this earth?

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Nearly every “One Tree Hill” cast member we spoke to during the first half of the series’ current 8th season seemed content with the idea that Season 8 would be the final season of the veteran series.

Season 8 has, in some ways, felt like a wrap-up to a very long journey that’s taken beloved characters from their junior year of high school well into their mid-twenties thanks to some well-orchestrated time jumps. (Nobody likes a high school show in college anyway, right?)

Oddly enough, it was the most recent episode — a clip show reflecting on how far the characters have come — that first suggested that the story might not end this year. After all, fans of the show want to see Brooke’s dreams come true, and while watching her heart break as she had to say goodbye to her dreams of motherhood once again, we realized her journey was not quite over.

It appears that series star Sophia Bush feels the same way. After speaking with Bush several times over the last year, we’ve gotten the impression that she feels quite connected with and protective of her character, and she’s decided not to let go quite yet.

In a move that many fans didn’t expect, Bush has officially signed on to stick with “One Tree Hill” for Season 9, should The CW choose to renew the show for the 2011-2012 season.

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