One Tree Hill: Moving On from Loss of Stars

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No one associated with One Tree Hill is happy about the departure of stars Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton.

But CW entertainment president Dawn Ostroff is attempting to spin it as well as possible.

"A show going into its seventh year is very open to reinventing itself," Ostroff told reporters at The CW's upfront presentation. "And one thing I have to give [series creator] Mark Schwahn a lot of credit for is that he has kept the show so fresh all these years."

Hilarie Burton and Chad Michael Murray

As previously reported, One Tree Hill hopes to "replace" Lucas and Peyton by adding a trio new characters, including Haley's older sister, Quinn.

"We look at shows like ER, shows that go on for many, many years, and a lot of those casts go through different people," said Ostroff. "So we are sad to see [Chad and Hilarie] go — and grateful for everything they did for the show — but excited about seeing who else is going to join the cast."

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One Tree Hill Quotes

Peyton: Make a wish and place it in your heart. Anything you want. Everything you want.
Lucas: Do you have it? Good. Now believe it can come true. You never know where the next miracle is going to come from, the next smile. The next wish come true.
Peyton: But if you believe that it is right around the corner. And you open your heart and mind to the possibility of it. To the certainty of it.
Brooke: You just might get the thing you're wishing for.
Nathan: The world is full of magic. You just have to believe in it. So make your wish. Do you have it?
Haley: Good. Now believe in it. With all your heart.

Remember tonight, for it is the beginning of always. A promise, like a reward for persisting through life so long alone. A belief in each other and the possibility of love. A decision to ignore simply rise above the pain in the past. A covenant, which at once binds two souls and yet severs prior ties. The celebration of the chance taken and the challenge that lies ahead. For two will always be stronger than one. Like a team braced against the tempests of the world. And love will always be the guiding force in our lives. For tonight is mere formality. Only an announcement to the world of feelings long held, promises made long ago in the sacred space in our hearts.

Lucas
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