One Tree Hill Creator Previews New Season: Love Triangles, Realism Ahead

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The new season of One Tree Hill will focus on the names and faces long-time viewers have focused on since the beginning.

So promises creator Mark Schwan, who spoke to TV Guide this week about the series - whose eighth season kicks off tonight! - and previewed events and development ahead. Warning: spoilers to come...

Good news for Brooke and Julian fans: "Last year we threw a wrench into that [relationship], but they overcame that and I want to respect the fact that they did. So whatever obstacles befall Brooke in Season 8... [she'll] face those with Julian by her side."

Julian and Brooke Photo

A love triangle for Alex: "She took an interest in Chase at the end of the year... "The Chase-Alex-Mia situation is front and center at the beginning of the season," Schwan says.

Realism on One Tree Hill?!? Believe it. "We have a very 20-something audience, and when you look at [their] world, it's a bit of a struggle economically." For example, regarding the addition of Sharon Lawrence as Julian's mom: "A girl who has a potential in-law she has to meet and hopefully get along with right away? That made a lot of sense to me. It's something that's relatable and that's where we'd like it to live as opposed to her coming to town and kidnapping someone."

Schwan also won't rule out a return from Lucas and Peyton. Remember: TV Fanatic will cover every episode of this show in depth, complete with the latest One Tree Hill quotes, music and more!

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Bring back lucas & peyton. i miss them =(

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I deff think that Peyton & Lucas should come back, the show is NOTHING without them. PLEASE bring them back, i`ve talked to my friends& they said they don`t even wanna watch the show anymore since they`re gone.

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p.s. One Tree Hill was rated higher then Gossip Girl and 90210! Now they jsut need to get rid of Clay and Quinn. They are my least favorite characters and they are boring!

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I'm really excited for season 8! I really wish Lucas and Peyton would return. That would make the show 10 times better! It would be amazing even if they came back for one episode! I love One Tree Hill and will watch it until the very last episode. I have been watching it since the very first one and will continue to watch it religously! :) Haley and Nathan have Jamie (the cutest kid EVER!)and i think it's great that she is having another kid, but I think it's time for Brooke and Julian to have a baby too! She has been trying for a very long time and i think it's her turn..... Karen and Lilly should appear on an episode this season too! One Tree Hill is amazing!!! ;0

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I am not very excited for the new season......... last year i was... this not so much,i love oth,it'a great show but i think it's time for Peyton and Luke to come back to the show and do something different ,like maybe Peyton will be there for her BFF on her wedding?? I mean Helloo .. Brooke and Peyton were always together and shared almost everything they fought a lot before but they've grown.. love their friendship,and Lucas.. i mean after everything that has happened to Haley the past last episodes...... he used to be her BFF .. at least he could've called i mean they shoud've showed him calling Haley..... this is what i don't like about it

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One Tree Hill Quotes

Most of our lives are a series of images, they pass us by like towns on a highway. But sometimes a moment stuns us as it happens and we know that this instant is more than a fleeting image. We know that this moment, every part of it, will live on forever.

Lucas

Lucas: Peyton! It's you.
Peyton: What?
Lucas: When all my dreams come true, the one I want next to me. It's you. It's you Peyton.