May 17, 2011

The CW has renewed what is now its longest running drama on the air, One Tree Hill, for a ninth - and likely final - season.

The order is for a shortened 13-episode run, but it should be noted that its current season was also originally renewed for 13 episodes only to be given a full season order early in the season.

No official timetable has been announced yet for the show's return, but it is expected to  premiere at some point in the middle of next season.

One Tree Hill's eighth-season finale airs tonight.

(Source: TV Line)