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Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton Leaving One Tree Hill; Three New Cast Members to be Added

Big Changes Coming to One Tree Hill

Things are going to be looking a little different around Tree Hill come season seven. The show's cast is getting a pretty substantial makeover — and it may mean even more dramatic changes for the show than the flash forward OTH put in place a couple of years back. The news may be spoilery, so I've left it behind the jump, but if you're ready to talk about it, just


So: Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton are leaving One Tree Hill at the end of this season. The two had been in contract negotiations for a while, but ultimately, it appears they couldn't work out a deal. So newlyweds Peyton and Lucas will be leaving Tree Hill one way or another — and I guess we'll find out how in next week's season finale.

The show's planning to reload the cast, promoting Austin Nichols (who plays Julian) to a regular character and adding some new blood. The roles are:

  • Quinn, an older sister of Haley's and a free spirit who comes to town hoping to heal a broken heart.
  • Alexis, the new face of Brooke's clothing line who's "an adrenaline junkie and a bit of a diva" and has "never met a party she didn’t like."
  • Clayton, a rising star at a sports agency who crosses paths with Nathan. He's "a bit of a lothario" and "unapologetically enjoys the spoils that are available to a young, wealthy, handsome single guy."

Still, can those characters compensate for the loss of two of the show's leads? Will you keep watching One Tree Hill without Lucas and Peyton?

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Natade Natade 7 years
I love Oth!
DCBaxter DCBaxter 8 years
On the season finale, they showed Peyton and Lucas driving off, but did not indicate they were gone for good whatsoever.
king2x king2x 8 years
they should have ended the show at season 4.
sham28 sham28 8 years
Watch an episode in season 2 or 3 and it's obvious that everything about this season, and kind of the last one too, is totally watered- down. The writing is really really slow and saccharine, they cram a lot of time into the contrived "aren't I clever" punch lines from a five year old, and the plots focus around people that aren't dynamic or changing, ever. It makes me sad. I watch it because it's girly but it's functioning at a much less inteligent level than it used to.
pargie pargie 8 years
I haven't watched One Tree Hill regularly since Season 1 when Burton was still a MTV vj, but I have tuned into a few episodes since then. I like CMM because I'm a Gilmore Girls fan, so I think it's sad that he's leaving the show. I'm surprised OTH has lasted this long though. I'm curious to see the a dog eating a heart episode that sound's so ridiculousness, I don't even know how they could incorporate something like that into a show...and I used to be a Passions fan, so I know ridiculous story lines.
telane telane 8 years
I agree with whoever made the dog-eating-the-heart comment. I switched it off the second that I saw that and haven't watched it since. Ridiculous.
redchick152 redchick152 8 years
blah..this show annoys me. i am the same age as these characters and the story lines are BS. no 22-23 yrs olds are that successful, esp in small town NC or SC..whereever Tree Hill is.
shiningeyes shiningeyes 8 years
This show has really been on its last legs for a while. I like Hilarie Burton (well, I really like her hair anyway), but I liked her character more at the beginning of the series. I don't really go out of my way to watch this show anymore.
Jess8902 Jess8902 8 years
I wonder if Sophia is getting some deep down happy dance, CMM is an ass. Glad he'll be gone.
MissLuluP MissLuluP 8 years
OMG i don´t like this, i don´t know if i watch the show when Peyton and Lucas are gone. This is so sad.
LovelyLiLKatie LovelyLiLKatie 8 years
cmm is a super douche. i wonder where peyton nad cmm think they are if they cud do better stupid idiots.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I'll still watch, Nathan & Haley are my favorite characters anyway and they don't get enough screentime as it is. I think the addition of Haley's sister, Quinn, will be interesting. Hopefully, if Lucas and Peyton live in the finale, CMM and HB can come back and make occasional appearances. They would be probably be more tolerable if they are recurring.
LOVErickii LOVErickii 8 years
i think the lucas & peyton story has had it run, their storyline was getting sucky. SO happy that Julian is back, not too sure about the new blood yet, i'll leave it for judgement when after a few episodes, like illusyve i've been an OTH fan too long not to give it a shot...
illusyve illusyve 8 years
Always preferred Brooke to Peyton, and I totally agree with the above posters as to how ridiculous the plot line has become. I only follow now as I've been a fan too long not to. I hope Season 7 is a bit more realistic with more Brooke! :)
miriah15 miriah15 8 years
Not gonna watch without them.
nessa17 nessa17 8 years
It wont be the same without them. I wonder if they are both going to die or what they will do on the finhale.
ayanaphil ayanaphil 8 years
These past couple of months, the scenes with CMM & HB have been the worst, so I can't say that I'm not happy about it. You know it's bad when you DVR everything and want to fast forward through them.
shmoo15 shmoo15 8 years
I took OTH off my DVR the second the dog ate the heart. The show has gotten phenomenally horrific.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
Yv — It's true! I talked about it a bit when the flash-forward happened, but I admit I'm not a regular viewer.
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