Hurricane Irene Threat Prompts One Tree Hill, Other Shows to Shut Down Production

While One Tree Hill has encountered a faux-hurricane in its lengthy run, a real-life mega-storm is something they’d rather steer clear of. Hence, the CW series has halted production on its final season in anticipation of Hurricane Irene’s expected East Coast arrival this weekend.

“As a precautionary measure and in consideration of our cast and crew, One Tree Hill production has shut down for today and [Saturday] due to Hurricane Irene,” a rep for the show tells The Hollywood Reporter. “We will continue to monitor the situation over the next few days.”

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Tree Hill‘s Sophia Bush addressed the development Thursday, tweeting, “All our fans in town, please stay inside! We will not be filming. Stay safe.” Bush’s real-life beau and OTH co-star Austin Nichols echoed the sentiment via Twitter with a joke: “Can’t wait to dance with this large woman called Irene.”

While the production stoppage is merely a precaution, it’s likely one that may end up being a necessity: Hurricane Irene is expected to touch-down in North Carolina’s Barrier Islands on Saturday — not too far from where the primetime soap shoots in Wilmington.

Production on New York-based reality series’ Hoarders and Clean House has also been halted until Monday due to Irene.

One Tree Hill’s ninth and final season debuts on The CW at midseason.

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  1. Sam says:

    Seeing them all blow away would be the PERFECT ENDING THOUGH. Why not? Their personalities died years ago!

  2. troyenne says:

    Well, OTH should have shut down a while ago. By that I mean a few years ago.

  3. AN says:

    Grow up troll!

  4. Kim says:

    Wow, you people should grow up.
    One Tree Hill is still amazing to its loyal fans.

    • JeniLee says:

      I have to disagree Kim. I am a loyal fan, and i will watch till the end because it is my favorite show, but season 8 was terrible. It has lost its spark. They focus so much on Chuck, Chase, Mia instead of Naley. It is not the show it used to be. The main characters are now supporting characters.

      • PGMA says:

        Ooh…How loyal you must be JeniLee. Bethany Joy Galleoti’s character had less screentime since she was due to give birth during the production of season 8. So you want to see her actual water broke while filming Brooke’s wedding episode? How, that’s so loyal of you JenniLee for not even thinking about Bethany’s situation last season.

        And you must have missed out on the final 11 episodes of the season where all the major characters, Naley, Jamie, Clay, Quinn, Brooke, etc.

        • Sam says:

          Wow. This is the most insane yet coherent internet comment I’ve ever seen. None of the spelling errors or grammatical mistakes you see from the usual brand of rabid loons.

        • PGMA says:

          …were all on frontline storylines. (Internet got disconnected, sorry about that)

          • JeniLee says:

            Yes I know BJG was pregnant and gave birth and that is understandable….but James Lafferty was given nothing to work with. Its no wonder he didn’t want to be in season 9 full time. I’m sorry but the fact that you obviously loved season 8 is the minority opinion. Nobody I know or have talked to liked it. It was very flat with storylines for characters nobody cared about. Luckily season 9 sounds like it will have more going on.

            And why the need to bash people for their opinion? Godforbid I don’t love every episode.

      • lorna says:

        So agreed, and who cares about Millie and Mouth? BLEH. Used to be a Naley fan, don’t care anymore, not really a Haley fan. Thank God its’ finally ending. So glad Tyler Hilton and Paul J. are back, though.

  5. Ryan says:

    Best news I’ve heard all week!

  6. lipsticksocialism says:

    Thank you for continuing to keep up updated on OTH. The show may have run its course but the cast and characters are still magic.

  7. othfan says:

    i think maybe the reason season 9 is the last season is beacuse they all have to play characters in their early 20’s and they are all 29/30 and they are all getting older, with the exception of James, Shantel, Jana and the kids. and maybe it is the last season because it has run its course. I <3 ONE TREE HILL sad thats season 9 will be the last :(

  8. othfan says:

    and they are all have other things going on aswell.

    • Summer says:

      Yeah, like standing in the unemployment line when it ends.

      • Benigno says:

        Nah, a lot of the cast members have either settled down have been keeping themselves busy in indie movie roles, and mainstream TV like Bethanny Joy Wentz (formerly Galeoti) who’s starring in a high profile pilot for E! which is making its mark on TV dramas for the first time. Hopefully, everything comes through and the pilot gets ordered to series.

  9. JeniLee says:

    And PS since you are such a loyal fan you might wanna spell Joy’s name right. Its “Galeotti”

    • PGMA says:

      And you may want to double check your allegiance to a show if you even consider yourself a fan through and through despite the highs and lows.


  10. ane says:

    this show will end, lucky for them.

  11. nea says:

    okay, end soon for them to work on other projects I hope, especially James he is so hot.