When it comes to the future of "One Tree Hill," we follow the same rules we followed when it came to deaths on "24": Until you see the body, assume it's still in play.
But for now, after yet another spring on the renewal bubble, "One Tree Hill" is returning for what all involved are currently calling a ninth and final season. The news of the "One Tree Hill" farewell was built into The CW's upfront schedule announcement, as new CW President Mark Pedowitz revealed that "One Tree Hill" will be back for its last 13 episodes at midseason.
But you should never rule out the continuation of a show that has jettisoned cast members, skipped forward in time and cheated death frequently.
Thus, stay tuned...