One Tree Hill to Reinvent Itself ... Again

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Where the heck do things go from here on One Tree Hill? Creator Mark Schwahn offers a preview of the new season, starting September 14, to Entertainment Weekly.

Here are some excerpts from the magazine's picking of Schwann's brain:

On whether the last season finale was written as a series finale: "I felt like it wasn’t fair to fans to write a bunch of cliffhangers in the season finale. I felt it wouldn’t be fair to the actors: Like, if you don’t take the deal, you’ll be under the bus."

On time jump 2.0: "We’re going to go 14 months. In a year, things change. We’re going to pick it up on Jamie’s 7th birthday. It allows us to put everyone together. Some new characters have been in the world for a year, and other new characters show up on that day."

Hilarie Burton and Chad Michael Murray
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Then and now: One Tree Hill is getting ready to reinvent itself ... again.

On the absence of Lucas (Murray) and Peyton (Burton) as explained on the show: "I know a lot of fans waqnt to see how we explain Peyton and Lucas’ absence. They’re gone, and there’s a gift from them for Jamie. They’re traveling, spending time with [Lucas’ mom] Karen and [her husband] Andy. They’re raising their child. They’re living their lives."

On Brooke searching for her happy ending: "I was concerned that since Julian and Brooke had such a great moment in the finale, the audience could feel like we missed all the good stuff [by jumping ahead]. The storyline in the first episode is: Is this the time when their relationship’s going to actually start in a real way?

On the new characters: "We have some ridiculously beautiful new people. Robert Buckley plays Clayton, Nathan’s sports agent. Quinn, played by Shantel VanSanten, is Haley’s older sister by a couple years. Jana Kramer is going to play Alex. She’s the new face of Clothes Over Bros."

On the obligatory off-the-wall plot line this season: "Dan Scott is still alive. And miraculously, he has never been in better health. Not only that, he has become a millionaire by telling a story of redemption. He has his own talk show."

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.

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One Tree Hill Quotes

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.

Remember tonight, for it is the beginning of always. A promise, like a reward for persisting through life so long alone. A belief in each other and the possibility of love. A decision to ignore simply rise above the pain in the past. A covenant, which at once binds two souls and yet severs prior ties. The celebration of the chance taken and the challenge that lies ahead. For two will always be stronger than one. Like a team braced against the tempests of the world. And love will always be the guiding force in our lives. For tonight is mere formality. Only an announcement to the world of feelings long held, promises made long ago in the sacred space in our hearts.

Lucas