Watch One Tree Hill Season 8 Episode 8 – Mouthful of Diamonds. The show has received average ratings, with the second season being the highest rated season, averaging 4.3 million viewers weekly. Click to Watch Glee Season 2 Episode 6 – Never Been Kissed. It has also won Teen Choice Awards. On May 12, 2009, it was confirmed that Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton declined to return for the seventh season, although stories on what transpired vary. Their characters (Lucas and Peyton) had been two of the five main protagonists, as well as one of the central love stories, throughout the show. Since the two departed, ratings have steadily declined with some episodes reaching below the two million mark; this also ties in with the network’s other shows that also suffered a decline in ratings.
The CW officially renewed the show for an eighth season consisting of a minimum 12 episodes on May 18, 2010. Schwahn said this is the last season all the original cast members are contracted for. However, he is hoping the series could go on for more seasons as the network did not announce this as the last season of the show, which they did for Smallville. On October 22, 2010, the show was picked up for a full-season, which will total at 22 episodes.
The main storyline is originally the relationship between the two half-brothers Lucas Scott (Chad Michael Murray) and Nathan Scott (James Lafferty), both of whom start out as enemies but bond as friends and as brothers as the show progresses. With the help of Keith (Craig Sheffer), Coach Brian “Whitey” Durham (Barry Corbin) recruits Lucas on the team. Nathan has the same love for basketball as Lucas. As Lucas falls in love with Peyton Sawyer (Hilarie Burton), who happens to be Nathan’s girlfriend and later ex, Nathan falls in love with Lucas’s best friend, Haley James (Bethany Joy Galeotti). Lucas later dates and falls in love with Brooke Davis (Sophia Bush). Both brothers share the same father Dan Scott (Paul Johansson), who is also Keith’s brother. After having a high school relationship with Karen Roe (Moira Kelly), Dan conceived Lucas but never claimed him as his son; he did claim Nathan. After leaving Karen, he meets and quickly marries Deb Scott (Barbara Alyn Woods), with whom he conceives Nathan. Although having been married for seventeen years, they divorce and choose different paths. Deb starts having alcoholic problems on and off, until she finally recovers. She also begins a strong friendship, and later partnership, with Karen against Dan’s will. However, in the later seasons, the show focuses less on them and the three of them leave the show. Karen marries her college professor, Andy Hargrove (Kieren Hutchison), Dan realizes his sins and temporarily leaves the town, and Deb returns to Tree Hill after an absence but eventually leaves after realizing that her life, as she knows it, is over.
The first season deals with the first half of the main teenage characters’ junior years (up to the first game of the state championship). Major storylines include the rivalry between Lucas and Nathan, the blossoming of Nathan and Haley’s relationship, the setup of the Peyton-Lucas-Brooke love triangle, along with the parents’ own love quadrangle, and the basketball state championship.
The second season puts aside basketball and explores new romances. These romances consist of Lucas and Anna Taggaro (Daniella Alonso), Jake Jagielski (Bryan Greenberg) and Peyton, and Felix Taggaro (Michael Copon) and Brooke. Also featured is the unrequited love of Mouth McFadden (Lee Norris) for Brooke, the disintegration of Nathan and Haley’s marriage, largely due to character Chris Keller, Peyton’s temporary drug problem and related issues, and the repercussions of Dan’s genetic disease hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – especially on Lucas. Karen goes back to school, beginning a relationship with her teacher, Andy Hargrove, in addition to starting the Tric club. Also in this season, a troubled Deb struggles with an addiction.