The upcoming ninth season of "One Tree Hill" will be its last, confirmed outgoing CW president Dawn Ostroff at the network's upfront presentation to advertisers on Thursday.
The show, which films in Wilmington, North Carolina, is set to return in January with 13 episodes.
While drawing just 1.7 million viewers on average this season, its lowest-rated yet, the series has a rabid fanbase.
What can they expect as it heads toward extinction?
“In season nine," the CW explained in a press release, "how will Brooke and Julian juggle parenthood and their very young careers? With Nathan traveling more as an agent, how will Haley’s life change with a second child, an increasingly independent Jamie, and a busy café to run? Is a wedding in store for Quinn and Clay? Or Mouth and Millicent? And what’s to become of Alex and Chase and their burgeoning romance? Following a fictional four year jump in time, 'One Tree Hill' has now spent four seasons exploring the experiences of twenty-somethings. Season nine will continue to grow and break new ground, as the show approaches the rarified air of 200 episodes.”
"One Tree Hill" has actually aired 174 episodes — still an amazing feat by any standard.