Deadline: The CW Teams With J.J. Abrams & ‘OTH’ Creator Mark Schwahn For Hotel Drama –




J.J. Abrams is headed to the CW. In his first stint at the 5-year-old network, the top writer-producer-director has teamed up with Mark Schwahn, creator/executive producer/showrunner of the CW’s long-running drama One Tree Hill. The power pair has sold a hotel drama to the CW, which will instantly become one of the the network’s highest-profile projects this development season. Schwahn will write the show, tentatively titled Maine, which is set at an inn in Maine and revolves around the staff and the inn’s guests. Abrams and Schwahn will executive produce with Bryan Burk for Warner Bros. TV, Abrams’ studio-based Bad Robot and Schwahn’s Mastermind Laboratories. In scope, the character-based drama, which has received a script commitment, harks back to Schwahn’s OTH, which will end its nine-year run early next year, and Abrams’ Felicity. This also marks a homecoming of sorts for Abrams who started his TV career on the CW predecessor the WB with Felicity. For Schwahn, the project stems from a script deal with WBTV.

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TVLine: The Brains Behind Lost, House, Fringe and Other Top Shows Dish in Documentary

Mark Schwahn has a little clip in the video below.

Want a peek into the lives of television’s best showrunners? Better yet, are you ready to find out once and for all what exactly a showrunner is? Well, a new documentary has been made just for you and aptly titled Showrunners.

This buzzy new flick, set to bow in 2012, features in-depth interviews with countless executive producers and writers from some of television’s biggest shows, including Lost‘s Damon Lindelof, House‘s David Shore, and Sons of Anarchy‘s Kurt Sutter — to name a few.

Each showrunner (as they’re so affectionately called in the biz) shares an inside look at what it entails to successfully shepherd a series in today’s TV landscape, one that thrives on social media outreach and forever faces a possible one-and-done shot at adequate ratings.

Additional EPs taking part in the project include Fringe‘s Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman, One Tree Hill‘s Mark Schwahn, Battlestar Galactica‘s David Eick, Spartacus‘ Steven S. DeKnight and The Good Wife‘s Michelle King.

Take a peek at the rarely-seen glamorous life of a TV boss in the trailer below, and fill us in on your thoughts in the comments:

Showrunners Trailer from Showrunners Documentary on Vimeo.

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Zap2it: ‘One Tree Hill’ Season 9: ‘We would absolutely do it again’ says EP Mark Schwahn

“One Tree Hill” boss Mark Schwahn early in the season, he told us that he was approaching Season 8 as the show’s final bow. “Do I think that this is our final season? Right now, my instinct says yes,” he said. “But anything can happen.”

Well, OTHers, we’ve got some potentially great news for you. We just got off the phone with Schwahn, and he’s singing a whole new tune. “I think we all really enjoyed this season, and when I say ‘we’ I mean the cast, and the producers, and everybody,” he tells Zap2it. “I think that there’s real interest in Season 9 from the studio and network.”

There’s interest from viewers, too. Zap2it asked whether you’d like to keep or kill certain “on-the-bubble” CW shows, and a majority of you have voted to keep “One Tree Hill” on the schedule.

“I don’t know if it’ll happen,” Schwahn says, noting that The CW will have to make up their minds after they’ve seen the pilots they’ve ordered. “There are a million reasons why they pick up a show or don’t pick it up, but I think in terms of ratings and in terms of our creative scope this year, I think the show was great. We would absolutely do it again if they want us. I should just say ‘I’ would absolutely do it again, if they want to.”

Another factor, of course, is cast participation. The actors — most notably series veterans Sophia Bush, Bethany Joy Galeotti, and James Lafferty — are not under contract going into Season 9, so there are negotiations that would have to happen. (And, as long time fans know, those negotiations didn’t go so well with former co-stars Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton.)

“That stuff is always kind of tricky,” Schwahn says. “The good news is, I don’t think there’s anyone who would absolutely not come back. There’s no one in the cast who would say ‘I have no interest in coming back.'”

Schwahn, who wrote all five of the as-yet unaired Season 8 episodes, says that the cast, crew, and producers felt reinvigorated by the stories in the episodes to come and that everyone feels that there are stories left to be told. “In the final 5 episodes, I think the cast and the crew were invigorated by the work we were doing,” he tells us. “By the end of the season, people felt – and I think rightfully so – that we’re still making really good shows and we’re still having fun doing it.”

If Season 9 does happen, there will inevitably be backlash from those who think that the show has gone on long enough. It’s not something Schwahn is unfamiliar with, but it is something he doesn’t quite understand. “I’m always surprised by people who think that we’re beating a dead horse or that it’s somehow wrong to continue to make episodes of ‘One Tree Hill,'” he says. “I heard a little pushback last year about how we were being greedy by continuing to make the show, and I don’t get that. I love the show. These are characters that I created and am proud of, and we’re still telling stories that we enjoy.”

We’ve got more news coming for you from Mark Schwahn, but in the meantime, we’ll leave you with some teasers. In the final five episodes, we’ll see a trip to Puerto Rico, a very bad spray-tan, a whole new side of Julian, the potential return of Clothes Over Bros, and musical performances from several cast members, including both Bethany Joy Galeotti and James Lafferty – though in rather different contexts.

via ‘One Tree Hill’ Season 9: ‘We would absolutely do it again’ says EP Mark Schwahn – From Inside the Box – Zap2it.