Inside sources confirm: One Tree Hill boss Mark Schwahn is in talks to write the pilot for the CW's new Melrose Place.
According to one well-placed CW insider, Schwahn is "the biggest name" and "top candidate" available for the remake of the '90s spinoff to Beverly Hills, 90210.
"The deal is not done yet," another reliable network source tells me. "But it looks like it's going to happen. I would be surprised if it didn't go through."
So what does this mean for the future of One Tree Hill?
All good things!
According to insiders, CW president Dawn Ostroff and her team have been so pleased with the creative direction of One Tree Hill, they do want to pick up the series for at least another season. (Say it with me, fans: Holler!) The CW suits also are making sure Schwahn will stay on as OTH executive producer even if he also works on the new Melrose.
What's that they say about the cake and the eating of it?
Schwahn has asked that the network make a decision on season seven of Tree Hill before Jan. 1 (in order to plot out the final episodes of the current season), so news of a seventh-season pickup could come very soon.
According to insiders, the actors' current contracts only go through season six, so new deals will need to be in place.
Given his Tree Hill track record, Schwahn certainly seems a good man for the job. And as long as he doesn't spread himself too thin, this is all fantastic news for fans. Agree? Disagree? Share your thoughts below...
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