CW Slots 'One Tree Hill'
TVWeek's James Hibberd: Rated
The CW announced the premiere date for the return of "One Tree Hill" and gave some hints about the fifth season storyline.
The story will pick up four years after the events in last season's finale. The show will have a two-hour premiere Jan. 8, then take its regular time period of Tuesdays at 9 p.m.
Of course, that's the "Reaper" slot, so here's the deal there: "Reaper" is a repeat tonight. The show will air two more originals this year. "One Tree" will go into its time period. The CW plans to air the remaining episodes, possibly giving them a shot in a different time period.
Tempting to write a grim "Reaper" prospects headline here, given the show's ratings performance, but the network and the entertainment press have a lot of affection for that show and CW hopes to make it work.