The eighth season of One Tree Hill, an American television series, premiered on September 14, 2010. After successful ratings for the early episodes of the season on The CW, the network ordered a back-order of nine episodes, bringing the total episode count to twenty-two.
Season eight features the return of the original opening credits and the original opening theme song “I Don’t Want to Be” covered by various artists each week, while the original version is featured sporadically. Schwahn wrote 13 out of the 22 episodes, including the final six episodes of the season.
The series stars James Lafferty, Bethany Joy Galeotti, Sophia Bush, Austin Nichols, Robert Buckley, Shantel VanSanten, Jackson Brundage, Lee Norris, Jana Kramer, Lisa Goldstein. Antwon Tanner returns in a recurring capacity while Paul Johansson reprised his role as Dan Scott for two episodes. Stephen Colletti was upgraded to series regular status from the fourteenth episode, after appearing in a recurring role since season four. After months of speculation, Schwahn revealed that Murray and Burton would definitely not be back for the season, as a deal could not be reached.
The season opened to a 1.1 Adults 18-49 rating and 2.14 million viewers. The thirteenth episode of the season, “The Other Half of Me” which saw Brooke get married achieved season highs in all categories with a 1.2 Adults 18-49 rating, a 2.4 in Women 18-34 and 2.42 million viewers making it the most watched episode since December, 2009. The season averaged 1.8 million viewers. It was released on DVD in the UK on October 29, 2011.