btw, James has been in every episode. joy missed at least one episode in season 2, maybe 2 episodes, not sure about how many episodes she missed and sophia was in all except the pilot.
if memory serves me right, chad put his house on the market ASAP. we havent heard anything about the other actors. could be a good sign that there will be a s9 or it could mean nothing, i dunno lol. i hate the waiting.
mark said that he didnt film any alternative ending for the show. if the show does go on for a season 9, they probably will edit the ending but everything is basically filmed. i know some people have said not to trust what mark says cuz he says things that the fans want to hear but he seemed very honest with his answers. like shantel, he also was surprised by the network support for a season 9. he said that the season will end in a way he thinks will be satisfying for fans but at the same time if things were to continue, there would still be something there for a season 9. he was honest in saying that he really thought they were done this season n thanked the fans cuz he talked about all the time slot changes and competition like idol and glee and yet the show is still pulling through.
i also think with the way smallville did so well with it being announced as a final season that the cw may want to do that with oth to cash in. also thw cw may not want to fill 3 new time slots considering showslike gg, 90210 and hellcats are on the downward slide. the cw figures they know that oth will be a sure thing. the cw came out with only 2 new shows this season and they werent major hits like TVD. I think the cw may trim some of that fat next season depending on how those shows do and they know that OTH has been a proven performer. from the CW POV, i can totally see why they want to continue for at least one more season.