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The One Tree Hill cast members just had a couple of reunions on Thanksgiving. First, several stars appeared together on Lifetime's The Christmas Contract. That was followed by a One Tree Hill reunion special with the actors discussing a possible revival of The CW series. Instead of bringing back the show for more episodes, Hilarie Burton (Peyton Sawyer-Scott) shared this alternate idea:
It would be a Christmas movie set in Tree Hill. It would be great to have an excuse to go back to Wilmington and all be together again.
Paul Johansson (Dan Scott) hosted the reunion and said the fans would love that. Danneel Ackles (Rachel Gattina) said they could even just set it in Wilmington, N.C., where the show was filmed, because that city is so beautiful.
In addition to those three stars, the 'Tis the Season: A One Tree Hill Cast Reunion also featured Antwon Tanner (Antwon "Skills" Taylor), Tyler Hilton (Chris Keller), Bevin Prince (Bevin Mirskey), Stephen Colletti (Chase Adams), and Robert Buckley (Clay Evans).
One Tree Hill originally aired from 2003 to 2012 on The CW. Several stars sounded game to return for any kind of revival -- of the show itself, or just a special Christmas movie following the characters today.
The stars speculated about where their characters would be now -- including Hilarie Burton figuring Peyton might be in rehab, and Bevin Prince generously countering that Peyton might now be a life coach. If Burton does get the cast together for a Christmas movie revival, maybe we can see where Peyton is instead of just guessing.
A few months ago, when several stars were filming The Christmas Contract, they took some photos together and got fans excited for what was thought to be a One Tree Hill reunion. The photos were taken on set when no one was looking, and posted to Twitter -- then were swiftly taken down. Taking down the pics just fed the speculation that a reunion might be happening, because The Christmas Contract hadn't been announced at that point. Danneel Ackles said they may have gotten in a bit of trouble for that, but it all worked out.
In addition to the reunion special, Hilarie Burton talked to The Hollywood Reporter about working with fellow One Tree Hill stars Robert Buckley, Danneel Ackles, Antwon Tanner, Tyler Hilton, and Elisabeth Harnois for The Christmas Contract. She also revealed which other One Tree Hill costars she'd like to collaborate with on a future project:
I think it's really important that Sophia [Bush], [Bethany] Joy [Lenz] and I do something together in the future. The true love story of One Tree Hill is that friendship-love story and in holiday programming, so much of the emphasis is put on the relationship between a woman and a man and I think that friendship love is something that I would like to profile in the future. So I want to work with my girls.