The WB/CW drama One Tree Hill came to an end nearly a decade ago and, with three of its stars -- Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton Morgan and Bethany Joy Lenz -- coming together to do a podcast to reflect on their time on the hit series, it raises a question of whether or not a return to Tree Hill, North Carolina is possible. Bush may never return to NBC’s Chicago P.D. following her exit and, now, she's speaking on the chances of her joining an OTH revival.
Sophia Bush exited the NBC procedural four years ago, revealing that she “wanted to” and that she prioritized her personal health over the series. Meanwhile, the actress has kept close to her One Tree Hill family and fans, even attending conventions. Now that she’s doing a new podcast with her on-screen besties, Bush has opened up to Entertainment Tonight about a One Tree Hill revival:
I mean, I can't spill all of our secrets, but I'd say never say never. . . . We've been talking about it forever and the fans really are just so incredible and they keep the love for the show pumping at you full speed. We have been approached about reboots and things and it's always so hectic to try to figure out. I mean, there were, like, a million of us on our show. It's complicated.
While Sophia Bush didn’t exactly give a straight answer, it seems a One Tree Hill revival or reunion of some sorts is possible. Considering the series came to an end in 2012, now would be the perfect time. Some of the cast did have a reunion when they starred in the Lifetime Christmas movie, The Christmas Contract together. Although it was nice to see them together, it only made fans yearn for an actual reunion or revival in the future.
Most would probably agree that there's definitely a market for modern continuations of TV series. There have been plenty of revivals and reboots lately, such as the new iCarly show on Paramount+, and not to mention the upcoming Gossip Girl series on HBO Max.
If there were to be an OTH revival, it would need to have the original cast and not a new group of friends. But what would a new series look like and where would the characters be after all this time? Believe it or not, while promoting The Christmas Contract, Hilarie Burton Morgan threw out a fun idea for a One Tree Hill revival: A Christmas movie! It would give the characters an in-show reason to be reuniting, so that could work.
Since Sophia Bush is occupied with her new CBS medical drama, Good Sam, and much of the cast is also working on other projects, it’s likely that should a One Tree Hill revival does happen, it won't see the light of day for a while. One also has to consider how much work would need to be done for it to happen. But one can still dream!
In the meantime, you can still revisit One Tree Hill in full on Hulu, if you ever want to hang out with Lucas, Peyton, Nathan, Haley, Brooke, Skillz, and Mouth.