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Looking back. It’s hard to look back at teen dramas without remembering One Tree Hill. Between the relationships, the friendships and the shocking deaths and dramas, it has become one of the most memorable in history.
The series, created by Mark Schwahn, aired for nine seasons from 2003 to 2012. It premiered on The WB then moved over to The CW in 2006 when The WB was discontinued. The show was set in the fictional town of Tree Hill, North Carolina, where two half-brothers, Lucas Scott (Chad Michael Murray) and Nathan Scott (James Lafferty), struggle to both exist in the same town, high school and basketball team.
Throughout the show, the main love triangle existed between Lucas, Brooke (Bush) and Peyton (Burton). However, in 2020, Burton explained that in her mind, Peyton and Brooke’s friendship was always the main “love story” on the show.
“The love stories with all the boys, those were fun, those were important, but Sophia and I had to fight for our own friendship,” the author said at the time. “A lot of people wanted to pit us against each other. You know, it’s like, ‘Oh, Hilarie won’t do this, but Sophia will,’ and ‘She’s the pretty one,’ and ‘She’s the this one.’ There’s so much comparison that, as a young person, it’s hard to navigate. She and I now can look back at it and be like, ‘All those bastards. No, no, no. We’re the love story.’ The female friendships were important on that show.”
The timeline hopped around through the nine seasons. High school ended at the end of season 4 and when season 5 returned the following year, four years had passed and the characters had already graduated from college and were now around 22 years old.
In season 7, there was another timeline jump, with story skipping ahead 14 months to give a better explanation for the exits of Murray and Burton. Burton later revealed that a big reason for her exit from the show was creator Schwahn. In 2019, Burton, Bush and 16 other women involved in the show came forward and accused the producer of sexual harassment.
Scroll through the gallery below to see where the cast is today.
“I thought the story line between Peyton and Brooke was the love story of the show. The love stories with all the boys, those were fun, those were important, but Sophia and I had to fight for our own friendship,” the Rural Diaries author, 37, revealed on the Wednesday, May 6, episode of the “Chicks in the Office” podcast. “A lot of people wanted to pit us against each other. You know, it’s like, ‘Oh, Hilarie won’t do this, but Sophia will,’ and ‘She’s the pretty one,’ and ‘She’s the this one.’ There’s so much comparison that, as a young person, it’s hard to navigate.”
However, as time passed, she and the Chicago P.D. alum, 37, learned to shake that off. “She and I now can look back at it and be like, ‘All those bastards. No, no, no. We’re the love story,’” the White Collar alum said. “The female friendships were important on that show.”
Burton joined the series she was only 20 — Bush was seven days younger than her. “We literally turned 21 together, and just, like, had our first big break on this TV show and she and I hit it running,” she shared.
While promoting her new memoir, she also reflected on some of her favorite and least favorite story lines that her character, Peyton Sawyer, was given. One that stood out in the negative column was the “psycho Derek” story, in which Peyton had a stalker who attacked her multiple times.
“That story line is not one of my favorites. I remember being told as a young 24-year-old actress that, ‘The ratings and male viewership went up so much when you got punched in the face by a man,’ [and] ‘Boys like watching you get brutalized,’” the Friday Night In With the Morgans cohost recalled. “That was really upsetting to me that it was something that my bosses were celebrating. The actor that I was working with was so sensitive and so lovely and just a gentleman. So even when they brought him back to brutalize me all over again, I was just happy to see Matt [Barr].”
Burton recently opened up about her decision to speak out against creator Mark Schwahn. In the wake of the #MeToo movement in 2019, she, Bush and 16 other women who worked on the drama accused Schwahn of sexual misconduct in an open letter. She also detailed her personal claims against him in an in-depth interview. Afterward, she feared she’d never work again.
“I have this bad habit of saying what I think and that’s not always well received. So yeah, I still think it,” she told Us Weekly exclusively. “I hope that that’s not the case, but I don’t know. I don’t know how many jobs I’ve been up for that I didn’t get the call because they were like, ‘Hmm, that one. She’s trouble.’”
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Clark was not the only Democrat with their phone out at the party.
At the surprise party, members of Congress also presented Lewis with a portrait.
Lewis represents Georgia’s 5th Congressional District, which includes large segments of Atlanta. He was first elected in 1986.
Reunited and it feels so good! The cast of One Tree Hill — including Hilarie Burton, Chad Michael Murray, Jana Kramer and Stephen Colletti — came together for a Tree Hill High homecoming on Saturday, February 22.
“I got a job when I was 20 years old that gave me some of the most important relationships and experiences of my life,” Burton, 37, captioned a series of photos at the One Tree Hill Convention in Wilmington, North Carolina. “I didn’t take nearly enough pictures this weekend and didn’t get photo evidence of everyone, but I love @raenia23 at @fwbcharityevents for bringing us all together. Thick and thin, our shared history has been a cornerstone in my life. Love you guys. Xxx.”
Burton (Peyton Sawyer) was joined by 38-year-old Murray (Lucas Scott), 34-year-old Colletti (Chase Adams), James Lafferty (Nathan Scott), Michael Trucco (Cooper Lee), Antwon Tanner (Skills Taylor) and Robert Buckley (Clayton Evans).
Kramer, 36, who portrayed Alex Dupree, attended the convention with her husband, Mike Caussin, and their 4-year-old daughter, Jolie, who at one point sang on stage with her mom.
One Tree Hill aired from 2003 to 2012 on the CW and was mostly filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina, where the city regularly holds reunion conventions for the iconic teen series.
Other castmates Sophia Bush, Bryan Greenberg and Danneel Harris had their own reunion at a 2020 Golden Globes afterparty in January. The trio paid tribute to their characters in a fun video set in an elevator.
Bush, 37, and Harris, 40, who played cheerleaders Brooke Davis and Rachel Gatina respectively, waved pom-poms while Greenberg, 41, who portrayed athlete Jake Jagielski, bounced a basketball. “Favorites ♥️🏀🌳,” Bush captioned the clip via Instagram.
Harris, Bush and Joy Lenz (Haley James Scott) reunited three months earlier at Burton’s wedding to Jeffrey Dean Morgan in October 2019. Lenz, 38, told Us Weekly at the time that the cast have remained close after all these years.
“We’re family for life no matter what,” she said at the time. “There’s constant communication going on. We can always pick up where we left off.”
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Justin Greer says he’s looking at life a little differently after he helped several people escape a burning Hickory Hill apartment Sunday.
The Memphis Fire Department said crews arrived at 301 Autumn Ridge Court just before 2 a.m. They found heavy flames coming from the three-story building. Twelve units sustained fire, smoke or water damage.
Greer said seven or eight people, including several children, were trapped on the third floor and stranded on a balcony.
“My mom ran and told me, ‘There’s people, their house is on fire, they need help,'” Greer said. “You could not go to the front door. The front door was engulfed in flames.”
Adrenaline pumping, he climbed up to the balcony.
“The only thing going through my mind was God, and just, help these people. I didn’t see anything else. I didn’t see the fire, I just ran right through it,” he said.
He said he was carrying them on top of the balcony, one foot on and one hand off, passing them off to people on the ground.”
Everyone got out safely.
The fire left a gaping hole left in the complex. Greer said he was glad to help but can’t help but think, “What if?”
“That’s why I can’t sleep now. What if I wasn’t there?” he said. “It’s just hard. Hearing those kids scream like that.”
The 31-year-old says his life is now changed, and he’s not taking it for granted anymore.
“I was just doing what God told me to do. I didn’t feel like it was a duty. I just felt like it was the right thing to do.”
The humble hero had a message for others: If you see someone needing help, don’t pass them by.
“Or if you can’t help them, try to find somebody who can help them. Because that’s what my mom did, she ran back and told me, ‘Hey.’ She knew I was going to do something.”
Two people were injured in the fire. The fire department said it started with children playing with matches on a balcony.
“My fans have been on my journey for 10 years. They’ve seen me get married on the show. They’ve seen all my ups and downs in my last marriage [to Peter Thomas], and they have seen me get divorced on the show. They’ve seen me date on the show,” the Real Housewives of Atlanta star, 52, told Us Weekly exclusively. “It would be totally unfair for them not to see my happily ever after. I want to share it with them because I’m in a great place and I’m happy, and they’ve seen me not always so happy.”
Bailey and Hill, 49, are in early talks when it comes to the specifics of the big day. “The only thing that we have for sure is the date, which you might have heard. We did decide the date, and we know where it’s going to be,” she revealed. “I don’t have a venue, but at least I know what state it’s going to be in, so we’re excited about that. We’re still in the beginning stages of planning everything, but you can rest assure it will be a wedding to remember, no matter how big or small it is.”
The reality star deemed the relationship a “blessing” because the pair “found each other” despite not knowing if they would ever tie the knot again. Hill was previously married twice, while Bailey split from Thomas, 59, in 2016.
The former model also hinted that the nuptials will be nothing like her ceremony with her ex-husband. “This is just a different time for me,” she explained.
Bailey and Hill got engaged in July after more than a year of dating. “I am so excited and in shock!” she told Us at the time. “I had no idea that Mike was going to propose tonight! He and our beautiful daughters and [event planner] Courtney [Ajinça] got me real good and I’m so happy that my friends and family were here to witness everything. Wow! I can’t believe it.”
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With reporting by Travis Cronin
But she also made a powerful statement about the misogynistic culture that led to her downfall — promising to fight on “for a future where this no longer happens to women and girls.”
“Yes, I am stepping down, but I refuse to let this experience scare off other women who dare to take risks, who dare to step into this light, who dare to be powerful,” said the 32-year-old California congresswoman, more than a week after explicit images of her were published by a right-wing website without her consent. “The way to overcome this setback is for women to keep showing up, to keep running for office, to keep stepping up as leaders. Because the more we show up, the less power they have.”
Hill’s speech was remarkable because it was raw, deeply felt and human — at once acknowledging imperfections and errors, while also giving voice on the vaunted floor of the House of Representatives to a generation of younger women and men who have been subjected to threats, sexual shaming and humiliation through the use of explicit photos of them without their consent.
It underscored Hill’s political talent, her swift descent and the complex circumstances of her exit, which have sparked new debate about the patchwork of so-called “revenge porn” laws across the country and the federal legislation that has been proposed to address them.
The California congresswoman has acknowledged that she had a consensual relationship with a younger female campaign aide before she took office. She has denied a second allegation that she was romantically involved with a Congressional aide — a charge first made on Facebook by her estranged husband, then published on a conservative website — that is being investigated by the House Ethics Committee (because that kind of relationship would be a violation of House rules).
But the moral ambiguities of her situation got murkier, because the House investigation was announced after right-wing publications released the unauthorized nude photos of Hill. Hill has accused her husband, who has not responded to CNN’s repeated requests for comment, of orchestrating a smear campaign against her in the midst of divorce proceedings.
Hill said Thursday that unnamed adversaries boasted that they had “hundreds more photos and text messages that they would release bit by bit until they broke me down to nothing, while they used my faults and my past to distract from the things that matter most.”
Stepping out of her apartment Thursday for the first time since the photos were published, Hill spoke as the first openly bisexual woman to represent Congress from California and a member of the new millennial caucus. She apologized for “falling short” of the hopes of supporters who wanted her to represent “young people, queer people, working people, imperfect people.”
She admitted that she was scared, humiliated, “terrified of facing all the people I let down,” and that she would be haunted by her errors in judgment for the rest of her life.
“For every little girl that looked up to me, I hope one day you can forgive me,” Hill said.
But in the course of a week where she said she “barely left my bed” and “shed more tears than I thought were possible,” Hill decided to take a stand against the threats and the use of the unauthorized images, because “hiding away and disappearing would be the one unforgivable sin.”
In Thursday’s speech on the floor of the House of Representatives Thursday, Hill said she was leaving her position “because of a double standard.”
“I am leaving because I no longer want to be used as a bargaining chip,” she said, condemning “the dirtiest gutter politics I’ve ever seen.” “I am leaving because of a misogynistic culture that gleefully consumed my naked pictures, capitalized on my sexuality, and enabled my abusive ex to continue that abuse, this time with the entire country watching,” Hill said.
“It might feel like they won in the short term, but they can’t in the long term. We can’t let them.”
Outlining the “double standard” she sees in Washington, Hill noted that many male members of Congress implicated in sexual misconduct have stayed on in their positions. She also alluded to Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court Justice who denied sexually assaulting a young woman as a teenager during his confirmation hearings.
Hill also scorned President Donald Trump, who was accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women during the 2016 presidential campaign. Both Trump and Kavanaugh have denied any wrongdoing.
She argued that “the forces of revenge by a bitter, jealous man” and “cyber exploitation and sexual shaming that target our gender” had “combined to push a young woman out of power and say she doesn’t belong here.”
Hill then noted the irony in Trump’s ascent: “Yet a man who brags about his sexual predation, who has had dozens of women come forward to accuse him of sexual assault … sits in the highest office in the land.”
“We have an entire culture that has to change,” she said.
As that culture relates to revenge porn, Hill’s native state of California has some of the strongest laws on the books, but protections vary dramatically state by state.
California Rep. Jackie Speier and New York Republican Rep. John Katko introduced legislation earlier this year known as the SHIELD Act that would crack down on so-called revenge porn, with Speier noting that “technology today makes it possible to destroy a person’s life with the click of a button or a tap on a cell phone.”
The legislation, which has been introduced in the US Senate by two Democratic presidential candidates — California Sen. Kamala Harris and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar — along with Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, would make it unlawful “to knowingly distribute private intimate visual depictions with reckless disregard for the individual’s lack of consent to the distribution.”
The penalties could include fines and imprisonment of up to five years.
Hill’s allies expect her to be a voice for those kinds of reforms in the coming weeks and months — addressing what many see as a need for federal legislation that would provide more protections than the uneven netting of state laws on this topic.
The millennial congresswoman made it clear Thursday that she’s stepping down, but not going away.
“I yield the balance of my time for now,” Hill said, “but not forever.”
“Have I forgiven Joe Biden? I’m ready to move on, but I am also ready to hold Joe Biden accountable. Accountability means acknowledging your role in a problem and the harm it’s caused. Acknowledging that you have culpability,” Hill told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour at the CITIZEN by CNN conference in New York on Thursday.
Hill continued: “Giving me clear information that you have made a change and that you are going to do something to make us all better off around gender discrimination.”
In his bid for president and through the lens of the #MeToo movement, Biden is under renewed scrutiny for the controversial episode from his lengthy Senate career.
The Biden campaign declined to comment on Hill’s Thursday statement.
Hill also addressed the allegation of sexual and physical assault against now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and said officials “didn’t go far enough” in handling the matter.
Hill said the “structure was hostile” when professor Christine Blasey Ford appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify about her allegation of sexual assault against Kavanaugh.
“Even though the tone of the questions, in some sense, might have been different, the structure was hostile,” Hill said, drawing comparisons to when she herself appeared before the same committee in 1991.
Hill said there was a limit to the number of witnesses called on by investigators, and said there were “limits to what they would do to really find out if in fact this nominee was the best person to sit on the US Supreme Court, in a lifetime appointment.”
Hill said she was disappointed by the outcome of the Kavanaugh hearings, but said she sees it as an opportunity “for us to realize now how much work there is to be done.” She called gender-based violence an urgent “public health crisis” and a “public safety crisis.”
Hill called on the media to ask presidential candidates how they will respond to and address the #MeToo movement, and said she is not satisfied with “the way the media has treated this issue.”