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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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Here’s a brief look at how this day of tree appreciation came to be.
The Latin word for tree is arbor. True to its name, Arbor Day celebrates the preservation and planting of trees.
Nebraska was the first state in the US to observe it as a formal holiday in 1872. However, the Arbor Day Foundation says “tree planting festivals are as old as civilization.”
“The planting of trees is an action that yields a long-range benefit on generations to come,” Nixon, who created the Environmental Protection Agency, wrote in his proclamation. “Arbor Day uniquely symbolizes the truth that the earth belongs to every generation, not just ours.”
Morton and his wife sought to plant trees in Nebraska to increase the amount of shade from the hot prairie sun. Trees also served as windbreaks, fuel and building materials.
Today, trees provide wildlife habitat, erosion control and natural beauty, the Arbor Day Foundation says.
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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NEW ORLEANS – George Bevan just wanted to add a little holiday cheer to his office, but he ended up with a praying mantis infestation courtesy of his Christmas tree.
Bevan set up the tiny tree, which stood about three feet tall, on a counter in his office at the Audubon Nature Institute, where he works as an EMT.
On December 26, Bevan was in his office when he started to notice small insects crawling around.
“I was heating up some food and noticed several of these critters crawling around on our call log sheet,” Bevan said. “I asked my supervisor to come take a look at it and that’s when we realized hundreds were crawling all over the tree and the walls.”
Praying mantises are known to lay eggs in a variety of trees, some of which are commonly used for Christmas trees.
Under the right conditions, praying mantis babies will hatch and emerge from their egg sacs just in time for the holidays.
“I had no idea that this was a thing since I’ve always had an artificial tree in my house,” Bevan said.
Fortunately for the little critters, Bevan works for the Audubon Nature Institute, so he knew exactly who to call to safely remove the infestation without having to resort to insecticide.
“After calling around to figure out the best way to remove them, we were able to get some animal staff employees to come and help,” he said.
Two Audubon Zoo employees who work in the Louisiana Swamp exhibit soon arrived and painstakingly began collecting the bugs in jars.
“There were unfortunately a handful that did not make it, but most of the mantises were relocated,” Bevans said.
The baby praying mantises were sent to the Audubon Insectarium, a happy ending to one of the most unlikely stories to come out of this Christmas season.
LAFAYETTE — When it comes to Christmas, we donate food and toys to the needy, but one Christmas necessity can be harder to come by – the perfect tree.
According to the
in 2018 the average cost for a real tree was $78.00 and for an artificial one, $104.00. Several national organizations try to help relieve families of these cost, but groups like
receive 17,000 requests and are unable to fulfill them all.
Days away from Christmas, several families in Acadiana are at home tonight decorating their real Christmas tree after
donated some fresh holiday cheer. All day Saturday families visited the lot and searched for the perfect tree.
It didn’t take 4-year-old Bryce Brasket very long to find the one. He and his mother Khouri Frisch walked through rows of trees, smelling and touching each one.
“It’s a really good one, I think we’re going to come back and do it next year,” Frisch said.
After being laid off and recently re-entering the job force, having a tree isn’t something Frisch was sure would happen.
“It’s been a really hard process getting back into the job force, but we finally got a decent job, so we started back up,” Frisch explained.
Soon their new tree will light up their living room, something Frisch is looking forward to.
“We got one step down,” added Frisch, “That was the biggest thing, we didn’t have a tree. Christmas isn’t the same without a tree.”
Pollard’s is closing for the season this weekend. The trees that didn’t make it into a home will go to the
which is eroding at a rate 5 to 30 feet per year. The trees will
ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (WXYZ) — A St. Clair Shores boy is spreading joy this holiday after his act of kindness was caught on camera.
Semaj Alexander, 10, has a outgoing personality and is an avid car enthusiast.
“When I’m 21 or 19 I want a car, a Porsche GT3 RS,” he said.
The fifth-grader was walking home from school on Wednesday when he saw a neighbor’s Christmas tree tipped over on the porch.
“I stopped and I thought it would probably be nice if I stopped and fixed the tree for them,” Alexander said.
The act of pure kindness was caught on camera by a porch camera. Aimee Ryan was at work when a notification came through on her phone that someone was on the porch.
She was touched by the boy’s generosity and manners.
“It just made my heart happy,” Ryan said. “It’s such a wonderful thing to see such a genuine little boy do something out of his heart.”
Ryan’s family surprised Alexander with three tickets to the Lions vs. Packers game on Dec. 29. Alexander is taking his mother and father.
Ryan also gave him a gift card and posted the story on social media where it’s been shared hundreds of times and inspiring others to perform acts of kindness. Some post say Alexander should receive an award from the city.
His mother, Candice Krasnicki, said she saw the video and couldn’t believe it was her son.
“I’m very proud,” Krasnicki told 7 Action News. “The things that I instilled in him, he uses it.”
Alexander credits his parents for teaching him to treat others with kindness and grace.
“I just want to say be kind,” Alexander said, “If something is broken, even it it’s not yours, fix it.”
“My mom was cleaning up my place, she was here, and I woke up and my Mirrorball was under my Christmas tree,” Brown, 25, told Us Weekly exclusively at the Dancing With the Stars – Live Tour 2020 rehearsals on Monday, December 16, in Hollywood. “I don’t have any other furniture, but I do have a Christmas tree that my mom helped me put up.”
The former Miss Alabama, who won season 28 of the dancing completion show on November 25, won’t always have her Christmas tree to store her trophy under, but she has a plan for its future.
“So right now it’s randomly right there, but once I get all of, like, my living room furniture, maybe I’ll put it up somewhere, you know, like a display of it but not too much,” she told Us. “I want it to kind of, I mean I don’t know if the Mirrorball trophy can blend in any way, but I’ll try to, like, put it in so that it’s aesthetically pleasing.”
As the Alabama native prepares for the upcoming Dancing With the Stars Live Tour 2020, which kicks off on January 9, 2020, in Virginia, she is taking a little time to reflect on what this whirlwind year has meant to her.
“This season of my life has definitely had times where I felt like I’ve lost and it hasn’t been what I thought,” she told Us on Monday. “But overall, the end of this season going into the year 2020, I feel like it was, like, symbolic of actually being a win.”
Brown is grateful for her time on the dancing series and is “really excited about what this year has to bring.”
“Of course [my partner] Alan [Bersten] helped me so much, but even just, like, the little times where the girls, the other professionals, would help me or encouraged me and made sure that I felt comfortable,” she said, reflecting on her time on DWTS. “It was just a great experience and one I’m really thankful for. And to be able to have, you know, the Mirrorball and be the champion is just like truly the cherry on top.”
With reporting by Kayley Stumpe
Raleigh, N.C. — A Bradenton, Florida family says they’re grateful to the Raleigh community after kind strangers helped them find their cat, which they lost while stopping to buy a Christmas tree on Tuesday.
Alexis Anderson said she and her husband were driving from New York to their home in Florida on Tuesday, Dec. 10, when they stopped at Boyce Christmas Tree Farms on Mt. Vernon Church Road in Raleigh.
According to Anderson, Lindy, their beloved tabby cat, escaped when her husband opened the car door. Anderson said Lindy was spooked when the Christmas tree was tied to the top of their car.
No one caught Lindy in time, so Anderson quickly emailed local news stations and created “lost cat” flyers to hang in the area.
“We were so distraught,” Anderson said. “We did everything to find her.”
Anderson visited a nearby Office Depot to print the flyers, which featured her phone number and a photo of Lindy. She said the staff didn’t even charge her for the prints when they heard her sad story.
“People were just so amazing — we would have never found her without them,” Anderson said.
The initial search for their pet was unsuccessful, and to Anderson’s dismay, it was soon time to resume the 11-hour drive home — without Lindy. “We were crying as we started our drive home,” Anderson said.
But 90 minutes into their trip, the Andersons got a phone call — someone found Lindy! “When we got the call we immediately pulled off the road,” she said.
According to Anderson, someone who lived in the Six Forks Station apartments found Lindy. They called a local animal shelter, and since Lindy was microchipped, the shelter quickly identified the Andersons.
“A resident on the second floor said that they noticed her in a corner and knew it was someone’s cat because she looked scared,” Anderson said. “When he came back she was still there, so he called the apartment office, and the rest is history. We never met the actual person but we did bless him for finding her.”
Anderson and her husband want to thank the man who found Lindy, the shelter, everyone on Facebook who shared the news and the Office Depot employees.
“This is truly a Christmas miracle,” she told WRAL News. “I have to say thank you to everyone on Facebook and the shelters and just all the people of Raleigh who reached out to us to help us find her. What an amazing community you have.”