Two members of the ‘One Tree Hill’ cast recently hinted at a reboot or perhaps a reunion. However, if a reboot indeed happens, the old cast may not be back. Here’s why.
‘One Tree Hill’ popularised teenage dramas before ‘Gossip Girl’ and ‘Riverdale’ took control over our idle brains. However, the show did not let go without its own fair share of controversy. Recently, two of the cast members made the fans jump the gun at the slightest hint of a reboot of ‘One Tree Hill’. Nevertheless, the show’s controversial past could be pointing in a different direction.
- ‘One Tree Hill’ cast members hint at a reboot
- Why a reboot with the old cast is far-fetched?
- Could there be a reboot of ‘One Tree Hill’?
‘One Tree Hill’ cast members hint at a reboot
If you hadn’t noticed the recent craze about a reboot rumour of ‘One Tree Hill’, you have been living under a rock.
Earlier this year, in March, actor Chad Michael Murray posted the picture of a “Scott” jersey with a dubious caption that said, “Working on a little somethin something… #OTH #LucasScott”. Hyper excited fans soon jumped to conclusions of a reboot of the show being on the cards, and what followed was a reboot or reunion rumour that spread like wildfire.
A fan commented on Murray’s post saying, “Please tell us? @joylenz posted something today that makes me think reboot”.
As it turned out, that same day, Bethany Joy Lenz, the famous Haley from ‘One Tree Hill’, posted a picture of a lit-up school corridor on Instagram saying, “Some pretty great #backtoschool news for you all… coming soon! #oth #ravens.”
The moment fans spotted the Lenz’s post, their minds immediately went to the reboot mode. They started digging up clues that would indicate a potential reboot of ‘One Tree Hill’. Among the many clues unearthed by the fans, the most interesting was the one which showed that Hilary Burton had dyed her hair back to blonde, the way Peyton would wear it, just a day before Lenz’s post. Moreover, Sophia Bush aka Brooke Davis, commented on Burton’s picture addressing her as P-Sawyer. Coincidence? Only time will tell!
Why a reboot with the old cast is far-fetched?
It must be understood that even if ‘One Tree Hill’ returns with a reboot, it will probably not have the same old cast. This is because the show had entered into a controversy in its later years, which resulted in a rift between the show’s creator and the cast. The controversy surrounded the ‘One Tree Hill’ creator Mark Schwahn who was called out for inappropriate sexual conduct on multiple occasions by multiple victims. In a series of Twitter posts, and an open letter, around 18 women including the cast and crew of ‘One Tree Hill’ accused Schwahn of sexual harassment.
This apparently created a division among the cast members on the set of ‘One Tree Hill’. Bethany Joy Lenz appeared on former co-star Jana Kramer’s podcast, ‘Whine Down with Jana Kramer’, where the two dished out on the problem of coming to a “divided set” after the Schwahn incident. Kramer said,
“It was hard for us because I felt like when we came on the show, just being so honest, it was a very divided set. I feel like everyone already had their places and it was either, ‘Are you going to be in the A team or the B team?’ It was just tricky”.
This is probably why the cast members of ‘One Tree Hill’ would not like to return for a reboot.
Could there be a reboot of ‘One Tree Hill’?
In the same podcast with Jana Kramer, Lenz spoke out on the possibility of a reboot of ‘One Tree Hill’. According to the actress, the show shouldn’t be brought back with a reboot simply because of one “big issue” – the prospective compensation for series creator Mark Schwahn. Lenz feels strongly against the compensation that could go to Schwahn, especially after the sexual harassment controversy, if the series is rebooted. It is probably the biggest and the only thing that stands in the way of a reboot of ‘One Tree Hill’, which could still be managed, Lenz feels if Schwahn gave the compensation away to charity or something.
However, Lenz agrees that if ‘One Tree Hill’ were to reboot now, it would be in a much healthier atmosphere than what was in the show initially. This is mainly because cast members have now matured in terms of their thoughts and emotions and would love return to a place that has seen so much love from each other as well as from the fans.
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