The “Drama Queens” take fans back to Tree Hill


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The stars of “One Tree Hill” release an episode of their podcast, “Drama Queens” every Monday.

“Always and forever.” This is one of the most iconic lines from the hit 2003 teen drama, One Tree Hill. This is also the connection that the cast and fans alike feel with the show, which came to a close in 2012. The stars of the show have now returned to their roots in Tree Hill to carry out its legacy.

One Tree Hill, starring Bethany Joy Lenz as Haley, Sophia Bush as Brooke, Hilarie Burton Morgan as Peyton, Chad Michael Murray as Lucas, and James Lafferty as Nathan, ran for nine seasons on the CW, and it has truly had a lasting impact on its viewers.

Following a group of friends in the fictional town of Tree Hill, North Carolina, the drama created a special magic for the audience. Covering the highs and lows of high school, as well as the changes from teenage years to adulthood, the show created the perfect sense of sentimentality. Filled with love, friendships, basketball, and more, One Tree Hill has left its mark on the world of teen dramas.

Since the show concluded, One Tree Hill has maintained a very strong fan base, including those who watched the show when it originally aired as well as newer viewers who have accessed the show on Hulu and HBO Max. Excitement reemerged when Hilarie Burton, Sophia Bush, and Bethany Joy Lenz announced on July 11, 2021, that they would be releasing a One Tree Hill themed podcast.

The podcast, called Drama Queens, is run by Burton, Bush, and Lenz, and the girls
release a new episode every Monday. Each podcast is focused solely on one episode of the TV show; the actresses rewatch the episode and then discuss their memories of filming as well as the characters. Since podcasts run chronologically, One Tree Hill beginners should embark from the first episode to hear about the pilot of the show. The trio provide so many interesting experiences from their time on set, and fans get to hear all of the behind-the-scenes secrets.

On August 29, 2022, One Tree Hill fans were gifted with the announcement that the “Drama Queens” would be going on tour. With shows in Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, over the course of the week of October 15, 2022, the actresses brought so much joy and nostalgia to their audiences. The live shows were somewhat like watching them record a podcast live, with the amusing addition of interaction with the audience.

Additionally, each show had a special guest star, another actor who had been a part of One Tree Hill. The guest stars included Tyler Hilton and Robert Buckley in Boston; Matt Barr, Tyler Hilton, Barbara Alyn Woods, and Daphne Zuniga in New York City; Antwon Tanner and Lee Norris in Washington D.C.; and Torrey DeVitto and Paul Johansson in Philadelphia. Additionally, the musical guest, Switchfoot, joined the group at the Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia shows. The band are the singers of the song “Dare You to Move,” which is played during one of the early iconic moments of the TV show.

Since the tour, Burton, Bush, and Lenz have returned to their weekly scheduled podcast episode to help ignite their fans’ love for One Tree Hill. Through the work of the actresses, the podcast fills listeners with a sense of 2000s nostalgia, love for the Drama Queens and fond memories of One Tree Hill.