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Chad Michael Murray was the first actor to be cast in the show, though creator Mark Schwahn originally wanted him to play Nathan, having seen him in bad guy roles before. But Murray himself wanted to play Lucas, because he felt that the character had a back story he could connect more to, since he also experienced being abandoned as a child.
Cast Members Chad Michael Murray (Lucas), Bethany Joy Lenz (Haley), and 'James Lafferty' (Nathan) each directed an episode for the first time during season 6.
Peyton's Internet address punkndisorderly.com leads to an actual page featuring her art and the web cam.
Moira Kelly was pregnant during the first season, so Karen was sent to chef school in Italy.
James Lafferty is the only regular cast member to be the actual teenager playing a high school student even though he's already 20 years old by the end of season two.
Episodes are all names of songs/albums titles. Artists whose album name/song title features as an episode title are sometimes seen in the soundtrack, but not always.
When talking about casting the role of Peyton, 'Mark Schwann (I)' said: "They asked why I wanted Hilarie Burton, and my answer was, 'She has a lot of pain in her eyes. And I want that pain in Peyton's eyes'. We always laugh about it, because Hilarie is like, 'It's a good thing a lot of crummy things happen to me in my life'."
Since the start of One Tree Hill, James Lafferty and the cast and crew of the show host a basketball game toward the end of every season to benefit different charities. Along with these charity games, One Tree Hill has also hosted the Hurricane Katrina Relief Softball Game and, toward the end of the second season, the show's members also hosted a charity football game. At all charity events, most of the cast and crew get split into two teams and play. The proceeds of each game have gone to different charities.
The Tree Hill High gym, where the Raven's games were played, is the gym that Michael Jordan played at when he was in school
The often mentioned ravenshoops.com is an actual Internet page created by Mouth of the fictional Ravens-team of Tree Hill High School.
Character's full names: Lucas Eugene Scott, Nathan Royal Scott, Peyton Elizabeth Sawyer, Brooke Penelope Davis, Haley Bob James, Daniel Robert Scott, James Lucas Scott, Bevin Evan Mirskey, Lindsey Evelyn Strauss, Rachel Virginia Gattina, Marvin Leonardo McFadden, Sawyer Brooke Scott, Lydia Bob Scott.
Chad Michael Murray (Lucas Scott) and Sophia Bush (Brooke Davis) met on the set of One Tree Hill and married on April 16, 2005. They subsequently divorced.
One Tree Hill day is on September 23rd, the day that the show first aired on
Brooke Davis was named after Sophia Bush's college roommate.
At the end of the series, Bethany Joy Lenz took home the Julius Ceaser book that appeared in the first episode
The name "One Tree Hill" was taken from a U2 song of the same name. The creator, Mark Schwahn, was listening to 'U2''s 'The Joshua Tree' album. When the song "One Tree Hill" came on, he decided to make it the title. (The song itself is named after One Tree Hill, a volcanic cone in the city of Auckland, New Zealand's largest city. The tree was removed in 2000 after being attacked in 1994, however, a plaque exists there and the location is still known as One Tree Hill, or more recently, its Maori name: Maungakiekie.)
Haley James Scott's father is name is "Jimmy" which is short for James, presumably making her father James James.
The show was originally going to be made as a TV movie with the title "Ravens". It was only when the network decided that there was enough good ideas in the concept to turn it into a complete series that the title was changed to "One Tree Hill".
The Rivercourt, which was used througout the entire series, was taken down after One Tree Hill ended
Music was such a huge part of the show that the fictional club Tric was written into the show in Season 2 so the writers could feature more bands and artists.
James Lafferty (Nathan Scott) and Shantel VanSanten (Quinn James) are actually the exact same age, both being born on July 25th, 1985.
Was one of a few shows in television history to jump the story's time line into the future. They jumped 4 1/2 years into the future between seasons 4 and 5. A couple of other shows to do this include Alias (2001), which jumped ahead two years in the future at the end of its second season and Wonder Woman (1975), which jumped from the 1940s to the 1970s after the first season.
In the first season James Lafferty's character, Nathan, is often shown with his left nipple pierced. He doesn't actually have the piercing, they glued it on when he was shirtless in a scene.
In 2014 there was a One Tree Hill reunion in Paris. Most main characters went except Chad Michael Murray, who had to cancel last minute due to filming schedules
Sophia Bush read for the role of Brooke three times. The first time she was told she didn't look sexy enough, the second time she was told she looked too sexy, and the third time she was offered the part.
On May 12, 2009, it was confirmed that 'Chad Michael Murray' and 'Hilarie Burton' would not be returning for the seventh season. This will make 'James Lafferty', 'Sophia Bush'. 'Bethany Joy Galeotti' and 'Paul Johansson' the only four original cast members to be left on the show.
Although Haley is the youngest child in her family, both girls who were cast as her sisters are younger than Bethany Joy Lenz in real life. Lindsey McKeon (Taylor) is nearly a year younger and Shantel VanSanten (Quinn) is over four years younger.
The character of Brooke Davis is not in the pilot and was introduced in the second episode.
Moira Kelly played Karen, she was pregnant after the pilot was shot, but Mark Schwahn didn't want to write the pregnancy into the show at the time, so they used an array of props to hide her belly.
James Lafferty took the Raven Jersey he wore in the pilot and the NS23 shoes from the set.
There is a book with the same title as Lucas's novel, An Unkindness of Ravens, that was published in the mid-'80s.
Haley is not shown driving a car until season 5. The first four seasons she is driven around by Lucas, Nathan, Peyton, Brooke, or Skills.
Lisa Goldstein Kirsch (Milicent) was only supposed to be in one episode. However, she ended up coming back and eventually becoming part on the main cast from season six and on
A normal day at the set starts at 6.30 in the morning.
The characters' IM names: Lindsey Strauss (Lindsey), Scott23 (Nathan), BDavis (Brooke), Marv (Mouth), JunkYrdDog (Junk), Fergielicious (Fergie), BigFtHunterHJS (Haley), and Lucas Scott (Lucas).
Viewers by the Neilsen system: season 1 - 3.5 million viewers season 2 - 4.3 million viewers season 3 - 2.8 million viewers season 4 - 2.9 million viewers season 5 - 2.91 million viewers
Bethany Joy Lenz wasn't originally cast as Lucas' best friend, instead Lucas had a different best friend who played a character named Reagan
Chad Michael Murray and Hillarie Burton both guest starred in the 100th episode of Dawson's Creek. Murray's character was hitting on Burton.
After the third season, the show was picked up by The CW because The WB merged with UPN to form The CW.
Mark Schwahn created Peyton's infamous album wall in her bedroom because he saw a wall of old movie posters in a theater and thought it looked cool.
In season 1 episode 19 when Dan is looking through his deposit box for his pictures of Lucas they show an actual photo from his childhood. He is from Buffalo NY he lived in the town of Clarence. The last picture shown is of Chad Michael Murry in his Clarence School football jersey.
The only actors appeared in both the pilot episode and the finale episode: James Lafferty, Bethany Joy Lenz, Paul Johansson, Lee Noris and Antwon Tanner.
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During the 3rd season, the characters of Ellie (Sheryl Lee) and Peyton (Hilarie Burton) worked together on a compilation CD called "Friends with Benefit" to benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation. That CD was actually really released as a tie-in album, with a portion of its proceeds going directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation to assist in their efforts to promote early detection awareness among young women.
Lucas Scott lives at 1829 Barnette Drive, Tree Hill, NC, 01982.
The show was originally set in Illinois, but The WB asked Mark Schwahn to set it in a warmer climate, which is how the show ended up taking place in North Carolina.
Bethany Joy Lenz and Sophia Bush appear in more episodes than any other cast member. Each appears in 186 episodes.
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Sophia Bush appears in every episode except the pilot episode.
Sophia Bush landed the role of Brooke Davis after the pilot was filmed and the series was green-lit.
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Bethany Joy Lenz, Sophia Bush are the only actors to have appeared in every episodes. James Lafferty had a little break in the 9th season, because of Nathan's basketball career and later his kidnapping
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When Jamie was first written into the show, a lot of his scenes were dictated by what Jackson Brundage wanted to do. He would tell Mark Schwahn he wanted to eat ice cream, and in nearly every scene, he'd be eating ice cream. Then, he'd want to play with Antwon Tanner, who played Antwon "Skills" Taylor, so Schwahn wrote storylines for them.
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The name of Peyton's label is Red Bedroom Records.
Antwon Tanner who plays Antwon "Skills" Taylor was not aware Lucas and Nathan were brothers until the pilot aired.
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Mark Schwahn was inspired to write the school-shooting storyline after hearing someone talk about Columbine and whispering the name. He felt someone should "say something loudly" about the tragedy.
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Both Craig Sheffer (Keith) and Moira Kelly (Karen) have previously worked with Sheryl Lee (Ellie). Lee and Sheffer played a married couple in Bliss (1997). While Lee and Kelly played best friends in high school in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992).
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Daniella Alonso (Anna), Austin Nichols (Julian Baker), and Jana Kramer (Alex Dupre) all played roles in the Friday Night Lights (2006-2011)
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Hilarie Burton, like Peyton, was a cheerleader at her high school.
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Cast members James Lafferty (Nathan Scott) and Shantel VanSanten (Quinn James) were born on the same day.
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Bethany Joy Lenz was in an episode of the WB Series Charmed as Lady Julia. Her name in the credits was Joie Lenz.
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James Van Der Beek who guessed starred in a few episodes was nor only reunited with his former Dawson's creek co-star Chad micheal Murray but also played a producer in Dawson's Creek his character is an aspiring director/producer
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No cast member was present in each episode.
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Jana Kramer and Austin Nichols were both in Friday Night Lights before coming onto One Tree Hill
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Kate Voegele who plays Mia was to appear in 5 episodes but became a major recurring character until season 8.
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James Lafferty took the Ravens jersey he wore in the pilot and the NS23 shoes from the set.
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Lisa Goldstein Kirsch wore here actual glasses when playing Millie.
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There is a book with the same title as Lucas' novel, An Unkindness of Ravens, that was published in the mid-'80s.
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Haley's children have the same first names as her parents
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The river court was torn down after the show ended. It resided next to the USS North Carolina
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The court where the Tree Hill basketball games were shot is the same one Michael Jordan played on when he was in school.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Some plot lines on the show have gone on to reality. -Season 2: Haley goes on tour with Chris Keller and the Wreckers; the actual actors/singers went on tour, selling out concerts throughout the United States. -Season 3: Peyton and Ellie host a concert and record a soundtrack to benefit the Breast Cancer Foundation. The soundtrack was recorded and released and part of the proceeds from the sales of the soundtrack went to the National Breast Cancer Association. -Season 5: Mia goes on tour after recording her first album with Peyton. Once that episode aired, Kate Voegele (Mia) went on tour with Hanson. -Season 5: Peyton tells Mia that she arranged for her to sing at a concert sponsored by Starburst. Kate Voegele (Mia) sang at the "CW and Starburst present Kate Voegele in Concert at Six Flags".
Peyton, Brooke, and Haley all have children named after their maiden name: Sawyer, Davis, and James, respectively.
After no theme song the entire fifth season, Gavin DeGraw does a cameo on the season finale and sings the theme song in the first scene, at the piano with Jamie.
Jackson Brundage is the only cast member to become a regular cast member without having first appeared on the show as a guest star. He came in as a regular cast member in season 5 as Jamie, Nathan and Haley's son.
In the episode where Lucas tells Brooke about the movie she says that girls on the CW channel are hot, One Tree Hill is on the CW.
Lucas Scott's senior yearbook goal was to "write the next great American novel and to find Bigfoot before Haley"
Lucas and Lindsey have the same initials Lucas Eugene Scott & Lindsey Evelyn Strauss
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Sophia Bush has appeared in all but one episode which was the pilot; she was cast after the series was greenlit and filming continued.
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All three of the main female characters name their first child after their maiden names; Haley names her son James, Peyton names her daughter Sawyer, and Brooke names one of her twins Davis
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