Here is some brilliant news, One Tree Hill fans! As any Tree Hill lifer should know, some of the cast of the long-running CW drama series are teaming up for a Lifetime Christmas movie this year. It’s fantastic. Hilarie Burton, Robert Buckley, Danneel Ackles, and Antwon Tanner, who all appeared in various seasons throughout One Tree Hill’s nine-season run, will all star in the upcoming movie The Christmas Contract, and now Lifetime has confirmed that a one-hour One Tree Hill reunion special will be taking place immediately after the movie’s premiere.
I think I speak for any and all One Tree Hill fans that this is 100% the BEST pop culture Christmas present of 2018. Titled ‘Tis the Season: A One Tree Hill Cast Reunion, the one-hour special will feature Burton, Ackles, and Tanner, in addition to Tyler Hilton (Chris Keller on the series) who will make a special musical appearance in The Christmas Contract and Stephen Colletti (Chase Adams on the series) who will appear in another Lifetime Christmas movie this year titled Hometown Christmas. The Network also promised “a few surprise special guests.” Bethany Joy Lenz, who played Haley James Scott throughout the entire series will also be starring in a Lifetime Christmas movie called Poinsettas For Christmas, so I wouldn’t be too surprised if she popped up on the reunion as well.
The Christmas Contract will be written by Cassie Doyle and directed by Monika Mitchell. The official synopsis for the film reads:
[row]It’s Jolie’s (Burton) first time going back home to Louisiana since her devastating break up with Foster (Hunter Burke). Seeing him is inevitable as their parents run the town’s annual Christmas Market together, but when she discovers Foster is bringing home a new girlfriend, Jolie cannot bear the thought of going home alone and seeing them together. Her best friend Naomi (Ackles) suggests that Jolie bring her flaky brother, Jack (Buckley), home for Christmas as he has no plans this year. Jolie, a professional web designer, is hesitant; so, Naomi, a lawyer, creates a Christmas contract to give them both something they want—a buffer for those awkward moments around Jolie’s ex and a website to help sell Jack’s upcoming novel. Unbeknownst to them, the Christmas contract proves to be so much more than what they signed up for.[/row]
One Tree Hill ran on The WB/CW for nine seasons from 2003-2012. Set in the small town of Tree Hill, NC the show initially began as a series about two estranged half-brothers who are thrown into a world of rivalry, kinship, and drama when they both end up on the school basketball team. Throughout its unprecedented run, the series eventually jumped forward in time to follow the core characters as they entered the professional world post-college and the trials and tribulations of figuring out their futures.
Here are the dates for all of the movies listed above!
The Christmas Contract – Thursday, Nov. 22 at 8:00 pm EST
‘Tis the Season: A One Tree Hill Cast Reunion – Thursday, Nov. 22 at 10:00 pm EST
Poinsettas for Christmas (Bethany Joy Lenz) – Friday, Nov. 23 at 8:00 pm EST
Hometowm Christmas (Stephen Colletti) – Sunday, Dec. 16
Are you as pumped as we are for the One Tree Hill reunion? Let us know!
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