The CW is bringing back "One Tree Hill" on Jan. 8, with the time leap promised. The official announcement is after the jump, but here's a passage worth further discussion:
The fifth season of "One Tree Hill" will be unprecedented in the annals of television drama, as the show leaps forward four years.
That reference to drama is important because there's a sitcom that did the time leap. It was called "Duet," and it aired on Fox in the late '80s. The cast included Matthew Laurance, Mary Page Keller, Alison LaPlaca and Chris Lemmon, among others; a couple of the characters were spun into the short-lived sitcom "Open House," which also starred Ellen DeGeneres.
As is explained in my shiny new ninth edition of "The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present" (makes the perfect gift!), "When 'Duet' started its 1988-89 season, a number of changes had occurred. Amanda, who had been born in the last original episode that spring, was now a talking three-year-old." Indeed, the show had gone forward in time for all of its characters.
Here's the rest of the announcement:
Season four ended as the young characters graduated high school and season five begins post-college, four years later. Some of the characters have found success while others have failed. Some are the same, some are very different. And while their storylines will actively move forward, the show will also dip into the past, returning to incidents and events of the last four years, sometimes for a moment or a scene, other times for an entire episode.
It's been four years since the gang left Tree Hill and many things have changed. With the help of his editor Lindsey (Michaela McManus), Lucas published his first novel 'An Unkindness of Ravens,' and now works on his second. Along with Skills (Antwon Tanner), Lucas also coaches his former high school basketball team, vowing to take the team to another championship. When Peyton (Hilarie Burton) graduated from high school, she loved two things: Lucas and music. Did leaving Tree Hill for an internship at a record company in Los Angeles change her mind about either passion? Or did her time away from Tree Hill simply make her two loves stronger? Her best friend Brooke (Sophia Bush), was chasing her dream of becoming a top fashion designer with her clothing line 'Clothes over Bros' Four years later, Brooke has found some success, but at what cost? Similarly, Nathan (James Lafferty) and Haley (Bethany Joy Galeotti) have also endured the highs and lows of Nathan's career path, but have balanced this journey with the joys of parenthood as they raise their young son, James (Jackson Brundage). And speaking of highs and lows, Mouth (Lee Norris) continues to chase a career in broadcasting but is finding the on-air business to be cut-throat and difficult.
And what of the other familiar faces of Tree Hill, the friends we've come to know along the way? As each character left home four years ago, did they forget the closeness they once shared with each other? Or is it all still there, waiting to be recaptured... in a place called Tree Hill.
"One Tree Hill" was created by Mark Schwahn and is executive produced by Schwahn, Joe Davola, Greg Prange, Mike Tollin and Brian Robbins. "One Tree Hill" is a Tollin/Robbins Production in association with Warner Bros. Television.