The college years are never kind to teen shows. (Remember what happened to poor Saved by the Bell?) So when One Tree Hill was renewed for a fifth season following its characters' high school graduation, the show's producers came up with a novel way to avoid the problem: Skip college altogether.
When One Tree Hill returns tonight, it will be four years since we last visited with Lucas, Brooke, Peyton, and the rest of the Tree Hill gang. To fill in the gap, the CW created a series of fast-forwards, as well as a cast list cheat sheet to help us keep track of the newcomers to the show. But what's yet to be determined is how our now far-flung characters interact now that they're young professionals with lives of their own. With any luck, that question will be answered during tonight's two-episode season premiere. Also coming up this season: Kevin Federline.
If you're a huge fan, you might also want to check out this contest offering eight fans walk-on roles on the show this season. Meanwhile, to watch a preview for the season and see some clips of the older, wiser Brooke and Lucas, just read more.
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