One Tree Hill started its 2008 season on the CW following last year’s 4 year jump into the future into the lives of the main characters that have become part of the popular teen drama genre that debut in 2003.
This helped the stories catch up to the aging actors who were already actually into their 20’s and adapt more mature storylines. The first episode this season found Luke ( Chad Michael Murray) finally selecting from a trio of women that he has loved , his original love , Peyton (Hilarie Burton) to propose to “again” and set off to Vegas to propose.Brooke (Sophia Bush) is in a head to head battle with her conniving mother. Haley (Bethany Joy Galeotti) and Nathan (James Lafferty) are finally settling into some normalcy with their young son after a tumultuous year. Nathan’s father, Dan (Paul Johansson) has been kidnapped by a maniacal nurse after being hit by a car.
Happiness and all that threatens it are always hanging over the lives of those at One Tree Hill. The writing on the show has gotten better and the storylines have indeed matured. I am wondering though if the show will be able to last beyond this year. I was looking at this first episode as the swan song for the last year of the series. It just feels that way. With such shows as Gossip Girl and 90210 now crowding into the room at the CW, I am not sure if One Tree Hill will be able to sustain the audience it needs this year.I will keep watching, though.