The show title comes from the U2 song "One Tree Hill" from the Joshua Tree album. One Tree Hill was originally set in Illinois, but The WB asked Schwahn to set it in a warmer climate, which is how the show ended up taking place in North Carolina.5.Schwahn wanted Chad Michael Murray to play Nathan, but Murray wanted to play Lucas, so the producers agreed to cast him in that role.6.The singer's song "I Don't Want to Be" was the show's theme song. "Not too long ago, I was in Odon, Indianapolis, and I went into a sports bar, and a couple of people recognized me from ' One Tree Hill.' I took a picture and then, probably, like, five minutes later somebody put on ' I Don't Want to Be' by Gavin De Graw," he adds, laughing.
Lafferty was 18 years old when the show premiered in September of 2003.
The Mark Schwahn–created drama also starred Sophia Bush (Brooke Davis), Hilarie Burton (Peyton Sawyer), Paul Johansson (Dan Scott) and Chad Michael Murray, who played Nathan's brother Lucas Scott.
The cast has reunited on several occasions since the series finale, and have also kept in touch with musician Gavin De Graw.
Though Jackson Brundage was only 6 when he was cast as Jamie, he was really good at memorizing lines.5.
was named one of the top television shows in 2009 by the ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards.