It is not nice to mess with fans’ hearts. But that is just what the cast of One Tree Hill did when they trolled their followers on Tuesday with a set of Instagram photos taken behind the scenes of some kind of secret project, then immediately took the posts down. Like, really? Really?! That’s just cruel.
As reported by Bustle, the photos included OTH stars Hilarie Burton, Danneel Ackles, Robert Buckley and Antwon Tanner, and it seems like the message they were trying to convey is pretty clear: There’s a reunion coming.
Even though the stars took the posts down within minutes of being posted, TV Guide managed to capture screenshots of them. The photos were all selfies that showed the costars in the background, apparently working diligently on something.
Burton captioned her post, “Behind the scenes…..#christmas2018.”
Ackles simply wrote, “Hmmmmmm… #christmas2018.”
Buckley’s post featured an additional person who can only be seen from the neck down, and the caption, “Always great making new friends on set. #christmas2018.”
But it was Tanner’s post that seemed to confirm speculation. His caption read, “On set working with some oldies but goodies. #christmas2018 new project coming soon.”
So here’s the question… why post the photos with those specific captions just to take them down? If we had to guess, this is some viral marketing effort to stir up interest in a reunion before it’s announced. And it’s working.
Fans are over the moon at the idea that there might be a chance to revisit OTH. It’s even causing one superfan some physical symptoms.
— bruna (@_brurob) June 11, 2018
Other fans speculated that a Hallmark movie crossover might be in the works.
And now the post has been deleted…come on Skills!!! You better not be playing with our emotions…is this hallmark or OTH???? hahah
— Julia Brown (@nikeprincess69) June 12, 2018
And some just screamed.
— Julia Brown (@nikeprincess69) June 11, 2018
So it’s safe to say whatever is being planned, the internet is here for it.
There’s no way to tell if this project might be with the entire cast since series stars Chad Michael Murray, Bethany Joy Lenz, James Lafferty and Sophia Bush aren’t present in the pics, but it could also just be a day when the entire cast wasn’t needed on set. Or it could be an entirely new project that has nothing to do with OTH. Cast members like Tyler Hilton have spoken up before about being in favor of a reunion, though Sophia Bush did point out how hard it would be to get everyone’s schedules to align.
If there were ever a time for a beloved series like OTH to be revived, it’s now. Reboots and reunions have been so trendy, it’s hard not to find one when you turn on the TV. There have been major successes like Gilmore Girls and One Day at a Time.
The good news is fans don’t have long to wait. #Christmas2018 will be here before we know it.