Hilarie Burton Morgan, Sophia Bush and Bethany Joy Lenz talk shop on their podcast “Drama Queens” for their fans but, also, for themselves. When iHeartMedia announced in June that the actresses Hilarie Burton Morgan, Sophia Bush and Bethany Joy Lenz were working on a podcast called “Drama Queens” about their time on the teen show “One Tree Hill,” CW millennials — 20- and 30-somethings who grew up on a television diet consisting heavily of shows on the CW, a network founded in the early aughts for teenagers and young adults — lit up.
Within days, a preview of the podcast along with its theme song, composed and sung by Ms. Lenz, was at the top of Spotify and Apple’s charts. It was clear that even though the show premiered two decades ago and ended nearly a decade ago, there was still interest — if not in the show itself, then certainly in the three women who anchored it for many years.
“What I’ve learned about the fans is that they don’t even necessarily care so much about the show anymore,” Ms. Burton Morgan, 39, said in an interview. “They like the people involved, so whether it is a charity that I do here in Rhinebeck, New York, or it’s my book or it’s some other side hustle, they support it like it’s their favorite thing ever.”