Chad Michael Murray back on 'One Tree Hill': But what else has he been up to?

chad-michael-murray-gi-small.jpgFans have spent two years hoping that Chad Michael Murray would make a return appearance on The CW's veteran drama "One Tree Hill," and now, he's finally confirmed that he will return as Lucas for one episode in the series' ninth and final season.

When Murray left the show after Season 6, there were rumors that he was hoping to launch a movie career -- but that didn't quite pan out. Still, the man who conquered the trifecta of televised adolescent angst (he had significant roles on "Gilmore Girls," "Dawson's Creek," and obviously "One Tree Hill") hasn't exactly been navel-gazing for the last two years.

After the Season 6 finale of "OTH," CMM took a little break from the spotlight -- and for good reason! He'd spent six years as a WB heartthrob, which, he admits, may have skewed his perspective on life just a smidge. "When you're young and you're thrown into something that I was definitely not ready for--I'm human and screw up. I'm glad I went through it, I really am, because I wouldn't have come out the other side," he told E! earlier this year.

The other side, for Murray, included Lifetime movie "Lies in Plain Sight" (if you can't guess from the typically punny title, it was about a blind woman and the tangled web we weave) and ABC Family's holiday film "Christmas Cupid" alongside "Pretty Little Liars" star Ashley Benson.

He also worked on a short film and has wrapped production on two features, ghost story "The Haunting in Georgia" and "Renee," which is connected to one of Murray's favorite charities, To Write Love on Her Arms.

Perhaps more importantly, Murray completed his graphic novel "Everlast," a project that's been close to his heart for eight years, since he was intrigued by a man who knocked on his door during his time in Wilmington, NC, filming "One Tree Hill."

"It's a book of choice. Apocalyptic, about looking in yourself. And it's about the loneliest man in the world," he told the Orlando Sentinel. "The first chapter is this dark world, then it gets a little more lighthearted. We go into the perspective, see this world through the eyes of a 14-year-old girl."

The first installment of "Everlast" is available for free on Murray's website. The novel is available for pre-order on Amazon.

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