'One Tree Hill': Chad Michael Murray returns for Season 9

chad-michael-murray-320-gi.jpgDrumroll, please! The CW has confirmed that Chad Michael Murray will return to "One Tree Hill" for a guest star appearance in Season 9. Though his on-screen wife Hilarie Burton's return is looking less and less likely given her commitment to USA's "White Collar," we're thrilled that at least one half of "Leyton" will be back in Tree Hill one last time.

The last time we saw Lucas Scott, he was riding off into the sunset with his family, and the only explanation we got for his absence was the Season 7 premiere title: "4:30 A.M. (Apparently They Were Traveling Abroad)" from the Roger Waters song.

After missing Brooke's wedding, the birth of his niece, and Haley's mother's funeral over the last few years, we can't help but wonder what finally does bring Luke back to town. It may not be the most pleasant of family reunions, considering Dan Scott (Paul Johansson) is in Tree Hill full-time once again, and their relationship was still tense when Lucas skipped town.

Though episode number isn't confirmed, we're hearing that Murray's episode may not, in fact, be the series finale, as many have speculated. With any luck, it will be an episode that also features his on-screen brother James Lafferty, whose role this season has been cut back to seven episodes. We're dying to see them reunited.

"One Tree Hill" will return to The CW's schedule in 2012.
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