August 30th, 2011
03:43 PM ET
Former “One Tree Hill” star Chad Michael Murray will reprise his role as Lucas Scott in the series’ final season, according to The CW.
Murray’s character - who was last seen driving off into the distance in season 6 - will return to Tree Hill for Haley (Bethany Joy Galeotti) after she reaches out to him for help.
But don’t expect to see Murray’s on-screen wife Peyton (Hilarie Burton) during the ninth season. Sources told TVLine that Burton, who is currently on USA’s “White Collar,” wasn’t invited back.
Producers reportedly asked Burton back last season, but they weren’t able to
However, original series star - and Murray’s ex-wife - Sophia Bush will be present for season 9.
“One Tree Hill” is expected to return to the tube mid-season.
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