When (formerly) teenaged heartthrobs, long gone from their feel-good series, return to the cozy snowglobe neighborhoods they once called home right before the shows they once led are about to head into oblivion...that's like crack for the viewing public. That all sounds dangerously specific, but it has happened before (I lost it when Eric came back to Point Place for one last That 70s Show goodbye), and it's happening again: Chad Michael Murray will return to One Tree Hill.
CMM's Lucas, now married to Peyton (Hilarie Burton) and father to Sawyer, left One Tree Hill at the end of Season Six. However, he will return in the upcoming ninth season when called upon to help his old friend and neighbor, Haley (Bethany Joy Galeotti).
The ninth season will mark the end of One Tree Hill. It is not yet known when in the season that Chad Michael Murray will make his appearance, although one might assume (in the spirit of drama) that it will be closer to the finale.
One Tree Hill's final season will premiere in the spring of 2012, and will consist of thirteen episodes.