Chad Michael Murray Finds Time in His Busy Schedule to Return to One Tree Hill

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 12: Actor Chad Michael Murray attends the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation's "A Time For Heroes Event" at Wadsworth Theater on the Veterans Administration Lawn on June 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images) Photo: David Livingston/2011 Getty Images

Chad Michael Murray will return for the ninth (!) and final season of One Tree Hill, no doubt to the great relief of heart-eating dogs everywhere. Lots of people stopped watching OTH, oh, a long time ago, but it's been plugging right along, complete with serial killers and bridezillas and hurricanes, making Mexican soap operas look like daily installments of Nova. Last season featured a faux-CMM mannequin, complete with mangy facial hair, so there's been at least a little foreshadowing of Lucas's return; his better half, Peyton (Hilarie Burton), won't be joining him, though, which better not mean they broke up again. [TV Line]