Chad Michael Murray tweeted some news this morning that’s been hotly anticipated by “One Tree Hill” fans — the date his character, Lucas, returns to the locally filmed drama series “One Tree Hill.”
He tweeted: “The Lucas returns OTH ep airs Feb 22nd here in the states. Not sure bout international date. It’s ep 7. Cheers all!”
So mark your calendars. The sensitive Tree Hill basketballer returns Feb. 22. Fans will undoubtedly be disappointed that Peyton (Hilarie Burton) isn’t joining him. But fans have been clamoring for his return since Murray left the show after the season six finale.
In a rare show of acknowledgment that the show is still on its network, The CW feted the cast of “One Tree Hill” Thursday night at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena.
On hand were showrunners Mark Schwahn and Joe Davola and cast members James Lafferty, Sophia Bush, Bethany Joy Galeotti, Shantel VanSanten, Antwon Tanner, Lee Norris, Stephen Colletti, Paul Johansson and Tyler Hilton. I’ll post more from my interviews later both on this blog and over at StarNewsOnline.com, but here are a few tidbits I picked up from the party last night. (Many of these I’ve already shared on Twitter.)
Treasure trove: Mark Schwahn kept the huge neon sign that hung in Tric. He said he had it shipped to his farm in the Midwest.
Cast change: In the original pilot, Samantha Shelton was cast as Lucas’ best friend, Reagan. Mark said he expected her to steal the show. The suits wanted the role recast, though, so Galeotti was brought in and the character was renamed Haley. As he started writing for Galeotti, Schwahn said Haley became less sarcastic and more heartfelt.
Superhero Mouth? North Carolina native Lee Norris relocated to Los Angeles after filming wrapped. “I need a job!” he said. “And I don’t think there’s a part for me in ‘Iron Man 3′ (which will film in Wilmington in 2012).”