Paul Johansson is returning to One Tree Hill both on-screen and off, TVGuide.com has learned.
Johansson, who plays villian Dan Scott, will direct an episode for the show's final season. The 47-year-old actor, who's appeared on the CW soap since Season 1, was also recenty promoted back to a series regular.
One Tree Hill star Austin Nichols says that fans are constantly asking him if the show will be back for be another season, and although an official announcement hasn't been made yet, he's confident the show's creator is prepared.
"Mark [Schwahn] did the finale and I think he might've shot an alternate ending — one to tease another season and one to close off the show," Nichols, who plays Julian Baker, tells TVGuide.com.
Hilarie Burton on returning to One Tree Hill: "I'm never ever gonna say never"
Are One Tree Hill alums Hilarie Burton and Chad Michael Murray open to returning to the CW show?
"I'm never ever gonna say never," Burton told TVGuide.com on the USA upfront red carpet in New York on Monday night. "I love that crew so much, I miss them and Wilmington."
One Tree Hill stars Sophia Bush, Bethany Joy Galeotti and Austin Nichols have signed on for a possible ninth season, a network rep confirms.
The trio joins...
One Tree Hill star Austin Nichols has always wanted to give directing a try, and once he got the chance, he quickly realized that all of his preparation didn't really matter much.
"I've watched directors since my very first day of acting because I knew I wanted to direct," he tells TVGuide.com. "I painstakingly paid attention to every move and every word. But I was really struck by the fact that once I actually stood in the shoes of a director and I was directing, [those] observations seemed absolutely useless."
One Tree Hill will have another time jump in season finale
Nichols, who says he planted the idea in the producers' minds by just showing up to production meetings, initially wasn't thrilled with the episode he was assigned...