Chad Michael Murray and Bethany Joy Galeotti by Andrew Eccles/The CW Chad Michael Murray and Bethany Joy Galeotti by Andrew Eccles/The CW

The young'uns down in North Carolina are branching out.

Chad Michael Murray - perhaps tired of being asked, "What's next for Lucas?" - will set out to actually unspool what's next for his alter ego, as the writer of a One Tree Hill episode airing late this coming season.

I have also learned exclusively that Bethany Joy Galeotti is ready for her own "first time" - as a director, and will call the shots from behind the camera for one episode.

Offering each multitasking cast member expert guidance in their respctive endeavors will be series creator Mark Schwahn. - Matt Mitovich