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Chad Michael Murray is returning to One Tree Hill for the ninth and final season, The CW announced on Monday.

When viewers last saw Lucas Scott in Season 6, he and new wife Peyton (Hilarie Burton) and baby Sawyer hit the road to travel the world. Lucas returns to Tree Hill when his best friend Haley (Bethany Joy Galeotti) reaches out to him for help.

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"The secrets out;) Im excited 2 say that 'Luke' will b reuniting with the amazing OTH cast, Producers & Crew 4 an ep! This is 4 u great fans," Murray, 30, tweeted.

While Burton previously told us she'd "never say never" about returning to the CW series, it seems unlikely due to her role on White Collar.

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One Tree Hill returns to CW in January.