Well, it looks like Chad Michael Murray was telling the truth last March when he said he wasn’t coming back to ‘One Tree Hill’ next season. Now Michael Ausiello has posted exclusively on his EW.com Ausiello Files that neither Chad nor his co-star, Hilarie Burton, are returning next season.
Murray and Burton have been engaged in rather high-profile contract
negotiations for the past several months. Ultimately, a deal couldn’t
be worked out and both actors will make their final appearances in next
Monday’s season finale.
To fill the void next season, a Hill insider tells me that
two new characters will be introduced. Additionally, Austin Nichols
(Julian) is being promoted to a series regular."
I guess that’s what Chad was referring to when he said the CW wanted to "save money." The CW is expected to announce their departure next Thursday.
Well, Chad’s and Hilarie’s characters were married in the penultimate episode, so I guess they’ll be written off together.
How do you ‘One Tree Hill’ viewers feel about this development?
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