Its official, One Tree Hill former stars, Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton won´t be making an appearance on the show this season.
Series creator Mark Schwann has confirmed the news to TV Line:
“It’s not going to happen. We won’t be seeing them this year. Quite frankly, we just couldn’t make a deal. Hilarie now has a child and a family, and she’s doing some nice work. Chad was working on a movie (The Haunting In Georgia) down in Louisiana, and there were dates we were trying to work around, but it’s tricky when you try to line up all those stars sometimes.”
Schwann admitted his dissapointment over the news but assured that both stars were willing to make an appearance on the show if their busy schedules made it possible.
“Everybody had the best intentions. But at the end of the day, it just didn’t work out."
News that the show was negotiating a return with Burton and Murray ,who both left at the end of season six, first appeared towards the time the character of Brooke (Sophia Bush) was getting married on the show.
Schwann states that it was his wish to have reached an agreement for it to happen back then:
"Creatively, I would have loved to have them,or even at the end of the season. But unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be.”
It is yet unclear whether this will be One Tree Hill´s farewell season but actor Austin Nichols has confirmed to TV Guide that if that´s the case then fans will be satisfied with how the stories are wrapped.
"If it [is] in fact a series finale, it will be very satisfying," he explains. "[But] I know that there are seeds planted if there's going to be another season. Everybody feels lucky to be a part of something that's been on so long, so we'll see."
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