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Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton Leaving One Tree Hill; Three New Cast Members to be Added

Big Changes Coming to One Tree Hill


Things are going to be looking a little different around Tree Hill come season seven. The show's cast is getting a pretty substantial makeover — and it may mean even more dramatic changes for the show than the flash forward OTH put in place a couple of years back. The news may be spoilery, so I've left it behind the jump, but if you're ready to talk about it, just read more.

So: Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton are leaving One Tree Hill at the end of this season. The two had been in contract negotiations for a while, but ultimately, it appears they couldn't work out a deal. So newlyweds Peyton and Lucas will be leaving Tree Hill one way or another — and I guess we'll find out how in next week's season finale.

The show's planning to reload the cast, promoting Austin Nichols (who plays Julian) to a regular character and adding some new blood. The roles are:

  • Quinn, an older sister of Haley's and a free spirit who comes to town hoping to heal a broken heart.
  • Alexis, the new face of Brooke's clothing line who's "an adrenaline junkie and a bit of a diva" and has "never met a party she didn’t like."
  • Clayton, a rising star at a sports agency who crosses paths with Nathan. He's "a bit of a lothario" and "unapologetically enjoys the spoils that are available to a young, wealthy, handsome single guy."

Still, can those characters compensate for the loss of two of the show's leads? Will you keep watching One Tree Hill without Lucas and Peyton?

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