Tree Hill Twist: Tyler Hilton Returns As [Spoiler]!

What you may already know: Tyler Hilton will reprise his role of One Tree Hill‘s trouble-making musician, Chris Keller, during the CW series’ upcoming ninth season, as our friends at Zap2it shared over the weekend. But what you don’t know — and only TVLine can exclusively reveal — is that the singer/songwriter is coming back as a series regular.

That’s right, Hill devotees, a studio source tells us that Hilton’s onetime bad boy — who hasn’t shown his face on the CW sudser since Season 4 — has received an out-of-left-field promotion to full-time status. And The Powers That Be aren’t wasting any time getting Chris back in the game: He’ll first resurface in the premiere episode, airing at midseason.

Details surrounding Hilton’s return are being kept tightly under wraps, but we can say that fans should look forward to hearing lots of tunes from the performer throughout OTH’s upcoming run, which has been billed by the network as its “farewell season.”

Our prediction: Chris comes back to town for a quick visit, then decides to stick around. (They always do.) He’s a changed man. He reconciles with both Nathan and Haley. He performs at Tric. He hooks up with someone. (Maybe Mia?) And they all live happily ever after.

Are you happy to see One Tree Hill getting back to some of its roots? What trouble would you like to see Hilton’s character get into?

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  1. Van says:

    yeahhhhhhh i’m so happy
    Chris Keller is back!! :D

  2. Faith says:

    OMG! I read that Chris Keller is actually Jamies dad not Nathan! and thats one of Tyler’s storylines!

  3. Jordan says:

    I’m excited Chris is coming back, at leasthis character has a personality. Unless this new season sucked that out of him too. Quinn, Clay, and Chase need to go. If they were going to bring in one of Haley’s sisters, they should’ve made Lindsey McKeon a regular as Taylor.

  4. michelle says:

    personally I’ve really enjoyed season 7 and 8, maybe because it got a little too whiny between peyton and lucas sometimes

  5. Patrick says:

    Chad is also coming back as a guest star

  6. Auds says:

    I adore Tyler Hilton, even tho this show sucks. According to reports I’ve read, this season is going to be a half-season of only 13 episodes with “Nate” only in 7 of them and Haley & Brooke in all 13 and CMM’s character coming back for the final episode. Tyler is going to be in all 13. My guess is that Nate dies and Haley ends up with Chris. LOL. I would dump Nate for Chris too!

  7. Emmerz07 says:

    Chad will be back this season. If you go to the OTH Facebook page, there is a 54sec preview for season 9 and he is in it :):) I don’t know about Hilarie but Chad will definitely be there this season!