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'One Tree Hill' star James Lafferty joins NBC pilot as a private school teacher

Good news, "One Tree Hill" fans! Series star James Lafferty has booked his first major role since wrapping up his final season as Nathan Scott. Lafferty will star in NBC's untitled drama from executive producer Rand Ravich.The series is about a newbie Secret Service agent, Marcus Finley (Lance Gross), whose first day on the job incites an international incident when the president's son and several classmates are kidnapped. Lafferty is set to star as the "boyishly handsome" (check) Mr. Nash, the private school teacher who was abducted with his students.Lafferty is the third "One Tree Hill" lead to land a significant pilot role on NBC this season. Sophia Bush will star in NBC's "Hatfields & McCoys" as a young doctor caught in her family's feud, and Robert Buckley will star in the network's plane crash comedy "Holding Patterns" as an arrogant author who returns to his hometown for a wedding.... //

'One Tree Hill's' Bethany Joy Lenz lands 'Men At Work' Season 2 role

We're still mourning "One Tree Hill" here at Zap2it, but elsewhere, the cast members are moving on. Sophia Bush will soon be seen on CBS's "Partners," Rob Buckley has a key role on ABC's "666 Park Avenue"... and now fan favorite star Bethany Joy Lenz has booked her first post-"OTH" television role. Zap2it has learned exclusively that Lenz, who played Haley James Scott for nine seasons, will guest star on TBS's "Men At Work" as a hot mom. (It's a role she's pretty familiar with -- both from "OTH" and, you know... life.)Tyler -- played by Michael Cassidy of "The O.C." fame -- is entering the "new frontier" of dating moms, so he takes interest in the recently divorced Meg (Lenz), who has two very young kids. He's totally digging her... but unfortunately for Meg, she quickly realizes that dating Tyler is a lot like having a third child on her hands.Lenz begins filming on... //

First look: 'One Tree Hill' star Danneel Ackles on 'Retired at 35' Season 2

TVLand comedy "Retired at 35" returns for Season 2 next week, and this season, David (Johnathan McClain) may have met his match when Danneel Ackles joins the show -- and Zap2it has your first look photo of her character, Jenn.After a few years on "One Tree Hill," Ackles was looking to trade in teen angst for some laughs, and has sought out comedic roles -- from "Harold and Kumar" to her underrated turn opposite Ryan Hansen on NBC's "Friends With Benefits." On "Retired at 35," she tries her hand at playing a parent for the first time.When we visited her on set, she admitted that it was a little weird for her to play a mom. "It's my first kid!" she jokes, giving credit to seven-year-old Caitlin Carmichael, who plays her daughter. "She's actually incredibly talented and sweet and smart, all those things that child actors are."McClain says that Jenn will have an interesting impact... //

Sophia Bush donates 'One Tree Hill' wardrobe items for I Am That Girl auction

Our major girl crush on "One Tree Hill's" Brooke Davis is well-documented, so it should go without saying that we think her portrayer, Sophia Bush, is pretty excellent, too. Like Brooke, Sophia has long been a champion for empowered women -- and though she's about to start filming her new show, "Partners," she and Brooke joined forces one last time to help an organization that aspires to encourage young women to use their voices.When we spoke with Sophia earlier this year, she joked that she one day wanted to sneak into Warner Bros. and raid Brooke Davis' wardrobe. Though she didn't have to resort to a life of crime, she did manage to pilfer some favorite outfits -- for a very good cause.Bush pulled out some of her favorite B. Davis fashions to donate to I Am That Girl through Closets for Causes. The lingerie Brooke wore for Julian, the dress she wore when Lucas... //

One Tree Hill Creator Mark Schwahn Shares the Series Ending That Never Happened

Although One Tree Hill 's series finale ended with the emotions creator Mark Schwahn always imagined, it didn't involve the characters he initially pictured. "In my mind, when the show first started, we probably would've ended up in the series finale with a Karen-Keith-Lucas scenario and they would've become the family they never were," Schwahn told at the inaugural ATX Television Festival. "Tonally it never changed for me. I always knew where I wanted to leave the show. I wanted it to be something that the fans invested since Day 1 felt like was speaking to them." //

CMT Awards 2012: 'One Tree Hill's' Jana Kramer and 'American Idol's' Casey James play us out

No, you're not seeing things! That was Jana Kramer, best known as troubled model/actress/screenwriter/singer/songwriter Alex Dupre from "One Tree Hill," performing at the CMT Awards on Wednesday night. Kramer's character left Tree Hill early in the show's final season, leaving behind her boyfriend to pursue a country music career. In a case of art-imitating-life-imitating-art, Kramer herself hit the tour circuit, too. Her debut album was released on Tuesday, and fans got a little listen at the CMT Awards as she played the show into a commercial with her single "Why Ya Wanna," which, of course, "One Tree Hill" fans are already familiar with. Kramer isn't the only emerging artist who played an abbreviated version of a new song as the show lead into a commercial break. "American Idol" fans likely recognized Casey James as the third place finalist from Season 9. He played his song "Crying On a Suitcase" from his debut album, which was... //

'One Tree Hill': Mark Schwahn talks Rachel's future, plus that other unanswered question

"One Tree Hill" ended almost two months ago, but we're still not really over it. This weekend, Zap2it attended the ATX Festival, a weekend-long celebration of all things television in Austin, Texas. While we managed to resist presenting executive producer Mark Schwahn with a mason jar filled with our finale tears, we couldn't help but ask him about a few of the show's loose ends.One of our favorite secondary characters of the series, Rachel (Danneel Ackles), wasn't mentioned in the final season, despite her significant contribution to the Tree Hill mythology. Though she did go through an unfortunate junkie phase, Schwahn tells us that in his mind, Rachel landed on her feet. "Rachel's obviously fine," Schwahn promises. "She's always going to be fine. She's very crafty, and yet, she has a good heart and she's in great shape." In fact, had things ended differently for Dan Scott, we may have seen more of Rachel in... //

Top Moments: Bones' Birth in a Manger and Mad Men's Fat Betty

Our top moments of the week: 13. Biggest Buzzkill: When The Voice 's Carson Daly asks Adam Levine for his opinion on Team Christina singer Jesse Campbell, Christina Aguilera is all too ready to come to her singer's defense and warns Adam not to criticize too harshly, saying, "Payback's a b----." Adam — who was only trying to compliment Jesse — is gobsmacked by Christina's reaction. Adding fuel to the fire, Christina calmly asks Jesse: "Aren't you glad that you have the only sober coach up here?" Irony! 12. Most Annoying Screaming Match: Wanna know what a Real Housewives reunion on speed looks like? Then check out the Watch What Happens Live All-Star Party . In a Real Housewives Battle Royale , Andy Cohen pits East Coast vs. West Coast, quizzing them on "their favorite...  //

'One Tree Hill' series finale ratings highest of the season

This morning, "One Tree Hill" fans woke up to our equivalent of a post-apocalyptic landscape: For the first time in nine years, there are no new "One Tree Hill" episodes to look forward to. Are there support groups for this?At least we know we're not alone. The ratings for the series finale were the highest of the season, matching season high Wednesday night ratings in adults 18-34 (0.9/3), adults 18-49 (0.8/2) and women 18-49 (1.1/3). In the CW's target demographic, women 18-34, the two-hour "One Tree Hill" goodbye posted the best numbers since February 23, 2011.According to The CW's press release, "Versus Wednesday of this same week last year, last night was up 50% in adults 18-34, 40% in women 18-34 and 33% in adults 18-49. Week to week, last night was up 29% in adults 18-34, 27% in women 18-34 and 14% in adults 18-49."The first hour of the finale event, a series of... //

TV ratings: 'One Tree Hill' finale gets small bump, 'American Idol' wins for FOX

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 4, 2012FOX's "American Idol" garnered an easy win for the network Wednesday, though it was down more than a million viewers in its first hour this week and up a bit in the second. CBS' "Survivor: One World" was up this week as well. Fans said goodbye to The CW's "One Tree Hill" with two hours of programming -- the first being interviews with the cast, which drew 1.37 million viewers, while the finale brought in 1.42 million -- a modest rise for the show."Betty White's Off Their Rockers" did A-OK for NBC with 7.2 million viewers -- its follow-up "Best Friends Forever," not so much. ABC's "Happy Endings" exited its second season on a low note with just 3.7 million viewers.FOX averaged 16.65 million viewers with a 10.0 rating/16 share in households for the night. CBS came in a more distant second at 11.09 million, 7.0/11. Third place... //