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Sophia Bush Joins Don Johnson in 'Southern Comfort'

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 14th 2010 9:30AM
'One Tree Hill' has been on the air for seven seasons, which have included a major flash-forward reboot of the show for its fifth season, the ouster of its two biggest stars -- Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton -- after its sixth season and the real-life marriage (and subsequent divorce) of stars Murray and Sophia Bush.

But has the CW teen drama finally hit a wall with news that Bush, its biggest remaining star, is looking to move on to a higher profile show -- and network -- for next season?

Bush, who plays teen queen-turned-fashion mogul Brooke Davis on 'OTH,' has signed on to co-star in the ABC comedy pilot 'Southern Discomfort,' in which she will play the daughter of a Texas couple played by Don Johnson and Mary Steenburgen.'One Tree Hill' has been on the air for seven seasons, which have included a major flash-forward reboot of the show for its fifth season, the ouster of its two biggest stars -- Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton -- after its sixth season and the real-life marriage (and subsequent divorce) of stars Murray and Sophia Bush.

But has the CW teen drama finally hit a wall with news that Bush, its biggest remaining star, is looking to move on to a higher profile show -- and network -- for next season?

Bush, who plays teen queen-turned-fashion mogul Brooke Davis on 'OTH,' has signed on to co-star in the ABC comedy pilot 'Southern Discomfort,' in which she will play the daughter of a Texas couple played by Don Johnson and Mary Steenburgen.

'Southern Discomfort' revolves around Johnson's character, who finds his empty nest disturbingly full again when his adult children move back home. Bush's character is Haley, a recent Harvard graduate who returns to her hometown so she can reunite with her ex-boyfriend.

Though 'Southern Discomfort' is one of ABC's most buzzed about pilots -- and would seemingly be a perfect fit with the network's Wednesday-night comedy line-up with new hits 'The Middle,' 'Modern Family' and 'Cougar Town' -- Bush's role in the series is in second position to her 'OTH' role, meaning if the CW drama does return for an eighth season, the actress is obligated to stay on the show as the Clothes Over Bros. fashion line honcho.

As for 'One Tree Hill's' chances of returning next fall, the Hollywood Reporter suggests the show's main competition is the CW freshman drama 'Life Unexpected,' which wrapped its first season on Monday. The shows are reportedly competing for one open spot on the network's 2010-2011 schedule, with 'One Tree Hill' averaging around 2.3 million viewers per episode, versus 'Life Unexpected's' just under 2 million average.

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