February 25, 2013 11:41am PT by Philiana Ng
'Supernatural': Misha Collins to Return as Series Regular in Season 9
Supernatural is welcoming back one of its own.
Misha Collins will be returning to The CW drama for the ninth season as a series regular, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. He also will direct an episode.
Collins, who has played Castiel for 50 episodes, first appeared on the Jared Padalecki-Jensen Ackles series in the season-four premiere. His most recent appearance came in the Jan. 16 episode of the current eighth season. The actor was a series regular on seasons five and six.
The network announced Supernatural's renewal Feb. 11.
Collins is repped by SMS Talent. He also appeared in The CW's short-lived drama Ringer last year.
Supernatural airs at 9 p.m. Wednesdays on The CW.