New Primetime Gig for 'The Young and the Restless' Head Writer Chuck Pratt Jr.

Chuck Pratt Jr., the head writer and executive producer (with Mal Young) of CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless, has been named showrunner and executive producer of the upcoming FOX series, Star. According to TVLine, filling the void left by departing producer-writer Charles Murray.

In early September, Murray left the show after he and Star co-creators Daniels and Tom Donaghy amicably parted ways over creative differences.

Pratt’s TV resumé includes The Lying Game, Desperate Housewives, Melrose Place and Ugly Betty, as well as soap staples All My Children, General Hospital and Santa Barbara. There has been no official word for The Young and the Restless on how Pratt's position at the show will be impacted. It seems unlikely he could keep his daytime gig, which might be music the ears of some Y&R fans.

The Atlanta-set Star follows three young women (Ryan Destiny, Jude Demorest and Brittany O’Grady) who form a musical group and experience the music business’ highs and lows on their road to fame. The cast also includes Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt and Nicholas Gonzalez.

Star will air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT when it premieres in early 2017.

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