Friday, September 19, 2014

Charles Pratt, Jr. Named 'The Young and the Restless' Head Writer and Executive Producer

The Young and the Restless is bringing a familiar face on board to write for the top-rated daytime soap opera. Emmy winner Charles "Chuck" Pratt, Jr. will take over as the new head writer, replacing the team currently helmed by Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante, along with Tracey Thomson. Daytime Confidential is reporting that Pratt will also receive an executive producer credit, although Phelps will still reportedly be in charge.

Pratt is known for scripting primteime serials Melrose Place, Titans and Models, Inc., as well as daytime soap operas Santa Barbara, Sunset Beach, General Hospital and All My Children. His credits also include Pacific Palisades, Ugly Betty, The Colbys, Desperate Housewives, and Beverly Hills, 90210.

Pratt most recently created and produced The Lying Game for ABC Family, a solid effort starring Alexandra Chando that ran for 30 episodes from 2011-2013.

Highlight Hollywood first reported the news of Pratt possibly joning Y&R.

- Charles Pratt, Jr. Named 'All My Children' Head Writer and Consulting Producer (May 2008)


  1. Daytime writing is one of the only jobs where you can be an abject failure and still keep finding work. Change is exciting but this seems like just more of the same.

    1. Daytime is like one big company operating under The Peter Principle.

  2. Does CBS/Sony really want to get out of the soap business?

    Chuck Pratt was brought on to destroy AMC and did an excellent job of it. Can't imagine why anyone else would ever hire Pratt unless they also wanted to destroy a show.

    With JFP at the helm and Pratt writing, we should start taking bets on the cancellation date.

  3. Each regime worse than the last. It's as if CBS/Sony want to make sure 2017 is the end for Y&R.

  4. I can picture Jeanne Cooper letting loose an expletive if she'd been here to hear this news!

  5. Perhaps Chuck can get Nikki's character back on track with rehab. I hate the departure from her positive rehab'd efforts were sacrificed. This show had a chance to positively reinforce the viewers suffering from addictions, but it is really going awry with her relapse! Wrong message here to the real suffering viewer who may just be looking for an excuse to relapse themselves!