Tuesday, July 7, 2015

'The Young and the Restless' Head Writer Chuck Pratt: "I Never Want to Plan Things Out Too Carefully"

Charles Pratt Jr.
Tim Teeman from The Daily Beast recently visited the set of CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless. His latest feature is a behind-the-scenes-look at the show, which includes a number interesting quotes, including from head writer/executive producer Chuck Pratt.

“I never want to plan things out too carefully; you need to let the story dictate how it twists and turns, always on the look-out for something different, surprising and emotionally compelling,” Pratt said.

“It’s the things you find in the middle that can explode a story, and those things usually come from certain ‘goals’ you set up. Many times I’ve started with the end of a story and worked backwards, ultimately timing the big reveals to correspond with sweeps periods, and an ultimate climax—and if you’re talking a perfect story, its ending is the next story’s beginning.”

Thinking what he calls “long story,” says Pratt, “is the ultimate joy of the job [alongside his co-head writer Tracey Thomson], the meringue on the pie! Just sit back, grab a few hours, a weekend, and spit-ball story.”

He tries to identify “a new character who is exploding… Our goal is to make them a pivotal part of a big story. Couples are another goal. Putting them together. Breaking them up. Giving them children. There is absolutely no formula to a successful story. My goal is to have story come out of character—and usually a successful character will almost dictate the story to us. They speak to us in our dreams!”

Read the entire story at thedailybeast.com.

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  1. My love for Y&R has diminished a lot this year. Chuck's stories are not for me.

  2. Well...that would pretty much explain why Y&R is in the embarrassing state it's in. Serial storytelling is BASED on long-form. Otherwise, just watch the news. Like GH, there's no appeal left here except for "train wreck TV." RIP Y&R....hopefully a more respectful regime can save its legacy.

  3. Well, neither Chuck nor Jill need any toilet paper for a while after THAT fluff piece.

  4. Chuck Pratt, Y&R's head writer: “I never want to plan things out too carefully"

    Joshua, disenchanted longtime Y&R viewer: "No shit."

  5. For me it's his arrogance that is so appalling. He lets character drive story? Q. How many Y&R characters are completely unrecognizable since Pratt took over? A. A large part of the cast!

  6. I don't know what's worse, the writing since Pratt took over Y&R or the incredible ratings they get. All hope for humanity lost.