CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” is getting a new head writer in the form of Charles ‘Chuck’ Pratt, Jr., who is best known for his writing stints at “All My Children,” “General Hospital” and “Santa Barbara.” The news was first reported by Highlight Hollywood. Thanks to the power of social media, Pratt has already updated his Twitter profile to reflect his writing duties at “Y&R” while also indicating he will receive an executive producer credit.
Although the network and Sony Pictures Television, producers of the series, have yet to issue comment on the matter, Daytime Confidential is reporting that Pratt will lead the writing team of daytime’s number one drama series beginning in November.
There’s no word yet on what this all means, if anything, for Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante, the show’s current head writers. The two, along with former head writer Josh Griffith, won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team this past June for their 2013 writing work on the soap.
In addition to his writing for daytime soaps, Pratt has also written for “The Lying Game,” “Twisted” and “Melrose Place,” just to name a few. Pratt co-created NBC’s fun-thrilled daytime soap, “Sunset Beach,” alongside Robert Guza, Jr. and Griffith.
It is understood that despite Pratt’s EP credit, Jill Farren Phelps will remain in charge of “Y&R.” The two previously worked together on both “Santa Barbara” and “GH.”