A change is coming to the headwriting regime at the CBS Daytime #1 rated soap. Chuck Pratt, Jr. has been named the new head writer of “The Young and the Restless,” and also received the executive producer credit. Pratt, Jr. is taking over the reigns from the Daytime Emmy winning co-headwriters Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman.
First broken by Tommy Garrett of Highlight Hollywood, Daytime Confidential later confirmed the rumors of Pratt, Jr.’s hiring. The writer has done stints at “General Hospital,” “Santa Barbara,” and “All My Children.” His stint on “AMC” was helmed by critics and fans as the downfall of the series.
According to DC, several other writers were up for the position, including former “Y&R” headwriter Josh Griffith, and even Sally Sussman Morina, who helped helm the show during the 1980s. However, Sussman Morina was considered to “old-school ‘Y&R'” and Pratt, Jr. fits more to the vision executive producer Jill Farren Phelps wants to incorporate.
Chuck Pratt, Jr. is set to begin at “Y&R” on November 1, 2014.
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