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Chuck Pratt Jr. Steps Down As Showrunner For Lee Daniels' STAR!

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Former Y&R head writer and executive producer, Chuck Pratt Jr. has parted ways with Lee Daniels and the Fox sudsy music series, Star.   This is the second time the series has had to find a new showrunner.

According to the item in the Hollywood Reporter: “Reps for Pratt note that he only planned to stick around for the first season. Sources say it was an amicable split and done after season one was completed. A search for a new showrunner for season 2 of the series starring Queen Latifah is ongoing.  Production on season one has already wrapped and will not be impacted by the change.”

It’s unclear when a replacement will be announced. Also unclear is if the 13-episode second season of Star will be scheduled for the fall or another midseason debut.

Daniels co-wrote the pilot alongside Tom Donaghy for the Atlanta-set drama that revolves around three girls  who come together to form a band.   However, Lee was vocal about the shift in direction of Star back in December telling THR: “Dreams can come true. It sort of shifted. I started out wanting to make a political statement through music and it sort of shifted.”

So, where should Chuck Pratt Jr. go next? Would you like to see him back on the soaps? Do you watch Star? Comment below!

 

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quinn

Chuck always lands on his feet.

k/kay

Yes he does hopefully he does that on a nighttime show he does not do well on daytime

Jenny

I was a very big fan of Melrose Place and Santa Barbara. However, Chuck’s stints at AMC and Y and R were both disasters. His Y and R was dark, grim, dismal, depressing, and completrly bereft of any kind of happiness or character driven story. I think with his short term plotting style, and shock value type delivery, prime time is the better arena for him. I dont watch Star and dont plan to so I cant offer commentary on his work on that show. I have read descriptions of that show….and nothing about it interests me.

Dr Helen Ruth

No, please. I wouldn’t like to see him writing soaps again. There are only four left, we need them.

Perhaps he could write horror novels.

Nanci

This!

Alan

Please don’t send him back to daytime.

jaybird369

Alan…EXACTLY!!!!! That man has done ENOUGH DAMAGE to daytime already!!!!! WHAT A MORON?!?!?

Later.

Patti kiewel mastros

I watch Star every week and enjoy the show I hope it is on for many more seasons! !!! Can’t wait for Season2
Good work everyone !!!

☆☆☆☆☆☆Love Star ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Zakia

Star is a good show. I love the storyline.

Zakia

I love “Star” and the storyline is great. Keep up the good work. I hope they get someone good to replace Chuck Pratt.

Pav

The man deliberately destroyed AMC. He should do the soap world a favor and retire. Forever.

Mateo

Let’s be real… Chucky Boy needs to stay away from daytime period. Even he says he doesn’t like it. His show STAR was really good. I give him props. Melrose Place was also a great show but his daytime efforts left much to be desired. Never like to see someone walk through the unemployed state in life BUT he has had many successful ventures so I am sure he isn’t starving either. Let’s just let him cruise silently in the background.

Mo

It was his choice to leave. He only planned to do one year of the show.

tony

Yes, Pratt helped ruin AMC but the predictions of doom to Genoa City were greatly exaggerated by DaytimeConfidential and other soap critics. After the crap Carlivati pulled on GH and Griffith/Higley two year disaster on Days, Pratt’s 2 year Y&R run seems like Charles Dickens. Further, Sally Sussman’s first three months have vacillated from boring to bad. Pratt’s version was very plot driven but it moved along, utilized the central characters and had many compelling moments. The way things are going under Young/Sussman, i’d almost welcome him back.

Dr Helen Ruth

Well said and true, but I do want to give Sussman a chance to pick up the pace a bit.

Here’s hoping that feedback like yours (and mine, and others) will encourage her.

Mo

How about retirement? I mean, he’s worked a long time. He deserves some rest and relaxation.

k/kay

Sally is a slow story teller just like Bill Bell was I am thrilled that she has stopped the crazy with Sharon but I could use less of Billy and Victoria give them a rest quit trying to mold the character of Billy into a Mr Mom we have went from one extreme to another with him. Sorry JT will never be Billy to me I think after three recasts he should have been sent on a long voyage.

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Marci Miller Shares Sentiments On Her Final Tape Day At DAYS

Today was the last day of the incredible journey of Marci Miller as Abigail Deveraux DiMera.  After two years, the actress decided to not renew her contract after receiving a Daytime Emmy nomination and playing the multiple personalities storyline of Abigail, Gabby, and Dr. Laura.

Here, she shared her sentiments via an Instagram post on her final tape day at the NBC studios in Burbank.

“And just like that, 2 very meaningful years have come and gone. I have been loved so well today. I will miss this cast. I will miss these people. I will miss this place. I am both heavy and light at the same time. Much love to all, you have left just the sweetest impression on me. Xx #Days”

What did you think about the sentiments Marci Miller has shared?  Sad to know it’s Marci’s last day in Salem? Comment below.

 

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The Chew Cancelled After 7 Seasons; A Slice Of Justice For All My Children Fans?

Karma is a bitch! ABC announced yesterday that the foodie series The Chew has been axed after seven seasons. 

The Chew lost significant viewers when ABC fired main co-host chef, Mario Batali after reports of alleged sexual harassment over many years. Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall, and Michael Symon have remained the regular series hosts.

In addition, The Chew dropped 17% with women in the 18-49 demo and this has been its least watched season since its debut in 2011.  As ABC Daytime fans know, The Chew replaced iconic soap opera All My Children, when ABC made the decision to cancel the beloved soap and replace it with the food show.

So, let’s take a look at the numbers: All My Children lasted 41 years, while The Chew lasted 7 seasons. Hmm …

ABC noted that The Chew will cease production at the end of this season, but will continue to air until September with all-new episodes in June.  In addition, ABC announced that Good Morning America will expand to three hours.  Thus, switching up the ABC morning line-up.

So, are you glad that The Chew got fried?  Is this justice for All My Children fans who miss their beloved Pine Valley?  Comment below.

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Welcome To The New Michael Fairman TV: A Note From Michael Fairman

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By now, many of you have come across and seen that Michael Fairman On Air On Soaps has evolved into the new and exciting platform, Michael Fairman TV.

I hope you take the time to tour the new site, and enjoy its new look, new features, and extended coverage; which will focus on, and include, not only your beloved daytime soap operas, but primetime television drama, a slice of reality programming, as well as popular streaming and digital series.

This site has been a long time in the making, and we’ve been working very hard behind the scenes to make this transition as smooth as possible.  As with any change, we know that it will take some time for all of us, including me, to get used to it, and adjust to it.

I truly appreciate the community that we have built for the last 10 years, and I value each and every one of you.  As with any new launch, there will be small tweaks and revisions along the way that do come up.  Our goal is to make the best user experience for you, and to bring you the news, interviews, and coverage that you expect from the Michael Fairman brand.

I know many of you are already saying you miss the old Michael Fairman Soaps, but this is an upgrade, not a demolition.  That being said, Michael Fairman Soaps was no longer sustainable as is.  The site needed to grow, evolve, change, and modernize with the times. With modernization, part of that is making the site accessible, functional on mobile phones and devices, which we now are.  While some things can’t remain the same forever, we are always interested in your input.

I am very proud and excited for this new chapter.  I hope you will enjoy everything that is to come, and I appreciate all of your loyal support.  So, let’s christen this site together and celebrate turning over a new page.

With gratitude,

XO

Michael

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