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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
quinn

Chuck always lands on his feet.

k/kay
k/kay

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

Jenny
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
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
Nanci

This!

Alan
Alan

Please don’t send him back to daytime.

jaybird369
jaybird369

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

Later.

Patti kiewel mastros
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
Zakia

Star is a good show. I love the storyline.

Zakia
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
Pav

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

Mateo
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
Mo

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

tony
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
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
Mo

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

k/kay
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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Lee Phillip Bell, Legendary Co-Creator Of Y&R and B&B, Passes Away

The entire soap world and daytime community is saddened today with the news of the passing of a true icon and TV pioneer, Lee Phillip Bell.

According to her children, William James Bell, Brad Bell (EP and head writer, B&B) and Lauralee Bell Martin (Christine, Y&R), Lee passed away on February 25th at the age of 91.

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They shared: “Our mother was a loving and supportive wife, mother and grandmother.  Gracious and kind, she enriched the lives of all who knew her. We will miss her tremendously.”

Born in Chicago, Illinois on June 9, 1928, Bell was co-creator, along with her late husband William J. Bell, of two of daytime television’s most successful dramas: The Young and the Restless (Y&R), and The Bold and the Beautiful (B&B).

Bell’s career as a broadcast journalist began in Chicago, where she hosted and produced her own show, The Lee Phillip Show, for CBS TV for over 30 years. A pioneer in the evolution of the afternoon talk show format, Bell was a trailblazer in the exploration of timely social issues and concerns.  Additionally she produced and narrated numerous award-winning specials and documentaries covering social concerns such as foster children, the subject of rape, children and divorce, and babies born to women in prison, to name a few.. Bell interviewed heads of state such as Presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Regan; film actors Judy Garland, Clint Eastwood and Jerry Lewis; musicians such as The Rolling Stones and The Beatles; television and stage stars such as Lucille Ball, Jack Benny and Oprah Winfrey; and many other politicians, authors, journalists, fashion designers and rock stars.

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She was awarded 16 regional (Chicago) Emmy awards and numerous Golden Mike awards. Bell is also the recipient of the Alfred I. Dupont/Columbia University Award for the special The Rape of Paulette, the first program in Chicago to explore the issue.  In 1977, she was the first woman to receive the coveted Governors Award from the Chicago chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.  In 1980, she was named “Person of the Year” by the Broadcast Advertising Club of Chicago and the “Outstanding Woman in Communications” by the Chicago YMCA.  She also received the Salvation Army’s William Booth Award for her distinguished career in communications and social service. Bell won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series as co-creator of The Young and the Restless in 1975 and was recipient of the Daytime Emmys’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

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In addition to her children, Lee Phillip Bell is survived by her daughters-in-law Maria Arena Bell and Ambassador Colleen Bell, her son-in-law Scott Martin and eight grandchildren.

Since the news of Lee’s death, many stars from daytime have been sharing their remembrances and condolences of this great woman and what she meant to them.  We will share more on this story later today.

For now, share your condolences for the Bell family and your thoughts on the passing of this icon, Lee Phillip Bell in the comment section below.

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Passions Alum Brook Kerr Joins The Cast Of General Hospital

Casting news today has that none other than former Passions star, Brooke Kerr (Ex-Whitney Russell-Harris Crane) is set to debut in a new role on General Hospital.

According to EW.com, look for Kerr to make her first Port Charles appearance on the upcoming Thursday, March 5th installment.

Kerr will be playing a doctor, not much else is being shared as to what kind and who she may be involved with on the ABC daytime drama series.

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Passions fans remember that in story, Kerr’s character Whitney was in a relationship with the character of Chad (Donn Swaby and later, Charles Divins).  Chad was believed to be Whitney’s half-brother, but later it was revealed to not be the case, and the duo ended up tying the knot.

Since Passions, Kerr has been seen on Hawaii Five-0, Westworld, and True Blood to name just a few TV appearances.

So excited to hear that Brook is coming to GH? Who do you think she will play and be involved with in story on the soap? Comment below.

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Bree Williamson and Mishael Morgan In LMN’s ‘A Killer In My Home’ Debuts Friday

One Life to Live and General Hospital alum (Ex-Jessica, and Ex-Claudette) Bree Williamson, along with The Young and the Restless’ Mishael Morgan (Amanda) will be playing different roles than their soap-famous ones on the upcoming LMN, A Killer in My Home.

Look for the film to drop on the Lifetime Movie Network this Friday, February 28th at 8:00 PM ET and then again on March 1st at 8:00 PM ET.

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In story, Allison Winters’ (Bree Williamson) perfect world falls apart when her husband dies of a sudden heart attack. What she wasn’t expecting was him to announce on his deathbed that he has a secret family! Six months later, Jenna and her teenage son Joshua arrive on Allison’s doorstep, determined to be a part of her and daughter Hollie’s lives… no matter what.

In addition to Williamson, Hannah Vandenbygaart, Percy Hynes White, Krista Bridges, Damon Runyan, and the aforementioned Morgan round out the cast.

Check out the trailer below, and then a pic from back last summer when Bree and Mishael were working together on the project.

Now let us know, will you be checking out “A Killer in My Home”? Comment below.

 

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