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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
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quinn

Chuck always lands on his feet.

k/kay
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k/kay

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

Jenny
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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
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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
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Nanci

This!

Alan
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Alan

Please don’t send him back to daytime.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

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

Later.

Patti kiewel mastros
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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
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Zakia

Star is a good show. I love the storyline.

Zakia
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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
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Pav

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

Mateo
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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
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Mo

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

tony
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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
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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
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Mo

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

k/kay
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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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Marcus Coloma On His GH Exit: “I Don’t Know Why That Decision Was Made, But I Don’t Feel Any ill Will and I Didn’t Feel I Got Fired”

This week, GH fans saw Adam Huss returning to the ABC soap opera as Nikolas Cassadine to finish out the rest of the scenes originally intended to be played by Marcus Coloma who ended his three-year run on the show a tad early.

As has been previously reported, Coloma came down with Covid-19 as his final tape days neared, and a decision was made for him to not return to finish off his last run of episodes.

With all the rumors and stances taken by everyone involved, Coloma was the special guest on this week’s episode of the That’s Awesome Podcast hosted by Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson and discussed his departure from the long-running daytime drama series.

Marcus expressed that when he took the role on GH, he was excited to be in that kind of environment (working on a soap opera), and only signed on for three years.  However, as time went by it became more difficult to reconcile leaving when his contract was up, sharing: “You fall in love with the crew and everybody along with it. So, two and a half years in, this decision that was so clear in the beginning is getting complicated.”

The actor added that while, “I knew the end was coming, it wasn’t like GH was saying, ‘Hey, Marcus, we want you to stay.’  There was no negotiation … and all I can say to that is I don’t know why that decision was made, but I don’t feel any ill will and I didn’t feel like I got fired. It just felt like … there was maybe an understanding that I was going to be there for three years. The big surprise is how much it hurt. Even though I knew I was going to leave.”

In the end, Coloma reflected that this may have concluded as it should, adding, “I really do have some big goals and those goals would have never been realized if I would have stayed. That’s not to take anything away from GH because I admire everything about it.”

Watch the episode of That’s Awesome featuring Coloma below.

Then weigh-in, what do you think of Marcus’ thoughts on his exit as GH’s Nikolas Cassadine? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Sean Kanan’s ‘Studio City’ Scores 13 Indie Series Award Nominations

Nominations were revealed on Wednesday for the upcoming 13th annual Indie Series Awards.  Sean Kanan’s streaming series, Studio City received 13 nominations in various categories.

Studio City’s nominations are fo: Best Drama Series, Sean Kanan, Michel Kanan, and Timothy Woodward, Jr., producers; Best Director in a Drama Series, Timothy Woodward, Jr.; Best Writing in a Drama Series, Michele Kanan, Sean Kanan and Timothy Woodward, Jr., writers; Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Sean Kanan; Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Carolyn Hennesy; Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Tristan Rogers and Justin Torkildsen; Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Natalie Burn and Juliet Vega; Guest Performer in a Drama Series, Lilly Melgar; Best Ensemble in a Drama Series, Outstanding Cinematography in a Drama Series, Pablo Diaz, and Outstanding Editing in a Drama Series, Fady Jeanbart.

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In a statement on Studio City’s 13 nods, Sean Kanan shared: “I am overwhelmed and thankful that our show, which I refer to as the little-engine that could series, has received such support from the Indie Series Awards. Our second season was a collaborative effort of creativity, love of our content, and hard work. We look forward to creating more entertaining series in the future.”

Studio City tells the dramatic and comedic story of Sam Stevens (played by Kanan), a long-time soap opera actor starring in the number two most-watched daytime drama, “Hearts on Fire” as he struggles to keep his top spot on the show, break out of soaps into feature films, and deal with his own complicated life which includes a few dark secrets concerning his past, including an aging step-father, the twisted truth of his paternity, and a daughter that he never knew existed.  Season two consists of six episodes and is available on Amazon Prime.

For the complete list of this year’s Indie Series Award nominations, check them out here.  The Indie Series Awards ceremony will be on Wednesday, April 12th in Burbank, California at The Colony Theatre in Burbank.

What do you think of the nominees from Studio City for the ISA Awards? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa Launches Podcast on SiriusXM

Former All My Children stars Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo) can add launching a podcast to their extensive resume through their production company, Milojo Productions, and Sirius XM.

According to Deadline, Ripa will host Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa, where she will have in-depth conversations with celebrity guests. Depending on the subject matter, a specialist or expert could also join the episode to provide insight.

In a statement on her new hosting gig and show, Ripa expressed: “After 23 years of interviewing celebrities, authors, musicians and experts on live TV, the big takeaway is that the most compelling and unfiltered conversations happen off camera. I have dreamed of a platform where I can have these honest talks without all the fuss and filter of a camera. Now SiriusXM has made my dream a reality with a podcast featuring friends, both old and new, discussing a variety of topics we all face in life, while getting deep with some experts’ views and advice along the way. Not another podcast, this is off camera!”

New episodes of Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa will be available every week on Stitcher, the SXM App, and all major podcast listening platforms beginning in March.

Kelly will be quite busy co-hosting the syndicated talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan, in addition to Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa.

So, will you check out Kelly’s new podcast? Hope she has some All My Children alum on as guests? Comment below.

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