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Head Scribe Chuck Pratt Jr. On What To Expect On Y&R: "You'll See More Centralized Stories, With Bigger Umbrellas, Touching More Characters …"

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The new head writer of The Young and the Restless,  Chuck Pratt Jr.’s episodes are going to begin airing shortly on the number one soap opera.  Fans of the CBS Daytime drama are of course wondering what he has planned for the residents of Genoa City and how he plans to tell story.

In a intriguing feature in this week’s Soap Opera Digest (on newsstands now) called, “The Future Is Now” which has several daytime creatives weighing in on how they foresee the 2015 landscape in the world of daytime dramas,  Y&R’s Pratt Jr.,  predicted that 2015 will be a year of surprises speaking solely about his show.

When SOD asked what is Chuck’s game plan to make Y&R shine, he related: “Emotional stakes will be at the forefront across all stories – and you’ll see more centralized stories, with bigger umbrellas, touching more characters with shared challenges and hopes and fears.”

The scribe went on to also say, “Overall, expect a faster pace, deeper, more relatable emotions and a sense of, “I can’t believe they’re doing that!”

So, what do you think about some of Chuck Pratt Jr.’s plans for Y&R?  Excited to see what 2015 has in store as we turn the page to a new chapter with a new head writer?  Comment below!

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su0000
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su0000

ohhh no! Chuck is disappointing me! I really believed he would be the man to bring some ”action” and ”suspense” and kill-off Sharon and blow up Crimson Lights.. Crimson Lights is a junkyard of junk. A set from Sanford and Son.. I keep thinking Fred is going to walk in and sit down with a beer and turn on the TV on and tell Elizabeth he’s coming.. .. I’m going to expect some ”keep me awake” adventures from Pratt, I want some exciting thrillers. I will settle for anything exciting, to start with.. Pratt has no qualms about killing off… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

su0000 alright you’re going WAY TOO FAR defaming Sanford and Son. It was a bonafide hit like it or not. It provided it’s entertainment for all television viewers so KNOCK IT OFF with comments like that…NO LOL…well maybe a tiny one since it is SLIGHTLY amusing as usual. I just don’t get how I truly want to tell you off but yet still laugh at your nonsense.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Did you know Sharon is already dead…thats why her expressions make her look like a zombie…her marriage to vampire Victor sucked the life out of her…lol

Kim Huck
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Kim Huck

PLEASE let Sharon and Adam get back together! I really hope they stop making it lok like Chelsea ever was a love of Adams. Adam would die for Sharon.

Jeffery
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Jeffery

Could he be any more vague? Could SOD conduct a less in-depth interview?

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

I’m sure it’s not the whole interview, Jeffery—there’d be no reason SOD would allow this site to have the whole thing.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

The part when he says “a sense of ‘I can’t believe they’re doing that!'” is what scares me the most. I sincerely hope Chuck doesn’t completely rewrite characters to suit his stories, I know he’s notorious for doing that on All My Children but hopefully he’s learned from all the fan backlash from that. I’m all for faster paced, exciting stories, with twists and turns and intrigue (like GH), but Y&R still needs to stay true to itself. Bending legacy characters and rewriting histories to fit plot-driven stories is NOT what Y&R has ever been about, and I hope it… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Jimmy, that part concerned me as well. It sure sounded like something Ron would say.

Sharice
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Sharice

Pratt is 500x worse than Ron Carlivati.

He makes the “General Hospital” headwriters look like Ernest Hemingway.

Kim Huck
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Kim Huck

They need to go back and look at the history better. Chelsea will never be right for Adam she never understood his pain or whats important to him . Adam ONLY married Chelsea because what happened instead of Victor trying to frame Adam for Skyes death Victor changed it to frame Sharo because Sharon went to Hawaii to clear Adams name & ask Skye to come back. But Skye fell into the volcano & Victor watched Sharon try to help save Skye but instead he let Skye die and Sharon take the blame. Then he told Nick and Nick said… Read more »

jonboy
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jonboy

If YnR ever turned into another GH I’d have to quit watching same as I did with that nonsensical debaucle.

Lawrence
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Lawrence

The part that scares me is ” I can’t believe they’re doing that”

Sharice
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Sharice

I know right. I’m afraid us viewers are going to be screaming: “I can’t believe they’re writing that!”

Joe
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Joe

Chuck Pratt taking over head writing duties & shared e/p duties does not fill me with confidence that he’s going to do right by Y&R fans. Susan Lucci credits this man for killing All My Children. My fear with his sketchy past, he’ll likely damage Y&R rather than help it.

Don
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Don

Joe.

I afraid he may sink the ship, too. Just like he did on AMC.
He may the show almost totally, unwatchable. It was no surprise that the ratings tanked, and the show was cancelled. It was so far gone, that even a writing team change for the last 3 or 4 months couldn’t save it. The damage was done. I don’t know how he got this job, But we shall see how he does with it.

robert
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robert

I definitely agree about the pacing needing to be faster. Y&R has been slow and boring. I hope Chuck Pratt can bring the spark back that Y&R has been missing.

Barb
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Barb

If he does what he says he’s going to do, he might be a keeper…But, we’ll see…That’s al I got, for now…

Sharice
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Sharice

He wrote many a vile story lines on “All My Children” most notably the one where Reese, the lesbian cheated on her fiancee Bianca by having sex with Bianca’s brother-in-law.

What a slap in the face to humanity!

I didn’t even mention the stripper pole he brought in as a daily story line prop. My hopes for his regime are EXTREMELY low.

su0000
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su0000

There is hope..!!! 🙂
”’Reese, the lesbian cheated on her fiance Bianca by having sex with Bianca’s brother-in-law.”’
OK- that ^^^^ is good soap writing, the kind that won’t put people to sleep..

I love gh
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I love gh

Except that it wasn’t true to the characters. He was better than Megan McT, though. No poisoned pancakes.

Harry
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Harry

No Miss Sue, Reese, who was a lesbian, sleeping with Zach Slater reflects a male fantasy and it does not pay fidelity to reality.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

It may not put people to sleep, su—but it may well have them tuning out in droves, which is what happened when he wrote that particular storyline on All My Children (along with several others that were equally out of character). It’s true that viewer boredom is deadly, so I sort of see your point, but on soaps, it’s always been especially important to have characters people can relate to and believe in (emotionally speaking—the things that happen to them are often outside most people’s everyday reality, soap but viewers generally demand that the characters’ behavior and reaction to those… Read more »

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Im waiting to be impressed, his track record before isnt good.

su0000
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su0000

Pratt has done much more than AMC..
for 1 — he rocked while with GH ..

Pratt gave AMC the boost it needed..

Mark Y
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Mark Y

So, Su, you are a fan of Mr Pratt’s storytelling?

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

I don’t remember him “rocking” while he was at GH—I remember more of the same old stuff GH had been doing for years (Sonny, Carly, Jason, mob, lather, rinse, repeat), and in any case, he was the co-headwriter there; it was still primarily Guza’s show. AMC, where he held the headwriting job by himself, is probably a better indication of what his own stories would be like. But perhaps he’s learned something from that unhappy experience.

Aden
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Aden

Lol…yeah a boost right into cancellation.

Harry
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Harry

Mark, Sue will try and nominate Chuck Pratt for the Nobel Peace Prize if he kills off Sharon.

Michelle
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Michelle

Not a fan of what he did to All My Children, so we shall see….

Nikki
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Nikki

All it sounded like to me , was a whole lot of beating around the bush to come out with much of the same stuff.

Alan
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Alan

Every show he’s written has elicited an “I can’t believe they’re doing that” from me — but I not in a good way.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I don’t know Chuck when I hear the phrase I can’t believe they are doing that– it remains me of every horrible story line I ever watched from the aliens on Days, to vampires on GH– the awful Lumina story on AW—to Sharon marrying Victor on Y&R ,every triangle on B&B and so many more I have forgotten— so I’m not reassured by these statements here However if everyone turns into a zombie so be it, I’ll watch Y&R to the bitter end, because I’m realist I know the simple formula that soaps used to run on don’t work in… Read more »

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

I agree to a point, but I’m not sure the conventional wisdom that the “classic stories” won’t work anymore really would hold up if anybody tried it. Soaps can’t compete with the titillation factor of YouTube, so maybe they shouldn’t be trying. What people used to get out of soaps—emotional involvement, an emotional connection—is something they’re not going to get from YouTube, so maybe that’s the angle the soaps should be aiming for. But I haven’t seen a soap genuinely invest in that kind of storytelling for about two decades now; it’s become quite a plot-driven medium. They keep telling… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

OH NO…a faster pace..I can’t believe they’re doing that…for whom doth the “bell” toll? It tolls for thee Y&R..and WE.

su0000
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su0000

Faster paced is a blessing..
Y&R has the longest boring stories in soap history, it needs speed, a lot of it..
and-
faster paced means Sharon will killed off very soon, and that is a good thing ..

davlestev1
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davlestev1

su0000 why do I immediately laugh at your post and then get annoyed by it. OMG…kill off over emoting breathy NIKKI…ok..shocking but let’s move on and forget that tippy toe leaning walk..LOL…you know good and well what he’s saying…Towering Inferno type stories across the board…Blizzards…tornadoes…floods and fire to rival the BIBLE…Daytime disaster TV is on the way folks!!!

su0000
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su0000

davlestev1 , hi..
all that ^^^ is good if not all at once lol .
and perhaps Sharon will be in the burning tower 🙂

I hope Y&R has a really great special effects team, if, Prett has all you said planed I’m ready for it !!

Meg
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Meg

SHARON KEPT ME WATCHING AFTER MM LEFT ,SO IF HE KILLED HER OFF ,THAT WOULD BE A REASON I’D STOP WATCHING !

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Meg don’t listen to su0000..SEE WHAT YOU DID…LOL… Sharon is firmly in place I hope..but I can guarantee when that man says expect more deeper emotions invested in umbrella stories across the board…it means disease and pestilence on a grand scale in Genoa City…before it’s all over we’ll all have a staff in hand at SONY STUDIOS menacingly saying…PRATT….LET OUR PEOPLE GO!!!!!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

OMG. Su, you are so blood-thirsty, I want to hug you and boo you at the same time. There is an internal tug-of-war going on inside of me with your every post…..My strong ‘LIKE’ of you, always wins out. At least, you never falter…always true to your convictions…namely, one Sharon Newman. I am truly in awe of you….LOL. do not change….I love it!

Donna
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Donna

I would love if they killed Sharon off, her character is annoying as hell! She needs to go, as does Kelly and this new Billy!

damien
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damien

DEAR MR PRATT!!! if u read these sites, can i ask you as a fan for 30 plus years, im in my thirtys, and my entire family, we watch all the time and have y n r as a common viewing bond! please return y n r to its former glory under the bill bell regime! the show has been on the right track as of late , so please do your best to continue this upswing!!! we do not need useless new characters, we need the abbotts, the newmans, the chancellors, and the winters!!! we do want boring, long… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

ahhh damien,
all the things you do not want I do want them, as do others ..
I, as others, like the evil to core Victor and murder mysteries..

Pratt has to write for your wants and mine..
so, I hope he has a lot of variety for us ..

damien
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damien

you must be a new viewer who probably started watching when y n r was at its worst during the LML years when longtime viewers such as myself watched hoping things would get back to normal!
poor you, i recommend you check out youtube and catch clips of y n r during its glory years!

Mike
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Mike

damien I am with you.

su0000,
You can get all your fantasy soap writing from watching GH. A lot of us would like to keep that kind of story telling away from Y&R.

KateA
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KateA

I agree with Damien. Y&R is number one for a reason. If it becomes another GH or Days, it’s viewership will drop. I am really liking Y&R now. I don’t mind a tornado, but if mob wars start, I am out.

vinman
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vinman

DIXIE…..aka KELLY….DON’T EAT THE PANCAKES! 😉

madluv4u
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madluv4u

I know a lot of people on here probably don’t watch Tyler Perry’s soap, The Haves and the Have Nots, on Oprah’s network; but that soap has some of the best writing for a soap I’ve ever watched. It’s fast paced, and humorous and entertaining without dumbing down the plots and storylines. It’s very well written with contemporary dialogue and situations that are relateable. Oprah missed an opportunity to bring AMC and One Life on to her network and she could have integrated Tyler’s show in, as well. She could have created an afternoon block of soaps that would have… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

CHILD…what show are you watching on OWN…the best soap on primetime is the newest one on FOX…EMPIRE…The Have and the Have Nots..UGHH that title..is a soap opera mismash mess..scenes that drag on and on in a room like you’re listening to the radio days of old…cliched stories…cliched families..cliched dialogue..the list is as endless as one episode of that show..but with nothing left I watched..and then he went and did that silly show about the couples and a whole season hinging on the…oh just wait till that baby is born storyline.. that’s still unresolved…until it once again meanders onto OWN…

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I have not see the Perry show you’re referring to; but, I absolutely agree with your statement about AMC and OLTL. OWN would have been the perfect new home for both shows. And yes, they would have created a very strong block for her network. Oprah definitely blew it big time.

I love gh
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I love gh

I’ll have to check it out.

Andrew
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Andrew

Chuck was the final nail that KILLED All My Children with the exact same approach – characters did things that didn’t make sense and stories just went off the rails.

He did NOT give AMC an added boost – well, he gave fans an added boost out the door.

Writers that wreck shows shouldn’t be hired to write for other shows.

This is not good news if you’re a Y&R fan. Sorry, all.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

I’ve been joking around a little on here with a regular who really makes me laugh at times..but you know what they say..many a truth told in jest. But it can also be said… a lesson learned is a lesson earned…we may all be surprised in the end…we’ll see I guess. Sometimes old dogs just really don’t care about new tricks!!

su0000
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su0000

Hold on there..

Pratt was out of AMC in Nov 2009 and AMC died on September 23 2011..
AMC was in the hands of Lorraine Broderick its’ last 2 years..
((Broderick won three daytime emmy awards for outstanding writing team from her work as head writer of AMC, giving her four emmy honors as a daytime head writer. and-
AMC was canceled under her 2 year care, she couldn’t save it..
or – it simply was nobody’s fault but ABC/Brian Frons and Anne Sweeney..

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

AMC was not in the hands of Lorraine Broderick for all of those last two years, su. I don’t remember who followed Pratt immediately, but Broderick was not brought in until the end—the last six months, maybe not even that long. As I recall, she got the job right before the cancellation announcement came.

(If your point is that Pratt’s damage was so pervasive that nobody could undo it, I agree with you.)

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

I looked it up. Broderick was interim headwriter for a few months after Pratt left, then the headwriters were Donna Swajeski and David Kreizman for about a year, and then Lorraine came back for the last few months of the show (May to September 2011).

The damage Pratt did was so severe that nobody could repair it. That happens sometimes when someone’s choices so badly undermine the inherent structure of a show that it can’t be fixed.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Michael (not Fairman) first of all Donna Swajeski..there’s a writer’s name I forgot about..who rose to prominence head writing Another World..and managed to keep my interest at that..as well as quite a bit of time on Guiding Light..but I remember her more for Another World. That being said what I mean by a lesson learned is a lesson earned..is that hopefully Mr.Pratt won’t go the way of saying his stories are more important than the people portraying them like he did on AMC..but he did give quite a negative vibe in one of his first post hire interviews. Like I… Read more »

Davoted Fan
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Davoted Fan

I noticed in the credits that he started co-EP and HW duties Friday. God help us all when the “honeymoon” period is over. It will be bye bye Y&R. Be prepared everybody.

su0000
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su0000

Davoted Fan..
No matter how horrible Y&R is or could become the fans will always tune in, we are just that stupid to watch something we do not like simply because it’s an addicted habit..
I am one of them , as are millions of others..
Y&R will need to lose 3 million viewers to fail and and I said – ain’t gonna happen 🙂

Devoted Fan
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Devoted Fan

Well, thanks for your confession but I am not one of those fans who is “just that stupid to watch something we do not like.” It will be sad when that day comes (like it was in the last months of ATWT and GL) and when enough fans do tune out to warrant a cancellation, but there are too many other options in a day and on TV and the internet to suffer what TPTB have decided to serve us – a JFP/Pratt combo. I learned from the cancellations of ATWT and GL so I am prepared. If TPTB don’t… Read more »

Bart
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Bart

Pratt was credited as EP and “Written By” on Friday’s (1/16/15) show – only time will tell if plans on screwing up what Shelly Altman & Jean Passanante were giving us – been enjoying “Y & R” again for months!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Thanks for the heads up i’m still in NOVEMBER on the DVR episodes LOL…now I know when to expect the true week of change although he’s probably still cleaning up after the past regime and really won’t take off till sweeps month February.

Martha Sing
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Martha Sing

His response was vague enough to reveal absolutely nothing. Has he spent any of his career in politics. He dodged the question like a pro. LOL

Ron
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Ron

For me, I’m a diehard fan of the 70s-90s sagas on Y and R: Lorie Brookes vs. Vanessa, The Cassandra Rawlings murder twist plot that lasted for a couple of years, Jennifer Brookes’ breast cancer, sibling rivalry in the Brookes girls, and how I miss great singers like Gina Romalotti! And breakfast with the Abbotts. And, if the new guy has ANY loyalty to the show, he’d make Jill holed up in the Chancellor home and become Kay incarnate, meaning bringing in a new young girl who does to Jill what she did the Kay over the years (and vice… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Y&R makes money for CBS so they won’t let Chucky baby kill it. I would just give him a chance. After all, Y&R was horrible in 2014. He can only improve the show. I would hope that he sat down and made a list of the pros and the cons and write from there. Here is mine. Pros: Michael, Lauren, Paul, Nikki, Joe, Avery, Nick, Sage, Adam, Chelsea, Mariah, Kevin, Fen, Jack, Red, Kelly, Ashley, Abby and Harding. Cons: Victor, Victoria, Stitch, Dylan, Fake Billy, Jill, Colin, Summer and her husband, Cane and Lilly. Rewritten: Cane, Lilly, Dylan, Jill, Colin… Read more »

Laurie
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Laurie

No idea how nuNewerBilly is still employed at Y&R. No idea. Talk about a drag. Ruins every scene he’s in. Wait til you see him ruin Gabe & Chelsea’s conversation tomorrow. Baby Connor clearly called Gabe daddy, Billy walks in and says “oh Connor was talking to me. You know who your daddy is don’t little dude, don’t you?” Adam turned pale. I hope he beats the sh*t outta Billy.

Billy’s the worst, Summer is next.

Timmm
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Timmm

I’m right with you. Billy and Summer are attached to so many characters and they ruin it. Why can we see this but the executives discount it? They have this problem over at GH with a character who sucks big time. He couldnt win a part in his high school play and he is on GH and attached to so many legends.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

You make one crucial assumption that may not hold, Timmm—that CBS knows what it’s doing well enough to give Pratt the heave-ho in time to save Y&R. I can’t say the decisions over the last five to ten years support your faith in that. (Actually, it seems to be Sony that is making the crucial decisions, but replace “CBS” with “Sony” in this conversation, and the result is the same—I’m not sure they’ll see the signs soon enough to do anything, because they don’t seem very clued in.) There are ways to damage a soap that go far beyond their… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt but I see what your saying. Daytime is probably the last thing on their list of importance. However since Y&R has been #1 for 26 years I just think they they care a little more than we might expect. I guess Pratt could write the show into the gutter, turn away the fans, and CBS/Sony might say, look at these ratings, this show isnt making money anymore. Cancel it! Call Emeril, tell him to heat up his skillet!

Marie Williams
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Marie Williams

I am in can’t wait. Looking forward to whatever chuck has planned. He is good at his story line. Go chuck .

Dreama
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Dreama

I cant believe they would let any one character on y & R dictate the hiring and firing of another.the characters of the show are employees and have somebody fired because you don’t like themwhy would you worry about who doesn’t like who won the said if the people like them and keep them Sharon better stay on that show. And why isn’t Victor Newman getting what’s coming to him he’s being so mean and also handed over this show, karma needs to hit him in the butt.

Klaudia
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Klaudia

My new years resolution is to stop watching The Young and The Restless, because I don’t like where the story is going. There are some things in that story that Black People just don’t do. A son sleeping with his father ‘s wife.

diva
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diva

The only reason why I watch this soap to see Sharon get justice from all those so call perfect peoples l love shron

k/kay
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k/kay

I think he is probably going to take a lot of stories from the late night soap Melrose Place. Think Kimberly Shaw coming out from a coma and her going after Michael & Jane. Now that is Phyllis, Jack & Kelly. Phyllis is out to get even with Jack. Crimson Lights will probably blow up as far as any long term veterans getting killed off who knows. the one thing I am bored with is Sage she is being shoved down my throat just like Dylan and I care nothing about either character.

Harlee
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Harlee

It’s the waiting game coming from a professed writer that stated during his disastrous time at AMC he didn’t like “character driven stories”….

Donna G
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Donna G

Anything is better than what they are giving us now. Bring it on!

Lynn
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Lynn

I will certainly enjoy fast paced story lines. The ones that have been lasting for years is ridiculous. Please don’t mess with Sharon, I love her character. If you do not intend to get her back with Nick, give her a substantial long term relationship with a good man. She should never have lost Faith. Dylan is a good guy and he loves Faith.

Carol
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Carol

Clearly he plans to make it shine the same way he made All My Children shine……. so long Y&R!

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DAYS Jackée Harry Joins Freeform Comedy Pilot ‘Everything’s Trash’ in Recurring Role

Jackée Harry is one busy actress in Hollywood!  On the heels of learning that Harry has signed on more full-time on Days of our Lives in her role as Paulina, comes this bit of casting news.

Harry will join the cast of the Freeform comedy pilot, Everything’s Trash along with another notable actor, George Wallace.  Both will have recurring roles in the show should it go to series.

In story, Everything’s Trash follows Phoebe (Phoebe Robinson), a 30-something podcast star navigating her messy life. When her younger brother Jayden emerges as a leading politician, she’s forced to grow up, so she relies on her friends and close-knit family to help her figure out adulthood, since she doesn’t seem to have a clue. The series is inspired by Robinson’s book, “Everything’s Trash But It’s Okay.”

According to Variety, “Harry will star as Zora, Phoebe and Jayden’s mother. She and her husband are mid-Western transplants, but they have made a home in NY . They love and support their children equally, but truth be known, Zora acts (and dresses) younger than she is and straddles the line between “I’m my daughter’s mother” and “I’m my daughter’s best friend.”  Meanwhile, Wallace will play the role of Abraham, Phoebe and Jayden’s father and husband to Zora.

So, looking forward to hopefully seeing Jackée on a half-comedy sitcom at night, and doing her role on Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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GH’s Rebecca Herbst Thanks Fans for the Birthday Love

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Herbst expressed: “Yesterday was such a beautiful day! THANK YOU for all your sweet Birthday messages! #Friz & #Liason showered me with the most gorgeous flowers, cakes & goodies. And #Friz donated $2500 to #SmileTrain.  I felt very loved. I’m so grateful for each & every one of you. …XO”

Of course, the Friz fans loved Liz with Franco (Roger Howarth) and the Liason fans are those who love Liz with Jason (Steve Burton).

Now with Roger Howarth returning to the show – in what is at this juncture still a mystery as who he will play – will Rebecca be paired with Roger in story again, or not this time?  Do you think Liz might end up romantically with Finn (Michael Easton), or is there still a chance that down the line Liz and Jason could get back together, or could Liz meet someone new? Only time will tell!

For now, Herbst was thankful for the money donated to the Smile Train charity and all the wonderful gifts and messages that came her way.

So, what did you think of Becky’s thank you message?  Who are you hoping Liz winds up with romantically in the future?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Oprah Winfrey Helps Ellen DeGeneres Process Ending Her Talk Show & Tells Her She is ‘Proud’ of Her for Following Her Instincts

Oprah Winfrey was the once reigning queen of the daytime talk show, and that mantled was then passed on to Ellen DeGeneres, although their shows were at times, very different.

With the announcement by DeGeneres that she is ending her talk show after its 19th season which will run from fall 2021-into spring 2022, who else should be her first guest but the mighty Oprah who knows a thing or two about ending an enduring talk show.   Winfrey appeared virtually and praised Ellen for knowing it was time to call it quits and reflected on the ending of the Oprah Winfrey Show back in 2011.

Oprah expressed: “It’s almost 10 years ago …will be next week.  10 years ago when I was in this exact position. I know what those feelings are. I also know the feelings leading up to it. So hearing you say, and announcing to the world that it was your instinct, and that you thought long and hard about it … because anybody would know that for something that is as powerful as the show is in other people’s lives, that you would not take that lightly. And that coming to the realization that, ‘Now it is time,’ is a process.”

Ellen shared that her decision was about wanting to have, and do, and fulfill other creative outlets for herself.  When Oprah asked Ellen how she was feeling since she made the announcement and uttered the words, ‘the show is ending after its 19th season.’ Ellen responded:  “I didn’t rehearse the monologue. I knew what I was going to say, but the words hadn’t come out of my mouth. So I was okay until I started talking and it became real. Obviously, I got emotional because it’s real now. But I’m feeling good.  I feel like it’s the right thing to do, but I’m charged. It’s a weird thing to announce that I’m stopping.”   Winfrey then said, “I’m proud of you for trusting your instinct because I know that there has to be — as there was in the case for me — a lot of people around you that want to keep that train moving, who want to keep going.”

Winfrey said it was important that Ellen gave her staffers a one-year heads up, since so many of the people who work on the show built their financial and emotional and professional lives around it – and by giving everyone a year, it helps those that have worked on the show time to process and to figure out their next chapter, as well.

You can watch the entire conversation below.

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