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Y&R Welcomes New Head Writer & Co-EP Chuck Pratt Jr. With Tweet Stating: "Exciting Things Are Ahead On Y&R!"

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The Young and the Restless is getting to turn the page on another head writing regime, as the number one soap opera sent out an official tweet from their Y&R Insider Twitter account!

In the tweet complete with an image of yellow rose bouquet of flowers, Y&R scripts, and a laptop, it says:  “We’re so excited to welcome @ChuckPrattJr as our new head writer & Co-EP. Exciting things are ahead on #YR!”

Pratt takes over from former Y&R co-head writers Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante as steering the ship for the character of Genoa City, as well as having a co-executive producer credit.

Jill Farren Phelps remains as the main executive producer of the series.  Pratt and Phelps have previously worked together on Santa Barbara and General Hospital.  Pratt’s last daytime head writing gig was that of All My Children.

Be on the lookout for the new head scribe’s scripts to debut in early 2015, most likely in February, on the CBS sudser.

Excited to see what Chuck Pratt Jr. does with the characters in GC?  Comment below!

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davidevansmith
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davidevansmith

God help us all.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Dude…my thoughts exactly!!!!! Y-I-K-E-S!!!!!

Sharice
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Sharice

Exciting things are about to happen, my azz!!! This show is about to hit a creative cesss pool of terribleness!!!

Kim Huck
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Kim Huck

I JUST HOPE HE PUTS SHARON AND NICK BACK AND HAVE ADAM REMEMBER HOW MUCH HE ALSO LOVED SHARON WAY MORE THAN CHELSEA!

k/kay
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k/kay

If you believe what Susan Lucci said about Pratt and I have no reason not to he is simply not a character driven guy. They will probably be doing more outlandish things then before. As far as the Sharon story they dropped the ball they had a real chance to inform people about bi-polar and instead they dropped the ball and made it about her being selfish and wanting Nick. No wonder people with mental disorders do not seek help we have everyone saying their crazy and abandoning them. It would have been refreshing that after Nick discovered what she… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Kay, you’re so right–I had forgotten about that. Considering that Susan Lucci is a gracious and very classy woman, the fact that she said that Check Pratt is not a character driven writer who pays no fidelity to that character’s history, is what send alarm bells off in my central nervous system. Please let him pleasantly surprise us all. You are also on point about bipolar disease. I am close to many people who suffer from this disease and not one of them ever did something so selfishly contrived , harmful and sociopathic as to play with someone’s DNA results… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

@Harry now I see Nick is threatening taking Faith again my gosh since that child has been born he has been dangling her like a carrot in front of Sharon. If you aren’t good Sharon and tow the line BAM I am taking Faith. Gosh I need a valium!!!!

Sue
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Sue

Keep Sharon away from Nick and put her back with Adam! Send Chelsea off some where! Can’t stand her..

k/kay
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k/kay

Just watched today’s episode classic line Mariah to Summer your mother wasn’t exactly a saint before she took her long nap! Now this I could invest in Team Mariah/Sharon kick that spoiled brat to the curb!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I am more than willing to give Chuck a chance at being head scribe at The Young and the Restless, hoping he’s able to keep it character-dictated, though, I doubt it. My only question is why are we getting rid of the current regime when their stories have been so riveting and amazing? That just does not make sense to me right now. I’m going to give him a chance, but I’m foreseeing a change in the next 6-8 months.

Jeffery
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Jeffery

I agree. Jean and Shelly made the show not just watchable again but suspenseful and entertaining. I’m appalled. Why fix it if it ain’t broke???

SiteAdavocate61
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SiteAdavocate61

Scott, I have the same questions also. What went wrong with Jean and Shelly?

Jared
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Jared

I agree with you all. I have a large post below, but to repeat my main point, Y&R is more Bell like than it has been since 2005/2006. What need is there to fix something that is finally off the operating table, out of ICU and on the road back to full recovery? If I wanted frozen planets, aliens, demons and godfather knockoffs, I’d watch GH or DAYS. I want smart, character-driven drama accented by occasional catastrophic events. Now I’m afraid a tornado is going to hit Abbott manor, the Chancellor estate and the Newman ranch, both in the form… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

I can’t palate NuBilly but I am starting to watch more…The Talk has proved successful for CBS and they want OUT of the daytime drama business and hopefully some smart person will see the value of this show when it goes on the chopping block and will pick it up for another network…but i’m sure TPTB will make it costly and difficult…It was growing legs and now they hire someone who flat out stated over and over he is not into daytime…I don’t get this at all..so sad.

Erika
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Erika

Welp.

seattlegirl
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seattlegirl

It is really unbelievable that Sally Sussman Morina and Kay Alden were vying for the Head Writer position at YR and shown the door. The problem is YR has forgotten Bill Bell and his vision for the show. Until a regime is brought on who knows and respects it the show will be a shadow of its former self. YR brought in the ratings under Bill due to his strong character driven storytelling, his cast who he retained during his tenure, and his crew. YR didn’t have to look to others, others looked to them. Under JFP’s regime we see… Read more »

jonboy
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jonboy

I hear you, but……would the Bell vision attract todays viewer? Without building a new audience and, agreed, holding onto the old one, for how much longer can the show survive? What’s to say Alden & Sussman would have been as good as they were in their heydey? We jyst don’t know. Just as we don’t know that Pratt just might surprisingly be a good fit. I’m hopeful.

seattlegirl
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seattlegirl

Track record says a lot. As far as would Bill Bell’s style writing still work today. I am a big believer that if you write a character with many layers, and stay true to the character that was created that the writing grows from there. Plot driven story lines, like we have been seeing end up with characters acting out of character and are simply done for shock and awe. The rewards are only temporary, not long term. I would use Downton Abbey as an example of what good story telling is. Why would all age demographics be interested in… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

It’s what separated and CONTINUES to separate this show from other soaps. Four distinctly different soaps..too bad one network can’t pick them all up because this is going to become the BIG EVENT drama and NOT character driven drama…

richard
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richard

Kay Alden knew BB’s vision and should be writing for the show!!! She was with the show when it was good, in the 90s!!!! Where is Ed Scott?? Uggh!!!!

Harry
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Harry

I love what Seatlegirl wrote and I concur! If you build it, he will come–if you build a good character, the good stories will come.

Shoeless Joe Jackson told me so.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

Unfortunately I think the wrong vision is beyond JFP; I think Sony clearly has no idea what made the show so successful for so many years and/or how to replicate it (or come as close as possible given that Bill Bell is no longer with us). JFP is most likely the wrong EP for this show (and Pratt is definitely the wrong headwriter), and that’s problem 2. Problem 1 is that Sony doesn’t seem to see that and keeps hiring the wrong people to steer the show.

boes
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boes

Good things are coming? Like cancellation, is that what they mean?

Just ask AMC about all the “good things” Pratt brought to that show.

God help us all is right.

clh
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clh

Doesn’t really matter who’s writing. JFP has already run off most of the really good talent.The show will never be the same and I can’t think of anything changing to make me return to the show. Even if she left now the show has been destroyed.

Brenda
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Brenda

Totally agree. Phelps has put Y&R into a final tailspin that will eventually lead to its demise. She wrecked the cast and now Pratt will finish the job. Bill Bell is now a pretzel in his grave. So sad, but once you wreck a show like this, there’s no turning back. It’s only a matter of time now.

TorontoTom
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TorontoTom

Can’t be any worse than the last year or so. Been watching Y&R since 1981 and the show is at an all time low. Terrible writing, waste-of-time plots, unrealistic characters – the show needs a shake-up for sure. Hope this move helps but, really, until JFP is gone I’m not holding my breath.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

“Can’t be any worse than the last year or so” is exactly what I said when MAB was fired and JFP was brought in as the new EP… look how that turned out.

Chuck Pratt is completely wrong for Y&R. I’m not saying Jean Passanante was the right choice, but I would take her over Pratt, and that’s saying a lot. Yes, she killed ATWT, but Pratt relentlessly hacked AMC to the bitter core. Is that what I want to see happen on Y&R? No, thank you.

Try again, Sony. And make a logical decision this time, please.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Jimmy,

Dude…I’m sorry but I don’t think that Sony is capable of making a-n-y logical decision as long as JFP is s-t-i-l-l in the picture. And n-o-w that Chuck Pratt is in the picture, it’s only gonna get W-O-R-S-E!!!!! David said it PERFECTLY…GOD HELP US ALL!!!!!

richard
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richard

I think he’s a better suited writer for primetime. When he wrote for Melrose Place, it was really good. But MP was a primetime soap and very over-the-top. He was a complete disaster on AMC. My only hope is that he doesn’t do anymore of a hatchet job on the character of Sharon Newman. Only by the grace of Sharon Case have fans stuck by this character, while she is beat up by everyone in GC. Making Summer Nick’s bio child was a mistake. Jack deserved a daughter. And how long is EB gonna “run the show”?? His ego needs… Read more »

Jimmy
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Jimmy

RE: Eric Braeden. I was telling my mother the other day about Michael Muhney and Eric Braeden getting into arguments on-set, and that being one of the contributing factors to MM’s firing last year, and she said “Who hasn’t Eric Braeden gotten into a fight with? He’s Victor Newman! His ego is so big it revolves around the sun and has its own gravitational pull.” So yes, he needs to be contained. RE: Sharon. Good lord, if Pratt destroys her character even more, I will be livid. It was horrendous when she took over Newman Enterprises and even worse when… Read more »

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Jimmy…dude…I agree with both you and your mom!!!!! And…I can only imagine how that POMPOUS AND ARROGANT Eric Braeden treats his own family in real life. Truly sad.

Nikki
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Nikki

I couldn’t agree more. That whole Newman clan needs to be brought to justice. E.B. should have been put away when he covered for Adam’s hit & run. They also need to get rid of the dead-wood few to nobody likes (Avery-the cookie maker)(Summer can’t act except to pout and she on too often)(Dillan needs a hobby besides pouring coffee & please find something for Lily to do besides stick her nose into her brothers life. I use to push mute for Summer & the Newmans now it’s for Victor, Avery& Summer and with the air time Summer gets that’s… Read more »

richard
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richard

They could fire Avery and I wouldn’t bat an eyelash. I AM hopeful, that with Amy coming back, and this Joe Clark, that they will revisit the Matt Clark story and Nick will come to his senses and protect Sharon and reunite them. I cannot and refuse to sit through another regime that refuses to restore Sharon to her former glory. I don’t see why the writers/producers don’t like her. They need to bring back Ed Scott, and Kay Alden, ppl who worked under Bell in the 90s. And for god sakes, give Sharon a female friend, resurrect Drucilla!!! Drucilla… Read more »

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

Maybe it’s too soon, but I find it interesting that they’re not saying too much in the way of specifics about what he’s going to “bring” to the show. Much fanfare but very little real information about how he’s going to make Y&R better, more interesting, etc.

Mo
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Mo

Really? I’ll wait to believe it.

Timmm
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Timmm

Although Y&R has been on the upswing, sometimes change is good. Beware though, Chuck and Jill wreaked havoc over at GH!

Jimmy
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Jimmy

And Chuck systematically destroyed AMC, and it seems like that’s what Jill is trying to do to Y&R now.

su0000
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su0000

Y&R could not get any deader than it is .. When watching; I see a person not Phyllis having anger problems.. I see a guy named Billy who has no personality defining him and is lackluster. I will see an Adam who will be huge disappointment, that is a given I see a Kelly that turned from mysterious and intriguing into a ton of sugar I see Lily and Cane with no purpose other than to constantly grope each other I see Neil acting like a horney old duffer with a woman he once took as a daughter and knocking… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

It seems like he is where he is so when they have had enough of Jill, Chucky gets the EP job.

Derrick
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Derrick

I don’t care about the other soaps (with exception of B&B and DAYS), I care about Y&R. I will give him a chance to see what he brings to the show!

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Charles Pratt is the completely wrong person for Y&R. He is not who Y&R needs right now, just like JFP was wrong from the start. But, because MAB was so bad in her final year in charge, I was willing to give Jill a chance and hope for the best. I simply can’t hope for the best with Pratt. After his butcher job of AMC, turning it into a plot-driven mess of a show, I can’t see a bright future ahead for Y&R with him on-board now. Yes, I think a change was needed. Jean Passanante was a terrible hire,… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

I am happy Pratt was brought in..
Y&R has been terribly boring and and broke all soap records for long, over year long, boring stories,,
I actually nood out watching, at times..

I hope Pratt turns Y&R inside out and gets things interesting and for god’s sake moving!!

Pratt might even throw in a murder or two; I hope he kills off Sharon..
The Sharon character is long past its’ time..
Good thing about Pratt– he won’t hesitate to kill of a star for a good story / either would JFP..

Welcome to Y&R Chuck Pratt .. !!! 🙂

Nikki
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Nikki

I would love to see Sharon with Dylan. I think that would be such a slap in the face to that snotty nose Nick as well as Nikki who walks around with her nose in the air while being a drunk & ex stripper.

richard
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richard

Sharon would sizzle with Dylan more than Avery does, but then of course, Nikki would demonize her and call her a slut for sleeping with her son. This from a woman who has slept with half of Genoa City( Paul, Victor, Jack, Brad, the list goes on. Uggh.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Su0000..knock it off…we’re really concerned about the trajectory this show is heading in and not trying to inflame people just because…

Johnny
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Johnny

Su….not all of us like violence and misoginy and psychopaths. I often wonder what has happened in your life that makes you such a champion and a cheerleader of such disturbing themes in your “entertainment” choices. You repeatedly insult people on here, telling them its “only a soap” but if anyone dares to insult your precious beloved General Hospital, you go ballistic. It is as if you feel personally responsible to post on here, every day, several times a day, about uow fantastic and wonderful and glorious GH is, and people who dont like it are stupid, and those who… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

@ Oh Jonny be still my heart I think I am in love your post said it all. :}

k/kay
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k/kay

Oops Johnny !

Rob
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Rob

This show will never recover from JFP, let alone Pratt.

The cast has been decimated, the real actors are gone.

Gina Tognoni is the only good thing to happen to this show in the past couple of years.

Im definitely willing to give NuAdam a chance, Hartley showed he can do dark pretty convincingly on Revenge.

su0000
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su0000

right..
Hartley was a stint on Revenge, he can be dark to a point, he is handsome..
but-
All that does not qualify him to be a good Adam ..

All actors can play dark etc, but for any of them to be a good Adam, nawww not gonna happen ..

Brenda
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Brenda

Harley is no Michael Muhney. Muhney defined Adam Newman and gave him a multi-layered personality that fans adored. Just because this stud muffin played “bad” on REVENGE, doesn’t mean he’s Adam Newman. This guy will never fill the role Muhney created with his own talent.

Jay Keaveny
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Jay Keaveny

The sound of no hands clapping.

Joe
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Joe

Absolutely right. Right now when I see that Lucky Gold has a hand in writing on Y&R now, I cringe and remember everything wrong he did at Guiding Light. None of the names I’m seeing in the writing credits give me any faith that Y&R will recover. It saddens me, because this does NOT have to happen.

su0000
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su0000

Pratt did very well when he was with GH..
perhaps GH fit his visions/style of writing..

Y&R is circling the drain, and Pratt is its’ hope..
He is most likely the one that can turn Y&R and take it out of the 80’s ..

I am cheering Pratt on!!! ……… GO PRATT..!!!!
( kill off sharon 😉

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

OMG!!!! Y&R needs all the creative help it can get. The storylines are all over the place. Nothing is making any since and the characters are just talking heads, reading the words that was written for them and nothing more. Y&R has no since of direction, and that is what is missing from today’s Y&R.

Alan
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Alan

Just when you think things can’t get any worse…

Ghlover
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Ghlover

I feel so sad you Y&r ;(
At least you have agreat new Adam guys, trust me. He was wonderful on Passions. I think the only story that would be worth watching is who killed Victor Newman. That could make the show hot again

Zelda
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Zelda

The reigns of Y&R have just been taken over by the captain of the Hindenberg. The destruction of this show will be spectacular! Burn baby burn!

Jared
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Jared

Y&R is like the NE Patriots or Dallas Cowboys, a historically successful franchise everyone is gunning for. The remarks are all over the map here from the die-hard fans to the ones still stuck in the 80’s when GH enjoyed a short time at #1. I bet if they had the internet in 1990 and there were message boards like this, people would have been griping then, or maybe not, since those were a lot less hateful times. Anyway, I’ve been watching Y&R since the 70’s, when I watched with my parents and grandparents while I was just a little… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Jared, excellent commentary and very informative! Thank you!

Johnny
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Johnny

In the last few months this show has been surprisingly good! Stories have been interconnected, episodes move with pace and purpose, and a lot of the newbies have been written in very well. Josh Griffith’s writing was mind numbing and pointless. I have a few quibbles…all of the Abbott siblings have lost daughters…Ashley, Traci, and Billy. Summer should have remained Jack’s, especially now that Mariah is Sharon’s. I hope the new regime rectifies that mistake and makes the paternity switch a figment of Sharon’s imagination. And the unabated Sharon bashing is disgusting and painful to watch. She was mentally ill!… Read more »

Brett
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Brett

He’s clueless when it comes to soaps, he and JFP are a combination from hell!

Nikki
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Nikki

I think they need to bring back Ed Scott although he’s with B & B now he could turn this thing around. They need real stories again & stop using Sharon as a football for the Newman’s. How about Nikki with Paul? How about both Billy & Stitch telling Victoria to get lost wouldn’t that be a shock to the family (Nobody wants their darling daughter who has either been married or slept with half the town (like her mother) How about Kevin with Mariah (let’s see how Cho handles that when she comes back to town) How about sending… Read more »

Mark
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Mark

Sad day in genoa city

Simple Whore
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Simple Whore

R.I.P Y&R.

PatF
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PatF

People need to stop with the doom and gloom. CBS will never let this show be canceled over a head writer. Everyone thought that Jean and Shelley were going to run the show into the ground as well and looking at the ratings we know that has not happened. I’ll give the guy a chance because if the ratings do start to suffer, like the three head writers previous to him in the past two years, he’ll be out the door. Hopefully Phelps will go with him this time. Let’s see if he’s learned anything from his last soap stint.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

If All My Children is any indication, Chuck Pratt will send Y&R to hell in a handbasket or, at the very least, in a cyclone to the heavens!

Brenda
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Brenda

The first natural disaster will happen in May sweeps. Just you wait. The body count will be high.

RLeternal
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RLeternal

I want to start watching Y & R from Jan 1, 2015. If this soap has been # 1 for more than 25 years; there must be at least something that is right about the people creating, writing and running the show.

wolfy
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wolfy

What I’d like is for a head writer that isn’t afraid to make the women on the show strong again. I can’t take much more of the whiny, sniffly ways of such as Kelly, Victoria, Lily (gads, kill me now!), Summer, Avery, Sharon, and the list goes on … who are all leaning on the men and depending upon them to save them, love them, take care of them, do for them, be there for them, all that sappy stuff that these women do with the wringing of hands, tears, shaky voices and (with Kelly) a little girl lisp that… Read more »

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2023 CRITICS CHOICE TV NOMINATIONS: Sterling K. Brown, Mandy Moore, Murray Bartlett, Amanda Seyfried, Renée Elise Goldsberry Score Nods

TV nominees for the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards were announced on Tuesday, which featured nominations for This Is Us favorites in their final season, Sterling K. Brown and Mandy Moore, plus soap opera alums, Murray Bartlett (ex-Cyrus, GL). Amanda Seyfried (ex-Joni, AMC ex-Lucy, ATWT) and Renée Elise Goldsberry (ex-Evangeline, OLTL).

ABC’s Abbott Elementary led all the nominations with six, followed by AMC’s Better Call Saul with five nods.  The Talk Show category featured nominations for daytime favorite, The Kelly Clarkson Show.

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The awards will be handed out in ceremony that will air live on Sunday, January 15th at 7pm ET/6 pm CT on The CW.  The second part of the nominations for the Critics Choice in films will be revealed on December 14th.

Check out the just announced TV categories featuring the aforementioned nominees below:

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jeff Bridges, The Old Man
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Diego Luna, Andor
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Adam Scott, Severance
Antony Starr, The Boys

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Christine Baranski, The Good Fight
Sharon Horgan, Bad Sisters
Laura Linney, Ozark
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Kelly Reilly, Yellowstone
Zendaya, Euphoria

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary
Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant
Renée Elise Goldsberry, Girls5eva
Devery Jacobs, Reservation Dogs
Jean Smart, Hacks

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BEST ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Julia Garner, Inventing Anna
Lily James, Pam & Tommy
Amber Midthunder, Prey
Julia Roberts, Gaslit
Michelle Pfeiffer, The First Lady
Amanda Seyfried, The Dropout

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Murray Bartlett, Welcome to Chippendales
Domhnall Gleeson, The Patient
Matthew Goode, The Offer
Paul Walter Hauser, Black Bird
Ray Liotta, Black Bird
Shea Whigham, Gaslit

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BEST TALK SHOW
The Amber Ruffin Show (Peacock)
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The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBC)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC)
Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen (Bravo)

Check out the full TV nominations here

What do you think about the TV nominations for the 2023 Critics Choice Awards? Happy to see some of your favorites from This Is Us, and those who started in daytime and went on to success in primetime received recognition? Comment below.

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Over the last 24 hours, friends, colleagues and former co-star have paid tribute to Kirstie Alley, the former Cheers and Veronica Closet star, who passed away at age 71.

On Tuesday, a rep for Kirstie Alley confirmed to PEOPLE.com that the actress died from complications from Colon Cancer.

Alley rose to fame in 1987 as Rebecca Howe on NBC’s Cheers. For that tole she earned a Golden Globe for Best Actress and an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy series in1991. In 1994, she received her second Emmy win for her portrayal of Sally Goodson in David’s Mother.

Some of her other roles included: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Summer School (1987), Look Who’s Talking (1989), It Takes Two (1995) and Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999).

Alley also starred on in other TV sitcoms such as: Veronica’s ClosetFat ActressKirstie and Scream Queens.  She later appeared on two reality series: A&E’s Kirstie Alley’s Big Life and was a celebrity competitor on season 12 of Dancing with the Stars.

Alley’s children, True and Lillie broke the news of their mother’s death via an Instagram post: “To all our friends, far and wide around the world. We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered. She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength, leaving us with a certainty of her never-ending joy of living and whatever adventures lie ahead. As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother. We are grateful to the incredible team of doctors and nurses at the Moffitt Cancer Center for their care. Our mother’s zest and passion for life, her children, grandchildren and her many animals, not to mention her eternal joy of creating, were unparalleled and leave us inspired to live life to the fullest just as she did. We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time.”

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Kirstie’s controversial relationship with Scientology had been much talked about in the press and through her years in Hollywood.  The late actress shared in the past that through Scientology, it gave her the strength to climb out of her drug addiction and depression. In her 2012 memoir, The Art of Men, she noted that she stumbled upon Scientology at a very dark period in her life; that for 26 days, she drove from Kansas to Newport Beach, California, to visit a Scientology center, stopping periodically along the way to buy drugs.  After, she said Scientology helped her kicked her addition, Kirstie then became a devotee and spent decades publicly defending the church and building friendships within it, but later in life, she found some of those relationships fracture such as with Leah Ramini.

Below are some remembrances from stars from daytime, primetime, and motion pictures that offered up their sentiments on Alley’s sudden passing:

Greg Vaughan (Eric, DAYS): “I am beyond thankful to have had the pleasure to embrace your love, laughter & kindness!!! All my love & prayers”

Finola Hughes (Anna, GH): “#rip #kirstialley one of a kind”

Maksim Chmerkovskiy (DWTS) “My dearest Kirstie, We haven’t spoken lately and I’ll tell you everything when I finally see you, but for now I want to say that I love you very much and I wish you the most peaceful rest. You were one of the most unique people I have ever met and easily one of the brightest moments of my personal and professional life.  Some of our relationship is heavily documented. Most of it is known to select few. All of it was like a wild rollercoaster. From Maude to DJ Lil Buttercup you were always all in for life. As I’m typing this, memories of our time together rush to my head, I remember how absolutely wild you were and I start to tear up. Something you’d absolutely hate. And now I can’t help but smile because I remembered exactly what you wanted me to say at your funeral. Don’t think I can do it here… I thought you’d be around forever.  I wish we spoke often. Thank you for everything. I love you Kirstie Alley”

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Ted Danson (ex-Cheers, ex-Mr. Mayor, ex-AW):  “I was on a plane today and did something I rarely do. “I watched an old episode of Cheers.  It was the episode where Tom Berenger proposes to Kirstie, who keeps saying no, even though she desperately wants to say yes. Kirstie was truly brilliant in it. Her ability to play a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown was both moving and hysterically funny,  She made me laugh 30 years ago when she shot that scene, and she made me laugh today just as hard. As I got off the plane, I heard that Kirstie had died. I am so sad and so grateful for all the times she made me laugh. I send my love to her children. As they well know, their mother had a heart of gold. I will miss her.”

Kelsey Grammar (ex-Cheers): “I always believed grief for a public figure is a private matter, but I will say I loved her.”

Rhea Perlman (ex-Cheers): “Kirstie was a unique and wonderful person and friend. Her joy of being was boundless. We became friends almost instantly when she joined the cast of Cheers. She loved kids and my kids loved her too. We had sleepovers at her house, with treasure hunts that she created.  She had massive Halloween and Easter parties, and invited the entire crew of the show, and their families. She wanted everyone to feel included. She loved her children deeply. I’ve never met anyone remotely like her. I feel so thankful to have known her. I’m going to miss her very, very much.”

John Travolta: “Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had.  I love you Kirstie. I know we will see each other again.”

Jamie Lee Curtis: “I’ve just heard the sad news that Kirstie Alley has died. She was a great comic foil in Scream Queens and a beautiful mama bear in her very real life. She helped me buy onesies for my family that year for Christmas. We agreed to disagree about some things but had a mutual respect and connection. Sad news.”

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Harrison Wagner, Son of GH’s Kristina Wagner and Jack Wagner, Cause of Death Determined

General Hospital’s Kristina Wagner (Felicia) and former GH and B&B star Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco, ex-Nick) have been mourning the loss of their beloved son, Harrison Wagner, since he passed away this past June at the age of 27.

Harrison was found in a parking lot and his cause of death was initially deferred.  Now, according to a report from PEOPLE.com, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner officials have updated Harrison’s death as an “accident,” with Fentanyl and Alprazolam (the generic name for Xanax) as the official cause.

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Following his passing, Kristina and Jack created the Harrison Wagner Scholarship Fund to assist other young men who battle addiction to be able to afford getting into a recovery community.

Just a few days ago on December 1st, Kristina remembered her son on what would have been his 28th birthday with a touching Instagram post. It included a video clip of Harrison dancing along with the words: “Sometimes I feel like a pinned butterfly. There’s no second chance. There’s no see-him-again. There’s no nothing. He’s not coming back. It’s final. But life goes on. How do I spend the rest of my own without Harrison in it? What does it mean to be ‘all right’ after the death of your child, your blood? The pain will never go away. Today is Harrison’s birthdate. I had the privilege to know him for 27 incredible years. Harrison was larger than life, but beneath his commanding presence was vulnerability and compassion. He understood his own defects and worked hard to turn them around, to strengthen his positive attributes. He was a good listener and stood up for others when they couldn’t speak for themselves. He is missed. Happy Birthday, Harrison. To all bereaved parents: May you find peace. Let’s stick around and see what’s in store for our extraordinary lives.”

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Jack and Kristina have two sons together, the late Harrison, and their eldest son, Peter (age 31).  The actors were previously married from 1993 to 2006.

We continue to offer our condolences to Jack, Kristina, and Peter through this difficult time, and hope that from Harrison’s passing, that the scholarship fund in his name, will help others.

Share your thoughts on the closing of the case on Harrison Wagner’s death, and send your continued condolences to Jack and Kristina via the comment section below.

The Harrison Wagner Scholarship Fund notes that if you have a loved one that is in need of help with their substance abuse, please give them call at 888-977-4549 to learn more about the recovery options available.

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