Major news this morning from TV Line has that Y&R’s head writer and executive producer Chuck Pratt Jr. has been has been named the new showrunner and executive producer of the upcoming Fox series, Star from Empire creator Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy.
Pratt’s announcement comes on the heels of producer Charles Murray parting ways over creative differences and direction of the new Fox sudsy drama.
In the TV Line item on Tuesday, they refer to Pratt as the “former” head writer of Y&R, which means from all accounts a major change is afoot at the number one soap daytime drama.
Chuck Pratt’s new show, Star follows three young women (Ryan Destiny, Jude Demorest and Brittany O’Grady) who form a musical group and experience the music business’ highs and lows on their road to fame. The cast also includes Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt and Nicholas Gonzalez. The new series is set to premiere in early 2017, Wednesdays at 9/8c.
This is not Pratt’s first foray into primetime, having helmed or written, The Lying Game, Desperate Housewives, Melrose Place and Ugly Betty, as well as daytime’s All My Children, General Hospital and Santa Barbara.
So, what do you think of the news of Chuck Pratt Jr. helming the new Fox series Star? Who do you think will be the new head writer of Y&R? Share your thoughts on this developing story in the comment section below!