BREAKING NEWS: Esensten and Brown OUT at "All My Children"; Pratt IN!



We told you weeks ago it was a very likely possibility, now it's official! According to Soap Opera Network, All My Children's head writing team of James Harmon Brown and Barbara Esensten have been replaced by former General Hospital scrbe Charles Pratt, Jr. Pratt's last daytime stint was as co-head writer of GH with Robert Guza. Since that time he has worked on such primetime shows as Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty. An inside source revealed to us ABC daytime head Brian Frons was unhappy with longterm projections recently submitted by Esensten and Brown for the 38-year-old sudser and had given Pratt, who along with Guza also wrote for Melrose Place, the opportunity to submit his own storylines. Apparently Pratt's vision for the show proved more to the exec's liking.


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Sounds like it will be a while before we know if AMC is still a mess. It's been watchable - at least lately, about half of the show is watchable. What does this mean for all the new talent on board?

I do think they had a casting coup with Angie's daughter. Very talented and charismatic young actress, she's going to be dynamite. No matter what you think about Frons, he's putting the network's money, prime time talent and resources together to promote his three soaps. CBS is invisible from an advertising perspective, they're embarrassed by Nuke and they're destroying GL.

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Hmm... Could this change in writers be the reason why there's been ambiguity in who Beth Ehlers is going to play with B&E wanting to go one way (Liza?) and Pratt wanting to go another way?

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oh god i hope this isnt GH 2.0 with the mafia and only revolves around one character...one could only hope that he does a better job bc ever since McTavish had control AMC had been taking a downward spiral

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I'm not sure if I should laugh or cry.

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I'll take GH 2.0 over Ring around the Ryan anyday.

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"Ring Around the Ryan"???? ROFLMAO!

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Lol, that was classic Jamey, ring around the ryan. It's said because i like Greenlee, Zach and sometimes Kendall, yet right now I'd be fine with writing them out if it meant we got rid of Ryan.

And now Mathison has a show on TLC, I must be missing something about that guy.

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I like Cameron, but Ryan should not be the center of Pine Valley. That spot belongs to Erica Kane! LOL

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your right...GH 2.0 isnt as bad as AMC all together...but i think they should still not go down the GH route...AMC needs to clean house and start hiring actual talent instead of only for looks...we will see what happensssss

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So All My Children is only 28 years old?

That's weird because I am 35 and my Mom started watching AMC when she was on maternity leave with me.

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So All My Children is only 28 years old?

That's weird because I am 35 and my Mom started watching AMC when she was on maternity leave with me.
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What would we do without eagle eyed viewers were sardonic senses of humor? LOL I meant 38, the show came on in 1970.

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I just thought maybe my Mom lied about my age or something? Smile

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That's weird because I am 35 and my Mom started watching AMC when she was on maternity leave with me.
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Don't know about that, but AMC came on 38 years ago in 1970, I typed 2 instead of 3, but the show premiered in 1970.

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LOL Cici, you and your mom need to have a conversation!

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All I know about my birth was that she "claimed" I was a month late. She took her maternity leave in May and I didn't come until June. She used to watch Ryan's Hope and All My Children.

I sure hope I am not 38, 35 is bad enough. Smile

At least most people think I pass for a twenty-something, so there is that. Ha! Ha!

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I hope that Pratt finally rectifies the "un-abortion" storyline from years ago. Reveal that Madden lied and that Erica did indeed have an abortion! And Josh is really Greg's son.

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So I'm not a GH fan, but I've been praying for a reason to return to AMC for years now. (Despite the Angie/Jessie return, the show is still too inconsistent for my liking.) But Pratt being involved in DH and Ugly Betty kind of gives me hope - so should I be happy or sad with this news?

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I would say be skeptical

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Oh my I am afraid this show will head down a bad path! We just got back Angie, Jesse and Frankie I hope they are not put on the back burner.  And like others said here, I just hope that this does not turn into GH 2.0 or I am going to have to switch networks!!!!!

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i'll pray for you amc fans. it's only a matter of time before you are mob infested, so, so sorry!

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I think I'm in the minority here, but I don't necessarily see hiring Pratt as a bad thing. I honestly believe that Pratt was what was keeping Guza from over-running the show with the mob crap. You know, like it is now. Yes, there was WAY too much emphasis put on Sonny, Carly, Jason, and the Blonde Bimbo Who Shall Not Be Named, but there was also romance, which is virtually missing from the show right now. As long as Kendall doesn't lose it and blow up an apartment building a la Melrose Place, I'm willing to give it a chance.

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With all due respect to Esensten and Brown, at least they tried to bring diversity back to AMC!  I have been loving this show seeing The Hubbards and now Greg back in Pine Valley makes me want to tune in everyday!  Trust me, I FF thru all the Ryan, Greenlee and Kendall crap! Even the Fusion stuff is boring me!   Unfortunately, Pratt was just as involved with the mob on GH as Guza was so its not like he was innocent in this.  I just hope that him working on other shows that he has gotten it out of his system. 

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ABC DAYTIME ROCKS!!!

Well what ever the outcome of Pratt joining AMC is, I just hope he can keep some things (Angie and Jessie) and revamp the other half. I hope that he can write a storyline for vets (Erica, Jack, Adam, Joe, Opal, ect) and make it enjoyable to watch.

The "Ring Around the Ryan" Remark!! Priceless LMAO!!

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Jamey and luke im thrilled that pratt is taking over as head writer for this struggling soap.Maybe he'll write erica ala amanda woodward a take no prisoners business woman.Im a huge fan of his work i know he was co head writer for gh but i think we know guza was the boss there.Hopefully he'll come up with a way to bring dixie back from the dead.Sorry but james harmon brown and babs esensten have already killed two soaps "the city" and "port charles" if they stayed any longer they would've obliterated amc.