The Lying Game
The man who arguably put the final nail in Pine Valley's coffin, former All My Children head writer Chuck Pratt was at the TCA's to promote his ABC Family soap The Lying Game. Fancast's Sara Bibel reported on Pratt's thoughts about AMC getting the axe:
There’s always a little bit of love for every daytime show. There have been others that have gone down that I haven’t worked on. You feel for the actors and certainly the writers and producers. But also I’ve worked on plenty of primetime shows that have done 13 episodes [and gotten canceled]. They’ve had 28, 30 years. I look back and go, ‘That was a good run.
Um, does Pratt even realize AMC has been on the air for 41 years? Did he even know how long it had been on when his pal Brian Frons hired him to wreck the show? Anyway, primetime is a different animal. People go into watching a primetime series knowing it has a limited life span. READ MORE
When the news broke that Tyler Christopher was handed his pink slip at General Hospital, my immediate reaction was not one of shock. Once confirmed and the dust settled, I thought about what it all really meant for GH and the canvas surrounding Christopher’s character Nikolas Cassadine. Of course my second thought was that our own Luke Kerr was crying over one of the last Cassadines left leaving Port Charles. Is that the problem? Nikolas being our only real connection to the iconic Cassadines? With no story for the Cassadine family, is there a reason to keep the main connection to them?
I know, I know, he’s Laura Spencer’s (Genie Francis) son and what I’m about to say next may shock some of you. Should GH hold onto a character that is seemingly going nowhere based on a hope that IF Francis and ABC were to strike a deal, the onscreen mother and son could share a handful of scenes? Shocking, coming from me, who values the connections to characters' pasts, but it’s not Nikolas’ familial ties that I am struggling with. It’s the obvious lack of direction for this character and the Cassadines that seems to be plaguing the writer’s table. Yes, we still have Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) and her girls, but the longing that Sam (Kelly Monaco) fans have had for her to explore her Cassadine roots have fallen on deaf ears.
Looks like Chuck Pratt is back in bidness. On Friday, Deadline reported a series order for Pratt's mystery soap The Lying Game—based on the book by the same name from Pretty Little Liars author Sara Shepard—was "imminent". Today, General Hospital star Tyler Christopher, who is a part of the cast, tweeted the following confirmation:
Finally got the word that The Lying Game has been picked up and will start airing in the fall. Please follow it and help support!
It's hard out there for Chuck Pratt. While ABC Family has picked up three new scripted series, the former daytime scribe's project The Lying Game wasn't one of them. According to Deadline, The Lying Game, based on the novel by the same name from Pretty Little Liars author Sara Shepard, is "still in contention" as ABC Family and Alloy Entertainment (the company behind PLL, Gossip Girl, etc.) look at budget and other issues. This is the second Pratt series, with General Hospital star Tyler Christopher attached, that has seen problems heading to air in recent years. Somewhere Bob Guza is laughing his mobster-lovin' arse off.
Former As the World Turns star Alexandra Chando will be pulling double duty in the lead role on ABC Family’s new series The Lying Game, according to Deadline.
The Lying Game, from Warner Horizon and Alloy, centers on Emma (Chando), a kind-hearted foster kid who finds out she has an identical twin sister, Sutton (also played by Chando) that was adopted by wealthy parents and is seemingly living an ideal life until she goes missing and Emma goes on a quest to find her. Charles Pratt, Jr. is the writer/executive producer on the pilot based on the upcoming novel by Pretty Little Liars author Sara Shepard. Chando is with Gersh and J. Mitchell Management.
I’m ecstatic for Chando, but for her sake I hope Chuck Pratt does a better job adapting Sara Shepard’s book than he was at writing for All My Children.
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