Another Day, Another Ridiculous Charles Pratt Interview
PREVIOUSLY on The People Who Run All My Children Should Be Muzzled In Order to Prevent Them From Giving Interviews (They Should Also Be Fired, But That Is A Story For Another Time), Charles Pratt referred to the backstage climate of his show as being similar to high school; insinuated that soon-to-debut cast member Jamie Luner is better than the people currently on the show; Julie Hanan Carruthers accused the AMC viewing population of being mental fanfiction writing crazies
IN TODAY'S INSTALLMENT: Charles Pratt talks to TV Guide's Michael Logan about why the much-hyped Bianca and Reese storyline failed so epically (spoiler: it had nothing to do with the person writing the story. The man behind the curtain is totes innocent!!!).
AMC head writer Chuck Pratt blames the mess on Riegel’s exit for pilot season.
OMFG,the same person who called his cast high schoolish is blaming an actress (A hugely popular, well-loved actress, at that) for the fact that his storyline was terrible.
“I was led to believe we had her for longer than we really did — suddenly I got word that Eden is leaving now,” he says.
I will do a dramatic re-enactment of this series of events:
CHARLES PRATT: (Writing an awesome story) I am so excited about this ground-breaking story I am writing.
TELEPHONE: (Ring, ring)
CHARLES PRATT: Hello? What?! She's leaving tomorrow? Oh no! Okay, I will do my best to wrap this up. Kissing a man and eventual blindness, here we come!
Honestly, I think this bothers me even more than any of his other interviews because of how blatantly insulting it is to the intelligence of everyone reading it. "I'll just tell them I had no clue that Eden had a short-term contract. They don't know nothing 'bout producing TV shows. They'll totally buy it!" And how was he led to believe that he had Eden for longer than they did? Who told him that? A unicorn?
(Also, let's give him the benefit of the doubt and say that, fine, maybe Bianca leaving the show truncated his allegedly awesome vision. Why the hell was the rest of the story, dating back to Bianca's first appearance in October, crap from start to finish? RIDDLE ME THAT, MOTHEREFFER)
“We got to play everything we wanted to with Bianca and Reese but not in the time we’d hoped for — in my mind, it was a two-year story,” Pratt continues.
Pratt's mind is a very scary place indeed. "Horatio The Unicorn told me that Eden Riegel and Tamara Braun signed a contract staying with the show for 36 years! I can tell all the story I want!"
“I guess I could have rushed to the wedding earlier so that they’d have had more time together as a married couple and then had them break up, but I think the fans would have been even more unsatisfied with that.”
You know what fans would be REALLY unsatisfied with? Bianca getting pregnant with her brother-in-law's kid...OH WAIT, you already made that happen and are completely unapologetic about it. And way to be all "The fans are so mean, with their feelings and their complaining". Do you think I LIKE complaining about AMC? I DON'T. It makes me cranky and tired.
What if Braun had been willing to stick with AMC? “We discussed that possibility,” Pratt notes. “But if Tamara decided to stay, keeping her on the show as an angry lesbian — with no other lesbian characters on the canvas — would be kind of insane"
Yeah, "kind of insane" is a good way to describe referring to the ugly lesbian stereotype is kind of insane...oh, is that not what he meant by "kind of insane"?
Also, saying that there are no other lesbian characters, as if it would be totally impossible to, I don't know, create one, is kind of insane. "I'm just the head writer, I don't get to do things like bring new characters on canvas! That's just crazy talk!"
"So we thought about making Reese bisexual — kind of an Anne Heche who bounces back and forth —"
Please update your list of People, Places and Things Insulted By Charles Pratt and add "bisexual people" to it. "Bounces back and forth"? And since when does Anne Heche bounce back and forth between men and women? She's had one relationship with a woman, so again, WTFever, Pratt.
Also, I thought the very notion that Reese could be bisexual was completely false and only lived in the minds of the AMC viewers who misinterpreted months of the show and thought something was going on between Zach and Reese! Now they're saying it was something they thought about? SHOCKING.
"and maybe make her an opportunistic black widow, a real bad girl. And Tamara would have been really great at that. But, ultimately, we decided to stick with the message.”
And that would be? “That love wins out. Reese and Bianca will go back to France together,” says Pratt. “They will survive as a couple.”
He is the worst.