It’s been rumored about and hinted at for months, and finally ABC has made the official announcement: Charles Pratt, Jr. is the new headwriter for All My Children. Pratt will also be a consulting producer for the soap; he will official begin his new duties on June 23, 2008.

Charles Pratt, Jr. is a former General Hospital and has also written for nighttime series such as Desperate Housewives, and Melrose Place. He also serves as one of the Santa Barbara writers. Pratt has been nominated for several Daytime Emmy Awards and won Emmy’s in 1989, 1991 and 2003.

“I am incredibly excited to welcome Chuck as headwriter of ‘All My Children.’ I look forward to his contemporary storytelling sensibility, his warmth and sense of humor enriching the entire canvas of Pine Valley,” says executive producer Julie Hanan Carruthers.

Pratt replaces former co-headwriters Barbara Esensten and James Harmon Brown. They took over the writing reigns of the show in May, 2007. Esensten and Brown were responsible for the Spike is Deaf storyline and for the return of Greenlee as well as bringing Annie’s demented brother Richie Novak to Pine Valley. welcomes Charles Pratt, Jr. to Pine Valley and we wish him all the best!