Executive Producers Tracey Thomson & Charles Pratt Jr. on Inspiration Behind ‘Secrets of Sulphur Springs’

Executive producers of Disney’s Secrets of Sulphur Springs’, Tracey Thomson and Charles Pratt talk with AfterBuzz TV about bringing the show to life, working together, and more!

A show is only as strong as the creative team and writers behind it. In Secrets of Sulphur Springs, this mystery adventure has taken viewers on a whirlwind as most of Season 1 was about discovering the mystery of what happened to Savannah. In Season 2 while we might get left with a few questions we get a lot of answers as well. 

Chae’ Jones was able to chat with Tracey Thomson and Charles Pratt Jr. during a virtual junket to talk about the upcoming season 2 of Disney Channel’s Secrets of Sulphur Springs, the inspiration behind the show, and how their years of working together makes for a great behind the scenes work environment.

This show is unlike many of Disney Channel shows that we’ve seen in the past. Save for So Weird or My Babysitter’s a Vampire. When asked what was her inspiration behind the show, Thomson said, “I think the inspiration was I wanted to do a show that reminded me of my childhood. You know movies that I  loved from my childhood. Goonies, Back to the Future. You know those kind of things that mystery adventure. Wish fulfillment but they were kind of based in reality a little bit and something fun that kids and parents can watch together.”

This isn’t the first time that Thomson and Pratt Jr. have worked together. They met and began working together on General Hospital on CBS. From there they both went to write for All My Children and The Young and the Restless which granted them each an Emmy for their writing skills. When asked how Pratt Jr. felt about reuniting and beginning this journey together he replied, “Well first met Tracey when she was an intern on General Hospital and I was one of the two head writers. I noted she was an intern sitting out at her computer in a reception area that no one ever came…I mean it was the most ridiculous place. I noticed on her computer that she was writing. She was writing stuff so I went up and introduced myself and said, you wanna be a writer? And she was a graduate student. You know it just clicked. She just moved right up the ladder from continuity to writer, to scriptwriter, outline writer and then I guess All My Children was the first time I brought her in as co-executive producer when I went over there. I’m sure glad I did. It wasn’t the friendliest atmosphere and I needed a cohort and partner. Off and on when one of us is available we call each other up and bring them over. On this one…I have a lot of primetime experience. Tracey needed that backup with single-camera and location shooting and all that. It’s been a joy. You know we almost finish each other’s sentence, right Tracey?”

“Yeah, we have a shorthand that makes plotting the show a lot easier. I know what his sensibilities are, he knows what mine are. So when we are in a room with other writers we can not almost read each other’s mind but I know if he’s gonna like an idea if he’s not gonna like an idea, ‘cause we have worked together for so long and I think that’s what helps make the show because we have the same vision for it.” Thomson added. 

What you can expect to happen during season two of Secrets of Sulphur Springs is Griffin and Harper unravel new mysteries about The Tremont, and Harper follows the real ghost back to the 1930s to learn more about her family’s deep-seated connection to the hotel. When the power source to the time machine is unintentionally taken and the portal disappears, Harper becomes trapped in the past with her great-uncle Sam and great-great-grandfather Elijah, while her great-grandmother Daisy is left to navigate the present. With help from Savannah from her new life in 1962, the friends attempt to fix the time machine and bring back the portal before it’s too late and their lives are forever changed.

To find out what year Thomson and Pratt Jr. would like to be stuck in, CLICK HERE

Season two of Secrets of Sulphur Springs will premiere on Disney Channel on Friday, January 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, with two back-to-back episodes.  The season will premiere on Disney+ on Wednesday, January 19, and will be available in its entirety.

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Chae Jones

Chae' Jones is an actress, host, and writer in Los Angeles. She currently hosts Disney News Weekly on Popcorn Talk Network.