It’s been months since fans have seen a new episode of The Bold and the Beautiful. But the drought is finally coming to an end. Production on the long-running soap resumed on June 17. The series will return with all-new episodes before the end of July, CBS announced on July 13.
New episodes of ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ begin airing July 20
Fans can get catch up on the new drama involving the Forrester family beginning Monday, July 20. The new episodes of the 30-minute soap include two installments — July 21 and July 22 — shot before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forced a production shutdown in March 2020. The other three episodes were shot in recent weeks, with the cast and crew following safety precautions to avoid the spread of the virus.
The Bold and the Beautiful was the first scripted series in the U.S. to resume production after the pandemic shutdown earlier this year, according to NPR.
What to expect from new episodes of the CBS soap
In the July 20 return episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, Katie (Heather Tom) reveals to Carter (Lawrence Saint-Victor) how Quinn (Rena Sofer) sabotaged Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Ridge’s (Thorsten Kaye) reunion party. Zoe (Kiara Barnes) and Carter discuss her whirlwind romance with Thomas (Matthew Atkinson), including the way his manipulations and lies were exposed at their wedding. They also talk about how Hope (Annika Noelle) and Liam (Scott Clifton) were able to overcome everything and reunite. Finally, Zoe and Carter learn about Sally’s (Courtney Hope) illness and how Wyatt (Darin Brooks) and Flo (Katrina Bowden) responded when they found out.
In the rest of the week’s new episodes, Flo realizes she’s been kidnapped, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) is involved in an accident, and Wyatt demands answers from Sally. Also, Tanner Novlan joins the cast in the July 23 episode as Steffy’s doctor John “Finn” Finnegan.
‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ is shooting some scenes with mannequins
Though production has resumed on The Bold and the Beautiful, concerns about the coronavirus created some challenges. Specifically, the show needed to find a way to safely shoot the romantic scenes that are a core part of the soap’s appeal.
“At first, we took out the love scenes, and the show was falling a little flat because we’re all about romance and family interactions,” executive producer Bradly Bell told The New York Times.
The solution was to bring in some inanimate actors.
“One of the first ideas we had was to bring in mannequins for the intimate scenes and hospital scenes, and it’s working quite well — we’re shooting it from a great distance or in a way you can’t see the form is inanimate,” Bell said. The show has also hired the real-life partners of cast members for some scenes.
Acting opposite a mannequin has been strange for the cast, Bell said, but all were willing to adapt.
“We’ve had a lot of strange looks and questions,” he said. But, he added, “everyone is game.”
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