The Bold and the Beautiful is one of the longest-running and most popular soap operas in the history of television. The show has been on since 1987, resulting in a remarkable 33 consecutive seasons, and is set to continue until at least 2022. New episodes are still airing on CBS and will continue to air the future, but the show is currently on hiatus. Like many other television shows and films, there has been no shooting of new material since mid-March due to the production stoppages that are necessary because of coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions. To fill time, The Bold and the Beautiful has been airing classic episodes of fan-favorite moments throughout the soaps long history. While these throwback episodes have aired, the showrunners of The Bold and the Beautiful have devised a plan to help their actors properly social distance when shooting resumes, including a plan of action when shooting the show’s more romantic and physical scenes.
What is ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ about?
A quintessential American soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful follows the dramatic reveals, shocking twists, and passionate love stories of the show’s large cast of characters. The focus of the show is the Forrester family, who are at the top of the glamorous Los Angeles fashion scene. The show is known for its various love triangles, most notably between rivals Dr. Taylor Hayes (Hunter Tylo) and Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang) for the love of Ridge Forrester (Ronn Moss/Thorsten Kaye). A more recent love triangle includes Brooke and Hayes daughters Hope Logan (Kim Matula/Annika Noelle) and Steffy Forrester (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) who are rivals for the heart of Liam Spencer (Scott Clifton). Long-time fans of the soap are craving new episodes and stories, which they will soon receive. The show is set to return to a regular production schedule, with special precautions to protect members of the cast and crew against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
How showrunners will deal with shooting and coronavirus (COVID-19)
According to a Hollywood Reporter interview with the show’s executive producer Bradley Bell, the cast and crew of The Bold and the Beautiful are ready to safely restart production. There will be various precautions made to hopefully prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), including making modifications to sets and ensuring that performers stay at least six feet away from one another. Another solution that is needed is that of what to do when things get hot and heavy on the soap opera.
This is common for soap operas, and the producers of the show have found an effective way to safely continue shooting the more steamy scenes. Once the production of new episodes starts, the showrunners have decided that the actor’s actual romantic partners will step in for more physical scenes. Any physical touching to the face or body will be done with the husband or wife of the actor. The Bold and the Beautiful showrunners’ plan to use actual partners will allow for social distancing and is a great idea according to many fans.
Fan reactions to the showrunners plan
Most fans of The Bold and the Beautiful love the plan to have the show’s actor’s partners stand-in during love scenes. These fans say that it shows that the showrunners are taking the dangers of coronavirus (COVID-19) seriously, and are doing what they can to protect their stars. They also believe that this could be an effective way of shooting in the future that would allow for less anxiety and pressure to physically interact with someone who they are not romantically engaged with. Some fans are also interested in how this will affect various actor’s relationships, both in real life and in the show. Twitter user @DerekSteffen916 suggested that “(the show) should film behind the scenes stuff. Two soap operas for the price of one.” The show will also rely on classic soap opera indications that it is time for romance, including cutting to fireplaces and candles while sultry music plays, as well as using voice work to indicate exactly what is going on.