Why ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ Production Is Delayed Again
The Bold and the Beautiful planned to resume filming on June 23. The soap shut down in March, along with the rest of Hollywood, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). While encore performances continue airing on CBS, fans await the first batch of new episodes. Unfortunately, production came to a screeching halt — again. What happened?
Why production for ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ shut down — again
Fans of The Bold and the Beautiful have likely been counting down the days until production resumes. As the first daytime soap opera to put a date on production, June 23 became the benchmark for which others would follow.
However, Bell-Phillip Television issued a statement saying production was delayed again due to “several false positive” test results via the TV City testing lab.
According to Variety, a spokesperson for the network said B&B has “not had, nor do we have, any positive COVID-19 cases.” The statement added that the Health Department “had some additional questions about the lab TV City provided.”
The spokesperson clarified that the show has not been “shut down” for an undetermined length of time. They simply needed a day or so to get the correct testing information. This includes changing labs.
How the delay affects the scheduling of new episodes
With only a one-day delay, it’s unlikely the events will cause any long-lasting scheduling concerns for cast, crew, and viewers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, restrictions lifted on June 12. Filming began June 17 with production set at 4 days per week.
Cast and crew will get tested every Monday and they will film Tuesday through Friday. However, one day of filming proved challenging already. The sheer volume of testing was more than producers anticipated, causing further delays.
New safety measures may mean longer production days. A representative previously said the show would follow “all protocols set forth by the State, City, Television City, and the various guilds.”
Some of those measures include “frequent testing, staggered call times, and shorter working days to limit the number of people on set, and the requirement for those on set to wear masks with the exclusion of actors when they are filming.”
Executive producer, Bradley Bell, told THR the B&B stars will stay eight feet apart when filming scenes. The show will also use “visual effects and other tricks” to make everyone appear closer than they are.
“We’re also bringing in, in some cases, the husbands and wives of the actors as stand-ins for their [characters’] significant others,” Bell said. “So if you see hands touching faces in close proximity from a wide shot, instead of a stunt double we’ll have a love-scene double, where it will be the husband or the wife doing the actual touching.”
The show, Bell added, could be a “test case” as an example for other productions to follow (or not).
‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ Emmy nominees
While The Bold and the Beautiful fans gear up for new episodes, The 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards announced nominees. B&B has a few familiar names on the list.
Thorsten Kaye, Katherine Kelly Lang, Heather Tom, and Annika Noelle are all nominated in various categories. The series is nominated for Outstanding Drama Series. Others in the category include The Young and the Restless, General Hospital, and Days of Our Lives.
The two-hour virtual ceremony will be hosted by The Talk‘s Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Eve, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Marie Osmond. The Daytime Emmy Awards airs Friday, June 26 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
The Bold and the Beautiful airs weekdays on CBS.