‘The Bold and the Beautiful’: How the Pandemic Has Impacted the Show’s Storytelling in a Positive Way

by Jeremy Spirogis
Scott Clifton and Annika Noelle practice social distancing while filming

As far as manufacturing in Hollywood returning to regular, the cleaning soap operas had been the primary to go again. More particularly, The Bold and the Beautiful was the very first present to restart manufacturing. In a brand new interview, head author Brad Bell talked about how the impression pandemic has had on the present’s storytelling.

Scott Clifton and Annika Noelle practice social distancing while filming 'The Bold and the Beautiful'
Scott Clifton and Annika Noelle observe social distancing whereas filming ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ | Robert Voets/CBS through Getty Images

Brad Bell’s feedback when the present was first starting to go again went viral

The Bold and the Beautiful returned to manufacturing in June security tips in place. The present needed to rethink the way in which they did intimate scenes (particularly intercourse scenes) that required actors to be shut collectively.

Bell made feedback in two interviews that unfold like wildfire. In an interview with Forbes, Bell mentioned, “We have some life-like blow-up dolls that have been sitting around here for the past 15 years, that we’ve used for various other stories — (like) when people were presumed dead. We’re dusting off the dolls and putting new wigs and make-up on them and they’ll be featured in love scenes.”

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In a second interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he additionally defined that the real-life companions of the actors will even be used after they can. “We’re also bringing in, in some cases, the husbands and wives of the actors as stand-ins for their [characters’] significant others,” he mentioned. “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. Then when we edit it together, it will look like our couple on-screen.”

Bell later acknowledged that he wasn’t anticipating his feedback on this non permanent period or romance and intimacy on tv to explode the way in which that they did.

He talks about ‘advantages’ to the ‘new normal’

According to TV Soap journal (as reported by Daytime Confidential), Bell mentioned that story-wise, the pandemic has assisted within the present’s storytelling. “Yes, I think there are advantages to our new normal now,” he mentioned. “We use a smaller crew and cast and fewer people in scenes, which allows for an intimacy that you can’t get into in group scenes. That’s part of the reason I’m very excited about our upcoming shows.” 

Because of the manufacturing restrictions, there will probably be much less group scenes, permitting the present to focus a bit extra on the interpersonal relationships that the characters have. Bell defined, “We’re playing out the intricacies and complexities of interpersonal relationships. That’s more of what soap operas have always been about. That’s not to say we won’t have [group scenes]. We have a big meeting about a remote location we’re planning to shoot in the next year. But we will have fewer group scenes in this time of COVID-19, which I think could work to our advantage.”

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However, if you happen to anticipate the pandemic or COVID-19 to be addressed within the collection, don’t maintain your breath. Bell says that they aren’t going there. “I’ve made the decision for now not to write it into the show,” he mentioned. It’s all over the place we glance after we flip our TVs. B&B will probably be a break from that, an escape, which we’ve all the time tried to offer.”

The Bold and the Beautiful airs weekdays on CBS.

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