‘The Bold and The Beautiful’ is the first US show to go back into production

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Aaaaand, we’re back. The US is slowly (or not-so-slowly in some cases) reopening to get America back in business. One industry that everyone is watching careful is Hollywood. Starting today, the cameras are officially rolling with the first series to go back into production being the CBS soap opera, The Bold and The Beautiful. But they aren’t rushing back to the way things were, fortunately. Those involved have already been tested, precautions are in place and they will even have a COVID coordinator on set to monitor safety. From the sound of this Deadline article, this is a test project to see how filming will go and as yet, there is no actual air date for what’s being filmed.

CBS’ The Bold And The Beautiful is the first U.S. broadcast series — and possibly the first scripted series on American soil– to return to production on stage. The daytime drama will resume filming its current season on Wednesday, June 17, at Television City in Los Angeles. There is no airdate set yet but the hope is for the half-hour soap to return to originals in early-to-mid July.

The Bold and the Beautiful, which was recently renewed through 2022, began official pre-production today. However, its producers at Bell-Phillip Television, who had been hopeful for a June production restart, started to plan a return since the series shut down in mid-March with the cast, crew and staff’s health as main priority.

The show’s filming will follow COVID-19 safety protocols set by LA County, the City of Los Angeles and Television City’s owner Hackman Capital Partners, and its resumption became possible after the producers reached agreements with the Hollywood guilds.

The cast and the crew were tested for the coronavirus today, with regular testing a key part of the new protocol. Everyone will work shorter days with staggered call times and smaller amount of cast on set at one time. To accommodate that, some of the scripts that had been already in the can were reworked.

Additionally, The Bold and the Beautiful has hired a COVID-19 coordinator who will be on set at all times, insuring that the production follows the safety guidelines. I hear all cast and crew members will be required to wear masks at all times except for actors when they are filming a scene.

[From Deadline]

I’m kind of bummed that the precautions don’t include those giant plexiglass shields store checkouts use in between the actors, that would get me to watch anything. It does sound like they have done everything they can to ensure the safety of the folks on set. A lot of re-entry into a post-quarantine world will be trial and error, unfortunately, and much of that has to do with everything we don’t know about the virus. I find it funny that the first US production back is a soap because I keep hearing Reese Witherspoon wondering aloud how will they handle kissing? Are we looking at sexless soaps? *Cue narrator* tune in tomorrow to find out.

So as mother-in-laws everywhere cry out “My stories!”, the rest of us are eyeing the big screens. The first film slated is the next installment of the blockbuster franchise, Jurassic World: Dominion, set to start filming in the UK in July. The film was four weeks into production when it was shut down in March. Universal said it’s not only been working with film councils and unions to make sure they meet safety requirements, but they’ve spent $5M on additional safety protocols, including testing for everyone involved. You can read the full list of the protocols in place for JW, here. Some celebrities, like Bradley Whitford, think it’s too soon, but fans seem generally excited that films are going back into production. I don’t know. I am just as eager as anyone to go see a film on the big screen, but having seen my first COVID patient in the hospital (via Zoom) I am absolutely willing to wait on everything so that no other person ever has to endure that fate.

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  1. Eleonor says:

    My mum is going to be happy!

  2. Becks1 says:

    I actually think soap operas are probably one of the easier things to get back to, although logistically it may be harder (in terms of schedule etc.) The stories are often so compartmentalized that it seems they could spend a week working on X story, so you only have those 5 actors on set for a week (which would also keep down on the hair and make up people they need, etc) and then you spend a weekend doing a deep clean and switching everything out and bring in a different set of actors, etc. There usually aren’t big crowd scenes.

    Of course I have no clue how soaps were filmed before, so it maybe they already did that. I know they filmed in chunks that obviously didn’t correlate directly to how it was aired, but I did get the impression that there were a few different storylines being filmed in the course of a day.

  3. SJR says:

    If Y&R goes into production and Eric Braeden gets sick, that will be the end of that show.
    He has been on it forever.

    I agree that I a planning my own Stay.At.Home rules.
    Not yet, not yet. I was at local grocery store yesterday, Employees are still masked/gloved, lots of customers were not, and nobody was even pretending to stay 6′ apart, except me.

    • Eleonor says:

      The “normal life back” is weird.
      Here we were freed on 11th May, but I still live a sort of quarantined life: I go out more often for a walk, but it was only yesterday I went out for a beer in ages and let me tell you: IT IS SHOCKING, seeing all those people outside, or being the only one wearing a mask…in the meantime I read in China they have new cases (about 137) of Covid.
      It’s not over.

    • Becks1 says:

      Agree that the “normal life” is weird. in my state we started reopening about a month ago and our hospitalizations are the lowest they’ve ever been, soooo I guess its going okay? I was really worried about it but we had a phased reopening (not as phased as I would have liked, but whatever) and our hospitalizations are declining, so it seems to have worked. but I see all these other states that are spiking and wonder if that will happen here.

      but its weird because the more we return to normal life even in phases, the more I want to get fully back to normal life. I was okay in full quarantine, I’m antsy now that I can do a lot of things but not everything, so I need to constantly remind myself that we are still in a pandemic.

      • Esmom says:

        That’s great that you are able to remind and restrain yourself. If only more people would do the same. It is a strange time, with some people still trying hard to be as safe as possible and others just not giving a f***.

  4. Darla says:

    I think I read that they are going to use the actors’ spouses as stand ins for love scenes. One of the soap bloggers tweeted about it yesterday on soap twitter. Yeah, that’s right, soap twitter! Don’t be jealous girls, I’m just tuned into the zeitgeist what can I say? lol

    • Esmom says:

      Lol, who knew? I’d be tuned in to soap twitter if All My Children was still on. I still mourn my daily lunches in front of ABC.

  5. Noki says:

    OMG Brooke Logan and original Ridge was a part of my childhood.

    • Princess Caroline says:

      Yeeeeeeeees!!! Omg remember her negligee fashion shows! My mom still watches and when I saw they recast Ridge I was so sad!

  6. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Have soaps evolved at all or are they the same as they’ve always been? Like very bad cheap romance novels sold only in paperback found at checkout registers. I quit watching in the 90s, early 90s I believe because The Bold and the Beautiful was still relatively new.

  7. Dorothy says:

    I’m 46 and I’ve been watching General Hospital basically since I was born because my mom watched it. I DVR it every day and I’ve been lost with out it! Lol I can’t wait til it starts again.

  8. Esmom says:

    Sounds like they are going about resuming production as safely as possible. My office is the same, the number of new protocols is staggering, and this is only for having part of the staff come in one day a week.

    My worries are for all the orgs and companies that aren’t going to be as strict. Already one of our town’s most popular restaurants is being called out because their staff keeps blowing off wearing masks, even as the crowds get bigger.

  9. Lisa says:

    Hopefully things go well with the precautions in place.

  10. AnnaKist says:

    My friend, Joanne, is positively elated at this news.
    P.s.: That fella in the blue shirt, why don’t his arms touch his sides?

  11. KellyRyan says:

    Easy enough in scheduling for any main character to be on set only 2-3 days per week. Less production costs, easier on the actors. Many of the seasonal shows are on hiatus and won’t return to filming until August.

  12. reef says:

    Soaps are the one institution I’m sad to see go. I just really don’t see how they’re sustainable in modern times. Once the Boomers go, who will be the audience?

  13. Nicole says:

    I haven’t watched B&B for years. I hate to see them all botoxed like this.

  14. ce says:

    Look, I know for a fact that commercials have continued shooting AGAINST UNION/SAG RECCOMENDATION throughout the pandemic. Right after New York started maxing out it’s death toll, I saw a brand new DSW commercial with information about masks and social distancing. You’ve all seen them. Amazon did it, State Farm, Geico, Progressive, Verizon… The safety measures for film and TV was only released on June 1st. Two weeks ago.
    Point being, I hope everyone on this set practices safety. Because the film industry seems more interested in the bottom line right now