Well, that was short lived. Just hours after resuming filming, The Bold and the Beautiful has been “paused” in order to expand its COVID-19 testing program, Variety reports. The daytime soap opera is scheduled to resume filming on Tuesday, June 23, which gives producers just a few extra days to acquire the necessary quantity of coronavirus tests.
Yesterday, The Bold and the Beautiful made headlines when it became one of the first Hollywood productions to resume filming since going on hiatus in March due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. For the past week, producers, particularly executive producer and head writer Bradley Bell, have been touting the show’s commitment to safety, and they promised that they were prepared to welcome back cast and crew. “We’ve been modifying our spaces, modifying our studio, our booth, staying up to date on what the most important health and safety protocols are. We feel we’re ready to go,” Bell told The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday. “Safety is our utmost concern and will be as we return to production.”
At the very least, Bell is true to his word: on Wednesday night, Variety reported that the show underestimated its coronavirus testing capabilities and will need to halt production in order to catch up.
“We have paused very briefly to modify our testing protocol to better accommodate the large volume of testing needed,” said a spokesperson for the soap’s producer, Bell-Phillip Television. “Safety remains our top priority as we continue to move forward with the production of The Bold and the Beautiful. B&B filmed with cast and crew today and it was a successful first day back at work.”
Frequent testing is just one of the many safety precautions The Bold and the Beautiful has put into place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Actors will remain a safe distance on set (“eight feet,” said Bell) and close-contact scenes have been rethought across the board. Some kissing scenes will be filmed solo and then edited together to make it appear that the actors are actually intimate, while others will utilize the actors’ real-life spouses as stand-ins.
But by far the most interesting coronavirus-related precaution is The Bold and the Beautiful‘s use of blow-up dolls for sex scenes. “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,” Bell told Forbes this week. “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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