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B&B on ET: How They Prepared To Go Back In Production To Shoot Two Episodes A Day During COVID-19

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Last night, The Bold and the Beautiful was spotlighted on Entertainment Tonight, with former GH star and now ET host. Matt Cohen (Ex-Griffin) at the helm of the segment.

B&B stars who took part in the piece were: Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy), Denise Richards (Shauna). and newcomer to the show Tanner Novlan (Finn), plus the series executive producer and head writer, Brad Bell.  You can check out their appearance on ET here.

As to the changes implemented to do the intimate scenes and keep everyone safe, Bell shared they had to rethink the way they structure scenes. Large group scenes are out for now, with most scenes involving just one or two actors.  In addition, the use of mannequins and other aids to keep sight lines consistent, and some unique tactics to keep the performers safe during intimate scenes are key.

“We’re having (the actors) act while looking at something that’s very close.  It brings their voice down, brings their eyes to the right spot. And then when you edit both sides together, you’ve got a very intimate scene.”  Brad also shared, that as previously revealed, the show is having cast members real-life spouses, partners, etc, standing in for intimate shots as opposed to their B&B co-stars.

Just how are they doing it?  The exec revealed, “We are wigging them, we’re matching wardrobe and makeup. Once in a while, if you look closely, you’ll see a sideburn is a little longer, when they get in tight on that kiss.But that may be part of the fun of watching these shows, is trying to catch us as we’re trying to pull a fast one with these romantic scenes.”

Emmy winner Jacqui Wood, shared: “It can be a little difficult at times, when you want to go to reach to touch someone.  But we are actors and you morph and you make it work” Her new on-screen love interest, Tanner Novlan who plays “Finn” who is married to former B&B actress, Kayla Ewell shared:  “We haven’t shot any (intimate) scenes yet, but it kind of works for me at home, because if I ever want to schmooze on my wife, I can just say, ‘Hey, honey, I need to rehearse with you — this is protocol!”

So, what do you think of how B&B is handling production during these unprecedented times in our country and the world?  Glad that they are back this week with new episodes? Comment below.  But first check out Tanner Novlan’s message to watch his debut today on the CBS Daytime drama.

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Matt can’t find a better backdrop? The stove is distracting, Meanwhile, Jacqui’s dog asleep in the chair is so cute!

The scene today at the hospital was a bit weird with everyone so far away from one another. I think they could have done a better job with that scene, but so far so good.

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The Young and the Restless Returns With All-New Episodes Beginning August 10th

For those who have been anxiously awaiting word on just when The Young and the Restless will resume airing all-new episodes, the wait it over!  News on Monday from the CBS Daytime drama series reveals that starting next Monday with the August 10th episode, viewers will see the storylines pick back up and the continuance of the characters they love to love, or love to hate on the iconic soap opera.

With Y&R back, that means that General Hospital, which returned today with new episodes, The Bold and the Beautiful which returned with new episodes a few weeks ago, and Days of our Lives which already had episodes in the bank before the COVID-19 pandemic and well into October, daytime viewers will finally have all their soaps back!

As for the action in Genoa City, the show shares to look for: Victor and Nikki’s family threatened by a secret, Billy and Lily navigating their new partnership with a shocking scandal brewing, Phyllis and Abby’s rivalry heating up, and Sharon’s family rallying around her during her brave battle with cancer.

Below is what to watch for on Y&R the week of Aug 10-14th.

Monday, August 10: Lily (Christel Khalil) and Billy (Jason Thompson) interview Genoa City residents as they celebrate the anniversary of Katherine’s dedication at Chancellor Park, sparking guests’ memories of the recent past.

Tuesday, August 11: Sharon (Sharon Case) struggles with her new normal following her surgery, Billy (Jason Thompson) and Lily (Christel Khalil) disagree on a potential hire for Chancellor Communications, and Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) has a bone to pick with Abby (Melissa Ordway). This episode was filmed before the pandemic shut down production.

Wednesday, August 12: Victor (Eric Braeden) and Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) put their differences aside to help Adam (Mark Grossman), Summer (Hunter King) reveals her true feelings about Nick (Joshua Morrow) and Phyllis’ (Michelle Stafford) reunion, and Amanda (Mishael Morgan) puts the brakes on her budding romance with Nate (Sean Dominic).

Thursday, August 13: Jack’s (Peter Bergman) parenting advice strikes a nerve with Victor (Eric Braeden), Adam (Mark Grossman) searches for clues to prove he didn’t commit a decades-old crime, and Esther (Kate Linder) helps Kevin (Greg Rikaart) prepare for fatherhood.

Friday, August 14: Devon (Bryton James) bonds with Amanda (Mishael Morgan), Nikki’s (Melody Thomas Scott) attempt to keep the peace in the Newman family backfires, and Jack (Peter Bergman) and Ashley (Eileen Davidson) are reminded of their family’s checkered past.

So, excited to hear Y&R is back beginning next week? What storyline are you most looking forward to seeing play out? Comment below.

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Exec Prod Frank Valentini On GH’s Return with New Episodes: “There is a Bang and a Surprise and a Twist”

Monday, General Hospital will finally be airing a new episode – the first in months due to COVID-19 – which had previously shut down production of the show.  Now with safety protocols in place, GH will become the first ABC network show back on TV with original installments.

GH’s executive producer, Frank Valentini spoke to ABC 7 Los Angeles’ entertainment guru George Pennacchio on the legacy soap opera’s return and picking up the story where things left off.

Valentini offered up for Monday’s episode: “The very first few seconds of the show, I think, will blow a lot of the audience’s mind because there’s a big surprise that we inserted in.”

Meanwhile, viewers know that their is a major custody case going on for Wiley/Jonah, and that Mike’s (Max Gail) battle with Alzheimer’s could wrap in the coming months if the story continues as it had before the shut down.

However, Valentini shared that fans have some very exciting things to look forward to on GH: “There is a bang and a surprise and a twist and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

In addition, Pennacchio reports that the GH Nurses’ Ball will return sometime in August, which usually airs in May, but didn’t, because of COVID-19 this past spring.

As to how GH will handle the love scenes, the kisses, and the intimate moments between characters which are a staple of the genre during the health crisis, Frank expressed:”Physical intimacy is limited.  We’re going to leave a lot more to the imagination.”

So, what surprises do you think are in store as previewed by Valentini when GH returns with new episodes? Comment below.

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MONDAY: Melody Thomas Scott On ‘The Talk’ To Discuss Her Memoir, ‘Always Young and Restless’

The Young and the Restless iconic Melody Thomas Scott will be virtually visiting the ladies of CBS’ The Talk this coming Monday, August 3rd (2PM ET/1PM PT).

Melody, who plays Genoa City’s one and only Nikki Newman, will be promoting the release of her upcoming memoir, Always Young and Restless: My Life On and Off America’s #1 Daytime Drama which is due out on August 18th.

Last year, the actress celebrated her 40th year on Y&R.

Now below, check out the promo for Monday’s episode of The Talk with Melody.

Then let us know, are you looking forward to reading Melody’s memoir? Comment below.

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