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California Gov. Gavin Newsom Reveals TV & Film Production Restart June 12th; But May Not Include LA County

There was some significant signs that Hollywood and the state of California’s show business production looks to be gearing up for a restart after all TV and film production was halted a few months ago as the coronavirus pandemic hit the state, our country, and the globe.

The reopening for production may not include L.A. County, however, which is the epicenter of the state’s show business production.

According to Deadline: On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state could begin TV and film production as early as June 12th.  While the California Department of Public Health released the following guidelines:  “Music, TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdictions of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

For LA County,  on Friday, the same day the guidelines were announced they saw a slight increase in hospitalizations, which could cause delays in getting production started.  “This has been a slight increase over the last three days in the number of people hospitalized,” said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, “and we’ll need to make sure that we’re not starting to see a significant increase in the number of people requiring hospitalizations.”

Newsom has said modifications to regional guidance would be allowed so long as there are attestations at the county level that there are adequate plans in place should a rise in COVID cases be seen again.   As of May 18, when L.A. filed its attestation, the county had a stable or declining number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19.   However, there has been an uptick in cases as of Friday which could effect the production restart in Hollywood as well as the noted uptick in hospitalizations; all of which are measures in the protocol guidelines that need to be on the decline for things to move forward.

So the question remains: if there is a surge in Los Angeles in COVID-19 cases production could again be delayed getting started back up and running? So what do you think about the June 12th date for the state of California to start TV and film production? Do you hope your favorite soaps get back into production as soon as possible, or do you want to make extra sure that all your favorites will be safe and sound when they tape new episodes?

 

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Virtual “Bauer Barbecue” Coming Up Featuring Stars of Guiding Light

Now here’s an intriguing way to have the traditional Bauer Barbecue on the legendary Guiding Light! Have the barbecue virtually!

With the times we are all continually facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The 16th annual Daytime Stars and Strikes bowling and gathering event usually held back east in the tri-state area is coming to The Locher Room on You Tube.

The event raises funds and awareness for The Autism Society of America., and will livestream now on Saturday night, June 27th at 6 p. m. EST and you can watch it here.

Currently set to participate are: Grant Aleksander (ex-Phillip), Orlagh Cassidy (ex-Doris), Beth Chamberlin (ex-Beth), Crystal Chappell (ex-Olivia), Frank Dicopoulos (ex-Frank), Maureen Garrett (ex-Holly), Melissa Hayden (ex-Bridget), Morgan Englund (ex-Dylan), Amelia Marshall (ex-Gilly), Robert Newman (ex-Josh), Denise Pence (ex-Katie), Nancy St. Alban (ex-Michelle), Jennifer Roszell (ex-Eleni), Elvera Roussel (ex-Hope), Tina Sloan (ex-Lillian), Paul Anthony Stewart (ex-Danny), Krista Tesreau (ex-Mindy), Gina Tognoni (ex-Dinah), Lawrence Saint-Victor (ex-Remy; Carter, B&B), Jordi Vilasuso (ex-Tony; Rey, Y&R), Yvonna Kopacz Wright (ex-Mel), and Kim Zimmer (ex-Reva).    The event will be hosted by Alan Locher.

To make a donation during the event broadcast click here.

So will you be tuning-in to this former GL tradition now being brought to you virtually? Comment below.

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The Bold and the Beautiful to Rebroadcast First Episode Of Series

Coming up next week on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful look for some major encore presentations that long-running fans of the series will be excited to see again!

Kicking things off on Monday, June 8th, the soap will air its first episode ever! Dating back to March 23rd, 1987, here is what to look for: Viewers are introduced to Forrester Creations fashion mogul, Eric Forrester (original cast member John McCook) and his sons Ridge (then played by Ronn Moss) and Thorne (then played by Clayton Norcross) during the preview of Eric’s new couture line to the press.  Publishing mogul Bill Spencer, Sr. (Jim Storm) demands that playboy Ridge stop dating his daughter Caroline (Joanna Johnson) before he breaks her heart. Brooke (original cast member Katherine Kelly Lang) arrives home to her sister Katie (then played by Nancy Sloan) after being attacked on her way home from college.

And that’s not all that is on tap next week on B&B; check out the rest of next week’s schedule below which features other episodes from as far back as 2003:

Tuesday, June 9, 2020  Original Airdate: January 6, 2003

Eric Forrester (McCook) and Ridge Forrester (Moss) compete against one another as lead designers in an elegant fashion show set amidst the romantic and glamorous backdrop of Portofino, Italy.  As Massimo Marone (the late Joe Mascolo), Bridget (then played by Jennifer Finnegan), Sally (played by the late Darlene Conley), Darla  (Schae Harrison) watch Ridge, designing for Spectra Fashions and Eric, designing for Forrester Creations, bring their best to the “Portofino Challenge.”  Stephanie (Susan Flannery) and Clarke (Dan McVicar) emcee the event and Brooke (Lang) stuns as the showstopper arriving via boat on the Ligurian Sea.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020  Original Airdate: September 16, 2003

Brooke (Lang) antagonizes Stephanie (Flannery) about becoming Mrs. Ridge Forrester again after Ridge (Moss) puts a ring on her finger.  Stephanie (Flannery) and Sally (Conley) drink to ease their woes when Sally decides that what Stephanie needs to win Eric (McCook) back is a makeover. In a hilarious scene, a drunken Sally (Conley) gives an equally drunk Stephanie (Flannery) a hair cut while listing her workplace demands after Stephanie offers her a job at Forrester Creations.

Thursday, June 11, 2020  Original Airdate: June 4, 2010

Oliver (Zach Conroy) throws Hope (then played by Kim Matula) a special masquerade party in celebration of her high school graduation.  With all of the women dressed alike in sequined dresses and all men and women disguised with full face masks, what could possibly go wrong?  Brooke (played by Katherine Kelly Lang), in costume, chaperones the party waiting for Ridge (Moss) while he attempts to persuade Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) not to crash the party. Caught up in the beat of Daddy Yankee’s performance, Brooke and Oliver, Hope’s boyfriend, make a passionate case of mistaken identity.

Friday, June 12, 2020  Original Airdate: April 8, 2016

Wyatt (Darin Brooks) is horrified to find out that this mother Quinn (Rena Sofer) has kidnapped his brother Liam (Scott Clifton), who is suffering from amnesia and is living with him as man and wife, “Adam” and “Eve”.  Meanwhile, Bill (Don Diamont) questions Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) about Wyatt’s theory that Liam is just “trying to find himself.”  Alone in the cabin he shares with “Eve”, Liam, through a series of flashbacks, slowly regains his memory, realizing who he is, Liam Spencer, and who he has lost, Steffy.  In a moment of clarity, Liam confronts Quinn and with the help of Wyatt locks her in a closet before returning to Malibu for a bittersweet reunion with Steffy.

So, which episode next week on B&B are you looking forward to seeing the most? Let us know in the comment section below.

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