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EP and Head Writer, Brad Bell Offers Up Plans For Close Contact Scenes & More For B&B’s Safe Return

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Modifications in the times we live are coming on how taping new episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful will look; following the news that the CBS Daytime drama becomes the first U.S. network show back in production when it resumes today on Wednesday, June 17th.

The executive producer and head writer of the series, Brad Bell spoke to The Hollywood Reporter and divulged the changes that are now in place for the safety of the actors, crews, producers and how they are going to tape love and kissing scenes which are so commonplace and entrenched in soap operas.

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Bell told THR on how he will deal with close contact, kissing scenes and even sex scenes that are such a staple of soap operas, noting: “We’ll really rely on our directors to employ all techniques. Actors will shoot eight feet apart, following all the safety standards, but use the tricks of the business. We’ll shoot one side of the couple in a romantic scene alone in the room, but looking at a spot very close to them, and then shoot the other side alone. When we edit it together, it will look like they’re nose to nose.  It will increase post-production. We’re also bringing in, in some cases, the husbands and wives of the actors as stand-ins for their characters’ significant others. 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. And we’ll probably also be using some of the classic, old-fashioned tricks of soap opera, where when things heat up, we pan to the fireplace or pan to a candle to indicate things are getting hot (laughs). All in all, I think a lot of it will be done with the eyes and the voice, and there can still be love in the air and romance on the screen from a safe distance.”

The EP and head writer also let the industry know just how he has set his production to be efficient and safe in the times that we now live,  Brad revealed that there will be plexiglass in the show’s booth and control rooms between the director, the AD, and the the technical director, and that all production people will be at least six feet apart and divided by plexiglass, as well.

Brad also shared that they will be limiting the number of people on set at any given time, and that they need to keep the actors eight feet apart at all times; which he says, will be “tricky, especially during love scenes.”

In terms of testing for COVID-19, Bell elaborated on a schedule they are adapting for everyone involved with the show: “Actors will be tested at least once a week, maybe multiple times a week. All production personnel will be tested on Mondays, and we’ll be filming Tuesday through Friday.”

The show hopes to have new episodes delivered to its loyal audience within a few weeks of taping,   Stay tuned for updates.

So, what do you think about the protocol Brad Bell had put into place for B&B’s safe return? How do you think the love and close contact scenes will play amidst the pandemic? Comment below,

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If anyone can do this, Brad Bell and his ace editing team can. He has pulled off miracles before. But, boy, this is going to be a lot of work!

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Tyra Banks Named New Host and Executive Producer of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

On the heels of the departures of Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews as hosts of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, comes word of just who the new host will be!

That gig is going to none other than former America’s Top Model host. Tyra Banks, who will also serve as the ballroom-dance competition’s executive producer for its upcoming 29th season set to air later this fall.

DWTS is watching very closely the coronavirus pandemic of just how and when they can begin production and how the show will look.

With the pick of Banks to helm the show,  ABC said that the team is planning to refresh the format, while “honoring the show America loves”.  DWTS is produced by BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm, alongside Andrew Llinares.

In a statement, Tyra Banks expressed: “I’ve been a fan of DWTS since its beginning. The fun mixed with raw emotion, seeing celebrities push past their comfort zones, the sizzling dance performances, it’s always transported me to my days of turning it up 10 notches on the catwalk. Tom has set a powerful stage, and I’m excited to continue the legacy and put on my executive producer and hosting hats.”

Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment shared: “Tom has been an integral part of the ABC family for nearly two decades, from hosting AFV to Dancing with the Stars – we are grateful for all he and Erin have done to make Dancing a success.  As we gear up for the show’s 29th season, we can’t wait to welcome Tyra Banks to our Dancing stage. Tyra is an award-winning multi-hyphenate whose fierce female prowess and influence across many industries have made an indelible mark. Her fresh take on America’s favorite dancing competition will surely bring more than a ‘Smize’ to fans everywhere.”

Valerie Bruce, general manager, LA Productions, BBC Studios, added, “Tyra Banks is an icon whose powerful presence, trademark confidence, and industry-leading achievements inspire us. We are proud to partner with ABC to welcome her as the new host of Dancing with the Stars. This represents a landmark moment in our 28 seasons producing Dancing with the Stars as we take this iconic show in a new creative direction. We offer our sincere thanks to Tom and Erin, whom we will always consider part of the Dancing with the Stars family.”

So, what do you think of Tyra as the new host and EP of Dancing with the Stars?  How will she liven up the format of the show? Comment below.

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Jai Rodriguez Named Host For Digital Drama Daytime Emmys; Loni Love To Host Children’s, Lifestyle & Animation Programming Edition

The next two Daytime Emmy ceremonies to be given out virtually this year have announced their hosts.  The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today revealed that Jai Rodriguez, producer and actor best known for Queer Eye for the Straight Guy will host the Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony honoring Digital Dramas.  That event will be live-streamed this coming Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. EDT.

In addition, The Real’s Loni Love  will host the Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony for Children’s, Lifestyle & Animation programming.  That event will be live-streamed Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. EDT.

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In a statement, Adam Sharp, President & CEO of NATAS shared: “The far-reaching consequences of the global pandemic have challenged our industry and our community in ways never before imagined, These unprecedented circumstances demanded new and exciting ways to recognize the great talents creating Daytime television. Building on the success of our Daytime Emmys telecast on CBS, we continue to applaud and acknowledge the contributions of our diverse field of incredible nominees.”

NATAS also announced today more dates for their annual awards –  the 41st Sports Emmy Awards will live-stream on Tuesday, August 11th, at 8 p.m. EDT.  Meanwhile,The 41st News & Documentary Emmy Awards will stream in mid-to-late September, followed by the 71st Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards in mid-to-late October.

Two dedicated specials will also debut in the fall of 2020: one recognizing Lifetime Achievement honorees in Daytime, Sports, News & Documentary and Technology & Engineering programming, and the other recognizing Spanish-Language nominees across the genres.

All events will be viewable on desktop, mobile, and smart TV platforms via  TheEmmys.tv.

So what do you think of the choice of hosts for the Digital Drama Daytime Emmys this Sunday, and the Children’s, Lifestyle & Animation programming edition the following weekend? Comment below.

 

 

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Rick Hearst, Sonia Satra, and Frank Beaty Scheduled For Virtual ‘Guiding Light’ Reunion

Here is a very exciting upcoming reunion for Guiding Light fans coming your way on The Locher Room You Tube channel.

Circle this Friday July 17th beginning at 3 p.m. EST/12 noon PST when former GL show publicist and host Alan Locher welcomes: Frank Beaty (Ex-Brent Lawrence / Marian Crane), Rick Hearst (Alan-Michael Spaulding) and Sonia Satra (Lucy Cooper Spaulding).

Viewers of the beloved CBS soap, know the “crazy” that Beaty brought in his role of Brent/Marian, how Hearst first won an Emmy for his work in Springfield, and how Sonia became a fan favorite as Lucy.

You can watch it here.

So excited about this GL reunion? Comment below.

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