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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

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On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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  1. Jimh

    June 1, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    Soaps need to add the pandemic to its stories and show how they do it…this will help eliminated some scenes with too many characters ect..

  2. Satan

    June 1, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    While they’re at it maybe they could ask old Gavin to stop scheduling his fucking daily press conferences at 1:00 PM every day.

    There’s literally 23 hours in a day when there’s nothing on TV, and he chooses to interrupt the one program that’s still on the air (Days of Our Lives)

    Hold off until 2:00 mr Governor. I couldn’t give a cherub’s pink ass about the Nurses Ball reruns.

    • anne

      June 2, 2020 at 9:15 am

      Sorry to break this to you – Governor Newsom’s 1:00 pm news conferences are FAR MORE IMPORTANT than Days of Our Lives will ever be. Decisions made by Governor Newsom during this pandemic out weigh your selfish inability to watch Days of Our Lives at a later time.

      • Satan

        June 2, 2020 at 2:17 pm

        He’s got 23 other hours a day to work with. Let him interrupt that shitty prime time lineup that NBC has right now. Three hours of Simon Coward and a bunch of other corporate stooges pretending to promote “talent” (i.e. the next generation of lip syncing teen models “singing” bubblegum corporate crap calling itself “music”)

        • anne

          June 2, 2020 at 7:41 pm

          Earth to Satan-the pandemic is affecting the lives of millions of Americans. Days of our Lives is FICTION which has no basis in reality. Governor Newsom’s new conferences will ALWAYS take precedence over the fictional lives of the residents of the equally fictional Salem where ever. If you need help watching Days of Our Lives at a later time ask a friend for help or ask Google.

    • Patrick

      June 6, 2020 at 12:09 am

      ” thank you ” for, holding’; the DAYS of OUR Lives YES indeed that’s spill

      Men circle tingle; sensation (s) Days of OUR lives Mensation

    • Dr Helen Ruth

      June 6, 2020 at 7:14 am

      Cuomo is doing the same thing in New York, and all he does is whine and shift blame. And of course the noon news on the CBS affiliate has to have their full half hour taken out of the Y&R episode (even though they have about 5 hours of daily news over 24 hours).

      • rose

        June 6, 2020 at 4:49 pm

        I have been in Canada visiting my family since before the beginning of COVID 19. So much stuff of all sorts going on so I’ve waiting it out before going back to my home in the US. My soap network feeds come out of Buffalo so I see Cuomo’s press conferences everyday. It comes on after watching Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau. I’ve really been impressed with both of their own brands of leadership, information and “we are in this together” attitude through these terrible times…something sorely lacking out of DC.

      • Shay

        June 7, 2020 at 3:23 am

        Yes, Dr Ruth! If President Trump had not bailed out that sorry Cuomo with much-needed ventilators, the hospital ship, plus plenty of federal manpower, other medical supplies and lots of $$$$, he would even be whining and demanding more than he still is! Now if he can only think of a way to blame all those tragic nursing home deaths (due to his own disastrous policies…) on The Donald…..

        • rebecca1

          June 8, 2020 at 2:14 am

          Shay…Hahahahaha…ohhhh…still at it. Say bye-bye Trumpty Dumpty. What a sorry ass failure. Ducking for cover in his bunker and then getting peaceful protesters out of the way so he can con his Evangelical basee with his upside down Bible. Downplayong a deadly pandemic while he’s popping preventative pills. Higest number of infections in the world, most deaths in the world…the virus he said he had “contained” and will go away, one day, like magic. And NOW, after his daily rallies…ummmmm…”updates”….he wants to have a packed convention with no social distancing and no masks.
          The man is unstable. More than half the country knows it, the generals know it, Europe knows it…man’s gotta go back to The Aporentice after he’s voted out and fire himself.

        • rose

          June 8, 2020 at 6:41 am

          Shay and Dr Ruth…And thank goodness Cuomo and other governors who had to “whine” (your word, not mine) got what they needed to save lives. I think it’s any president’s duty as leadersto “bail out” (again your words, not mine)these asks

          • rose

            June 8, 2020 at 7:09 am

            Shay and Dr Ruth…Oops pushed the wrong button. As I was saying I think it’s any president’s duty as the country’s leader to “bail out’ (again your words, not mine) to follow through these asks to help save lives. I think it even better if presidents would preempt and ask the governors and others how the federal government can help instead of all of the negative backbiting. Since this is an unexpected event in most of our lifetimes, with still many unknowns, there is no playbook on how it will turn out. And Cuomo and others have offered thanks.
            Where I do agree with you is this epidemic has really shown the dirty little secrets in many nursing and retirement homes In both the US and Canada, not just NY. Besides finding a vaccine they have got to get them cleaned up with strict regulations.

  3. DMRR

    June 2, 2020 at 7:11 am

    Ugh, I can’t stand Baker, Cuomo, or Newsom.

    • anne

      June 2, 2020 at 1:44 pm

      I don’t think Baker, Cuomo or Newsom care that you can’t stand them. I don’t care what you think of these three Governors. I just know that Cuomo is doing the job that I voted him into office to do.

      • DMRR

        June 2, 2020 at 3:56 pm

        Annie, who hurt you? Mommie? Daddy? Did your husband leave your for a happier woman?

        • anne

          June 2, 2020 at 7:30 pm

          No DMRR – my husband did not leave me for a happier woman. Which reminds me, how to you like the self destruction of DJT? Now that gives me happiness

          • rebecca1

            June 8, 2020 at 2:40 am

            I, for one, anne, am LOVING it! But the narcissist is STILL tweeting his non existent heart out, deflecting and spinning the truth. That Bible upside down cake-prop with that “commanding” stance…as he tries to combat not only peaceful protesters but the ego-deflating down-in-the-bunker” hiding image would be amusing if the whole surreal situation wasn’t so hideous.
            Let’s HOPE that the electoral college is on the side of sanity this time. We know most of the voting public will be. The world (with the exceptuon of Russia) is counting on it.

        • Shay

          June 7, 2020 at 3:12 am

          @DMRR…Personally, I’ve always surmised that it’s those people who didn’t get their much-desired ponies for Christmas during disappointing childhoods who have these “issues!”

      • Jimh

        June 2, 2020 at 5:44 pm

        You must care or you wouldnt be responding…

      • Dr Helen Ruth

        June 6, 2020 at 7:15 am

        My goodness, you’re virtue signaling like crazy!

    • Dan

      June 3, 2020 at 2:11 am

      Why can you not stand those Governors, because they’re doing their jobs for the people in their states during incredibly tough circumstances?

      • rebecca1

        June 8, 2020 at 2:41 am

        Dan…what do you expect from Trumpsters?

  4. K/kay

    June 3, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Hmm so I guess looting and burning your cities is a essential item now?? Pathetic !!!

  5. Reilly

    June 4, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    Going to be interesting on how soaps work post pandemic filming. The Days writer is in a lot of trouble, he will have to do something with Ciara/Ben besides have them in bed together all the time…Lol..seriously, going to be interesting especially for the younger demographic that wants love in the afternoon. Do think the soaps have some really good pairings that have enough chemistry that you don’t need the hot heavy sex. Just have to have well written lies the’s writers..cough cough carlivati.

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Kristian Alfonso Departs Days of our Lives After 37 Years

In a bombshell announcement, Days of our Lives enduring and ever-popular star, Kristian Alfonso (Hope Williams) has decided to make her exit from the NBC daytime drama series after more than 37 years in her role.

Kristian made her debut as a teenaged Hope Williams in 1983 and quickly rose to popularity and became soap-famous; along with her on-screen romance to Bo Brady then played by Peter Reckell. Together as one of soaps most all-time popular duos and separately, Alfonso has remained one of soap opera’s most notable performers.   There were only two times throughout her time in Salem, that Kristian took breaks from the show; during one of them she starred on CBS’s Falcon Crest.

According to Deadline who broke the news; in a statement to the outlet, Alfonso shared, “I feel blessed and honored to have been invited into people’s homes for over three decades. However, it is now time for me to write my next chapter.”

And it appears its already a wrap for Alfonso, who will not be returning to the series when the show is planned to return to production in the fall and come early September.

Kristian added:  “I will not be returning to Days when it resumes production in September.  I’ve already filmed my last episode several months ago.”

In a heartfelt post on her Instagram account, the actress gave special thanks to the late Betty Corday (mother of DAYS EP Ken Corday), and of course, her millions of fans who loved her as Hope throughout her time on the soap.  You can read it in full below.


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REPORT: Days of our Lives Targets September Production Restart

Looks like Salem and Days of our Lives will be back in full-swing come September, if the target date holds true as revealed today by Deadline.

According to their sources, Corday Productions, who produces the long-running NBC daytime drama, sent out an email to cast members on Thursday notifying them of their intent to resume production come September 1st.

However for this article; reps for NBC, Corday and Sony Pictures TV declined to comment.

Days of our Lives has had enough shows banked through early October of this year, so was not pressed to get back into production amidst the coronavirus pandemic as much as CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful (which went back into production a week and half ago), and The Young and the Restless and General Hospital who are targeting a mid-July restart.

All three of the shows, except for DAYS ran out of original episodes to air, back at the end of April of this year.

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B&B’s Supervising Producer, Casey Kasprzyk Shares: “Just Finished Viewing Our First Produced Episode Since Starting Production Back Up!”

In a tweet late on Thursday, the supervising producer of The Bold and the Beautiful, Casey Kasprzyk, shared his enthusiasm at completing the first major hurdle for the soap going back into production during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Showing a viewing copy on disc of the first new episode produced for B&B in months, Casey said: “Just finished viewing our first produced episode since starting production back up! So proud of Team Bold & Beautiful. Great shows airing soon”

The disc had airshow number #8321 on it, and a question mark as to when it will make it to air.

The fact that The Bold and the Beautiful is the first daytime drama to get one new episode completed is a step forward amidst the spike in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County and the state of California.

Now soap fans will have to wait and see if General Hospital and The Young and the Restless begin their productions in the middle of July; as last projected by both series, or if there will be further delays due to the ongoing crisis for the safety of everyone involved at the shows.

So, excited to learn Casey’s news that there is a new episode of B&B on the horizon for viewers to see? Comment below.

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