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More Details On The Bold and the Beautiful’s Return to Production

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Late Monday night, following social media postings by a few of its cast members, more information and protocols came to light which have allowed The Bold and the Beautiful to be the first U.S. daytime drama to go back into production; following the halt in taping new episodes due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Deadline which shared details on how B&B will handle on set and taping health protocols; the move reportedly also  makes B&B the first U.S. broadcast show back in production as well in the midst of the pandemic.

The series is hopeful that by starting production this week, that it can have new episodes for its viewers by early to mid July, but no concrete date has yet to be revealed.

Here is what we know:

*The series will go back into production tomorrow on Wednesday. June 17th.

*The cast and the crew were tested for the coronavirus on Monday, with regular testing a key part of the new protocol.

*Everyone will work shorter days with staggered call times and smaller amount of cast on set at one time. To accommodate that, some of the scripts that had been already in the can were reworked.

*The Bold and the Beautiful has hired a COVID-19 coordinator who will be on set at all times, insuring that the production follows the safety guidelines.

*And reportedly, all cast and crew members will be required to wear masks at all times except for actors when they are filming a scene.

Of note: filming will follow COVID-19 safety protocols set by LA County, the City of Los Angeles and Television City’s owner Hackman Capital Partners, and its resumption became possible after the producers reached agreements with the Hollywood guilds.

So, what do you think of how B&B has safety measures in place and is ready to roll and begin taping new episodes during COVID-19? Share your thoughts via the comment below, and let s know if you are excited to see new episodes of the CBS soap since the last original episode aired back in April? 

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Everyone is going way overboard with this covic 19 nonsense either film normal or don’t film at all

Are you saying the millions of people who have it and the hundred thousand plus who have died are overreacting? That doesn’t sound like nonsense to me. It’s a new world out there Mark.

They are filming normally… the article states that actors won’t be required to wear masks during their scenes, just when they are not taping. And if they have to rework scripts to accommodate fewer cast members in a scene together, will that really impact the show all that much? The majority of scenes, on B&B especially, are between two or maybe three characters.

Amen. I’m a Critical Care Rn. Try and tell me this horrendous disease is nothing…

Why do you object to the requirements that have to be followed in order Bold and Beautiful to start production again? The health of all the actors and others working on the set is extremely important.

FYI COVID 19 is not the average run of the mill cold/flu virus. Google Nick Cordero then explain to his family what this COVID 19 nonsense is. Then google the medical reports detailing the damage to the lungs of Covid 19 patients. Then go on to the discussion of lung transplants performed on
COVID 19 patients. You are welcome for the education!

Wow really, wake up, this virus has killed millions and I lost friends too it and that’s your comment, don’t be idiot, they are not going overboard.


overboard? You are truly an ignoramous.

I hope they are successful and that the other soaps soon follow suit. Good luck!

I still say it’s going to be very tough to do a soap with the conditions we’re under.

What happens to your clothes after taping? Can we buy them??

I am soooo happy for everyone. I think it’s great,that they have someone that is an expert at covid 19 to monitor things to keep everyone healthy. Even though we may feel like one by now, it’s best to have one so you artists can focus on your stories to share with all of us. Much Love and Happiness coming your way.

I am so excited for the actresses to get back to filming new shows. And yes keep them all safe as they are filming. Can’t wait to start watching again missed watching them all !!! Good luck crew and be safe !!!!!

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Kim Kardashian, Emma Roberts and Marlene King Land ‘Calabasas’, a Soap in the Vein of the ‘O.C’ and ‘Beverly Hills 90210’, at Netflix

There has been lot of soapy projects coming to life and in the works of late, and now comes word that Kim Kardashian is executive producing a new series in development for Netflix called Calabasas.

After a bidding war last week, it looks like Netflix cemented the development deal from Kim, and her producing partners American Horror Story co-star Emma Roberts (pictured below) and Pretty Little Liars creators Marlene King and Alexandra Milchan.

The concept of Calabasas is based on the book If You Lived Here You’d Be Famous By Now by Via Bleidner.  King set to write the adaptation and will serve as the series showrunner.

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According to Deadline, Calabasas is said to be in the vein of primetime young teen and young adult soaps the O.C. and Beverly Hills 90210. The story follows “Via, a 16-year-old sheltered Midwestern Catholic school girl whose world is turned upside down when her family moves and she’s forced to transfer to the fast world of Calabasas High where nothing is as it appears and where everyone is trying to be someone else. It’s a place where dreams come true … but not without complications and sometimes unforeseen consequences.”

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As fans of the Kardashians know, Kim and her family made the town of Calabasas a household and worldwide name. Kim being attached to this project helped make its sale. This marks her fourth project to sell since the writers and actors strikes concluded at the end of last summer.

So, would you be interested to see a teen soap called ‘Calabasas’ on Netflix from Kim and company? Comment below.

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The Young and the Restless and General Hospital Actress and Writer, Meg Bennett, Passes Away at 75

Meg Bennett, who had played Julia Newman and later became a writer for the top-rated daytime drama, The Young and the Restless has died at the age of 75.  The news comes from her family who shared that she lost her battle to cancer back on April 11th.

Daytime fans remember fondly, Meg’s portrayal of Victor’s (Eric Braeden)first wife. Bennett joined the show in 1980, after her first soap stint for two years in the role of Liza Walton on Search for Tomorrow.

Impressed by her story notes, the late Bill Bell, then head writer of Y&R, had Meg doing double duty acting and writing on the show from 1983-1987. When he decided to write off the character of Julia, he also wanted Meg to stick around as a writer.  Not only did this begin a whole other daytime career for Bennett, but she was not done playing Julia either. Throughout the decades, Julia would still come back to Genoa City for a visit. Most recently, Y&R fans saw Julia in 2018, and again in 2020.

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Bennett also appeared on Santa Barbara and was a writer on that show as well from 1991-1993. She played the role of Megan Richardson. It was next that Meg had her longest writing stint coming to ABC’s General Hospital. Meg wrote for GH from 1993-2011.

In 1995, Bennett won her first Daytime Emmy for writing and her personal life changed after falling in love with nine-time Daytime Emmy winner, former GH head writer, Bob Guza Jr. In addition, GH also utilized Bennett for her acting skill when she was cast as the villainess Allegra Montenegro.  Meg and Bog Guza were officially married in 2004 and purchased a home once owned by Boris Karloff and Gregory Peck.

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Additionally, Meg wrote for The Bold and the Beautiful 1987-1989 and later served as a executive story consultant to Brad Bell from 2002-2004.  She also wrote for Sunset Beach, Generations and GH: Night Shift throughout her writing career. She went on to win five WGA Awards for GH and Santa Barbara.

Meg is survived by her husband of 19 years, Robert Guza Jr., two stepdaughters, four grandchildren, a brother and a sister.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Meg Bennett via the comment section below.

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Steve Kent Reportedly OUT as Sony Pictures Television VP in Charge of DAYS and Y&R

On Friday, reports surfaced that Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President of Programming at Sony Pictures Television, is no longer with the company and overseeing the Sony soap operas, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless.

According to Soap Opera Digest, a set side source reported that Kent’s last day was last Friday, April 12th, which was one day after what would have been his final appearance in his Sony VP role at the Days of our Lives 15,000th episode on set celebration.

During that ceremony, Kent gave a brief speech giving kudos to DAYS for its incredible milestone. Days is a co-production of Sony Pictures Television and Corday Productions, while Y&R is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company in association with Sony Pictures Television.

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Kent started his soap opera career as a producer for CBS’ defunct Capitol and then as the supervising producer of NBC’s Santa Barbara from1984 to 1993.

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At Sony, before his role overseeing the soaps, Kent was Senior Executive Vice President of International Productions for Sony Pictures Television International department.

If reports are true, the question becomes who has taken over his position, and would oversee DAYS and Y&R from the Sony side? Share your thoughts on this developing story via the comment section below.

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