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The Bold and the Beautiful Celebrates 27th Anniversary This Sunday!

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Sunday, March 23, 2014 will mark the 27th anniversary of The Bold and the Beautiful’s premiere on the CBS Television Network.  This anniversary brings B&B into the top ten list of the longest running scripted dramas broadcast on network television.

“Twenty-seven years on television is a wonderful accomplishment,” said Executive Producer and Head Writer, Bradley Bell. “I work with an amazing ensemble of cast, production crew, writers and staff.  I am grateful to CBS for their long standing commitment to The Bold and the Beautiful and to CBS Daytime executives Angelica McDaniel and Margot Wain for their unwavering support.  None of this would be possible if it were not for our fans whose loyalty and dedication to the show have allowed us to reach this incredible milestone.”

The only daytime drama set in a real, and not fictional location, B&B prides itself on setting the bar by frequently taking production out of the studio and on location. Spring 2014 marked the ninth international remote taken by B&B in the show’s 27 year-history, going to the UAE, Dubai and Abu Dhabi with original cast member Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan) as well as Don Diamont (Bill Spencer) and Thorsten Kaye (Ridge Forrester). Those episodes are set to air in late May and early June 2014. Previous international locations include Monaco, Puglia, Italy, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Sydney, Australia, Portofino, Italy, Venice, Italy, Lake Como, Italy and Barbados. Additionally, B&B has taped in numerous U.S. locations around Southern California, on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Thomas and multiple times in Aspen, Colorado.

In June 2013, B&B received its eighth Golden Nymph Award at the International TV Audience Awards in the “Telenovela/Soap Opera” category at the Monte Carlo Television Festival.  In 2011, B&B received its third consecutive Emmy award for “Outstanding Daytime Drama Series”.  In 2010, Guinness World Records named The Bold and the Beautiful the Most Popular Daytime Soap Currently on TV.

The Bold and the Beautiful is a Bell-Phillip Television production, broadcast weekdays (1:30-2:00 PM, ET, 12:30-1:00 PM PT) on the CBS Television Network. Since May 2001, it is the first and only daytime drama to simulcast in Spanish utilizing SAP (Secondary Audio Program) technology. Bradley P. Bell is the Executive Producer and Head Writer.

So, what do you think about B&B turning 27, and the accomplishments the soap has had worldwide and domestically?  Let us know!

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Hard to believe it has been only 27 years- can’t remember what it was like before B&B! That is more than half my life- yikes! When B&B first appeared I remember not being to thrilled with the 30minute ‘filler’ as it was placed between 2 long standing daytime dramas…(that are no longer on the air). However, the characters of Brooke and Stefanie and oh my Sally Spectra- were so engaging that you simply got pulled in for that 30minutes- and 27 years later- it is all Bill, Wyatt, Quinn and Katie……….Congrats on 27 years!!! Amazing!!! Well Done!

Congratulations to the cast and crew, however the writing on this show is dreadful. It’s a shame that once well-written dramas like All My Children, As the World Turns, Guiding Light, and One Life to Live are gone while a show featuring endless incestuous triangles playing out at breakneck speed is going strong.

So true. It’s really lazy writing and all about given a certain audience what they are use to.

If B&B and I am still alive in 27 more years, I will become a faithful viewer. If Michael Fairman Soaps is still going strong at that point, my username will be B&Bisnotacartoon.

Correction: are, not am.

i hope this soap never ever gets cancelled , i love this one , it’s the best

Congrats B&B. But I doubt they make 28 years with this Kridge crap (Ridge & Katie).

They will make it, Ridge is great on the show. You shouldn’t talk bad

I HAVE BEEN WATCHING B&B SINCE OLTL WENT OFF THE AIR. I HAVE FINALLY FIGURED WHO EVERYONE IS OR WAS & I LOVE IT. LOVE SEEING SOME OF ACTORS FROM SOAPS GONE BY.

Did you know that Kassie DePaiva (Blair/OLTL) is joining Days of our Lives?

The world really loves incest that much???

I guess you can say the Logan slogan is incest is the best!

Its golden years are far behind but the arrival of Thorsten Kaye has brought so much to the show, specially a great amount of class, natural elegance and charm that has been lacking for so long. He has amazing chemistry with Katie. It’s nice to see Stephanie not to be forgotten – she was the Queen of the Forrester family and Flannery the heart of the show – irreplaceable but I hope BB keeps showing flashbacks of Stephanie. And please let Brooke finally mature and become the new matriarch 🙂
P. S. Bring Thomas back as a gay. It’s high time to have a proper gay character in this “fashion” show. Is CBS so ultra-conservative or what? (Since Y&R has no gay storylines either). It’s 2014… Not 1914… Props to GH and Days which are so much more modern shows.

I love Thorsten Kaye and agree that he brings class and charm wherever he goes, but his arrival, unfortunately, hasn’t helped the writing any. I’ve also seen what it’s like when he has chemistry with his leading lady, so I’m not feeling it so much here, but to each his own. What I’d really like to see is for Brad Bell to put an end to the constant swapping of partners and the whole, “keep it within the family” mentality and write some stories that slow down and take time to develop without relying solely on triangles and insta-love for drama. Now that would be refreshing!

I can definitely see why it has made it for 27 years. the superb writing and the excellent cast could not fail. love all the locations bb has taken it’s viewers to. i’m looking forward to many more years of bb. thank you bell.

Congratulations!!!!

B&B is fun to watch, beautifully filmed. Only a few little tweaks and it’d be even better. No fashion-based soap should be sans gay characters involved in the rag business. That said, Days right now is the US soap that is the most ground-breaking: No other soap has done a gay SL better than Days. Days is tops there, and no other soap has come close. Y&R easily has the worst gay SLs ever on daytime. I hope Days will be best soap at this year’s Emmys. B&B is good, but there’s room for improvement. Brad Bell is capable, but I’m beginning to wonder if he’s willing! Still, congrats B&B on 27 years!!!

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Michele Val Jean Gives Update on Daytime’s Newest Soap: “The Team for ‘The Gates’ is Coming Together and It’s Fire”

CBS daytime’s newest soap opera, The Gates, is set to bow in January of 2025.  Until now, not much has been known of who else behind the scenes or in front of the camera might be coming on to the show.

However, The Gates writer, and co-executive producer, Michele Val Jean, shared an update on the series ,which has as its premise and epicenter, the story of a wealthy black family living in a gated community.

Now, Val Jean has taken to her Instagram account to share an update on the show.  Michele expressed, “You guys! The team for #TheGates is coming together and it’s 🔥🔥🔥. I couldn’t be happier. Exciting announcements coming soon. Stay tuned!”

Previously, Michele attended last weekend’s 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremony where she also shared on her IG, these sentiments: “Had a great time at the #daytimeemmys tonight. I so love this community of such colossally talented and genuinely nice people. I’m humbled to be adding to the legacy with ‘The Gates’. Shout out to my #boldandbeautiful peeps. You guys are the best.”

Val Jean has been a writer for The Bold & The Beautiful, Generations, Santa Barbara, General Hospital, and Port Charles throughout her daytime career, and she has won Daytime Emmys for her work on B&B and GH.

Now the question becomes, who would you like to see cast on ‘The Gates’? What kind of roles might be available? Who could be helping steer other creative elements behind the scenes? Stay tuned. Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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GH’s Mark Teschner Tells Casting Stories of Johnny Wactor, Giovanni Mazza, Rebecca Herbst & Nicholas Chavez

This week during a very informative and insightful conversation, General Hospital’s 11-time Emmy-winning casting director and now a Daytime Emmy Silver Circle honoree, Mark Teschner spoke on finding the talent for specific roles on the ABC daytime drama series throughout his near three and half decades with the show.

During a livestream chat on the Michael Fairman Channel, Teschner recalled some of the behind the scenes casting stories that brought many beloved favorites to the GH family including the late Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando), the newly-arrived, Giovanni Mazza (Gio), longtime fan favorite, Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), and rising star, Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer) to name but a few.

When speaking with sadness over the loss of Wactor, who was shot and killed back on May 25th, and what he brought to the character of Brando, Teschner recalled, “With Johnny, what you see is what you get. You see the most kind decent, standup guy, and that’s innately who he is. So, that quality comes through in his work and with the character.”

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Mark explained, “Brando was a raw kind of hothead, troubled kind of character, and Johnny was able to go there. He had a real intensity that he was able to bring to the role, but at the same time, the character of Brando had to have this depth and this giant heart that he doesn’t necessarily reveal when you first see him. Well, Johnny had the biggest heart of anyone you’ll ever meet. So that essence was already there, and then his acting and his skill played the character. Johnny brought so much of who he was to the character, and there was something so authentic about him.”

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Giovanni Mazza recently debuted on GH as “Gio”, so what was his road to landing in Port Charles? Teschner shared, “I was casting a recurring role for a 15-year-old on the show, but when I’m doing the audition, sometimes I’ll open it up because we try to cast true to age, really within a year or so.  If you think about it, all the kids in our show are the exact age of the characters that they’re playing. Because if you have somebody that’s older playing younger, it sticks out because they’re not going to blend age-wise. But I did read a number of actors that were older just because they looked interesting. Gio’s audition came in. I was viewing this through self tapes, and there was just something about him. It wasn’t just that he was a great-looking kid, it was just there’s something very soulful about him and something very compelling, and he draws you in. ”

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Mark continued, “So with the group of the 15-year-olds that I sent to Frank Valeintini (EP, GH), I said, ‘Hey, I’m including this kid, Giovanni Mazza. I’m well aware he’s too old, but I just want you to see him.’

After having him come into audition, two weeks later, Frank called Mark and told him they were putting Gio under contract. Teschner added, “So, that was an example where it was his first week in LA, it was his first and ever audition. So we got  before anybody else.  I think he’s really gonna develop into, you know, quite a young actor.”

Becky Herbst has been beloved as Elizabeth for decades, and Teschner recounted her audition process and how she came to the role of Elizabeth. “She (originally) auditioned for the role of Sarah Webber. But the role of Elizabeth was created for Becky. While the character of Sarah did not last long, here we are with Becky 30 years later.”

Teschner cited Becky’s casting as a great example. “I always tell actors when they come into audition, you lay it out, you put it all out there, you bring everything you have to that role. You may not get the role, but if you do good work, you get remembered. And it’s so true.”

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Nicholas Chavez popped in the role of Spencer Cassadine before exiting the series. Teschner tells how Chavez came onto the GH casting radar. “Nicholas sent his self tape in from Florida and the rest is history. He had a meteoric impact on the show.” Mark added, “You always have an expectation and the hope that they’re (the actor) going to nail it and run with it. But sure, there are actors, you think, ‘They’re gonna be awesome,’ and then all of a sudden it goes to another level. With Nicholas Chavez, we knew he’d be amazing, but you know, who knew? Well, we did.”

Watch the full conversation with Mark Teschner below where he talks about even more of the casting stories behind some of your GH favorites, then and now.

What you think of the Teschner’s eye for talent casting the characters of General Hospital? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Y&R’s Melissa Claire Egan Previews “Amazing, Juicy, Fun” Summer Storyline

The Young and the Restless, Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy seven-times throughout her career for her work on both All My Children and the CBS soap opera. Now viewers are wondering what’s next for the talented Egan in story?

Many are sensing that perhaps Chelsea might get back together with Adam (Mark Grossman) over their connection to their son, Connor and more, while others are rooting for Sally (Courtney Hope) and Adam, who have currently found their way back to one another.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Egan on the red carpet at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards where she teased some major story to come. When asked if she felt Adam and Chelsea might get back together, Egan couldn’t give a direct answer, but she did tease a major story to put on Y&R viewers radar.

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Egan revealed, “There’s an amazing, juicy, fun storyline happening this summer. Stay tuned, everybody. Chelsea’s involved in something and it has been so much fun to play. I am like, thinking about my words before I speak because I don’t wanna ruin it. It’s so fun and juicy and you guys (the audience) are gonna love it, or,  even if you don’t love it, you’re gonna feel passionate about it.”

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Now a mom of two, Melissa spends her time at the studio taping all-new episodes of Y&R and juggling the daily lives of two young children, Jake and Caden. “I have a baby and a toddler, a 10-month old and a two and a half-year old,” she shares. “They’re exhausting, but they’re so amazing and they’re such sweet. They’re a dream come true. Jake has had me up at 4:30 in the morning a lot lately, and then I have to go to work by 6:30am. You know, it’s just a juggling act. But you just do it. You look at these little faces and you’re just obsessed and it’s all good. It’s all blessings.”

Check out our chat with Missy below.

Now let us know, do you want Chelsea with Adam? What storyline do you think is coming this summer involving her character? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

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