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Will Abu Dhabi and Paris Be The Ticket to Daytime Emmy Gold? B&B's Brad Bell Weighs-In On That & Maya's Transgender Story Twist!

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This week, The Bold and the Beautiful took a short time out of their hectic production schedules to celebrate and acknowledge the hard working individuals in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes who were nominated in various categories for the upcoming 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

The festivities took place on Stage 31 the Bradley P. Bell soundstage at CBS.  During the celebration, executive producer and head writer, Brad Bell introduced the cast and crew who nabbed B&B 19 nominations this year including for Outstanding Drama Series. On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Bell, immediately following the proceedings to get some insight into his choice to go with the Abu Dhabi and Paris remotes for the Drama Series category at this year’s Daytime Emmys.

Bell also shared what he thought about the acting nominees from his cast and the hottest topic in soaps right now the choice to make Maya (Karla Mosley) a transgender character in a bombshell story twist that has taken mainstream and social media by storm.  As Brad explains, he and his team are committed to telling Maya’s story fully.

So, will B&B have the right stuff to take home another Outstanding Drama series and writing team win this year?  Read Brad’s thoughts on it all below, and exactly when he came up with Maya’s secret storyline!

Tell me about the decision-making process that went into choosing your Outstanding Drama Series submission/episodes that earned your show a Daytime Emmy nomination?

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BRAD:  We went with Abu Dhabi and Paris; we went locations and action-adventure.  We went in a direction we have not gone before.  So, we will see how it goes for us.  I just think that it’s very much about production, and this production team we have here has risen to the occasion. They have done things that are amazing.  When you look at the body of work – there are so many great performances – but, just the achievement of pulling off Abu Dhabi and Paris and doing it as well as this team is capable of doing, and having it be 2 of the 250 episodes of the year is pretty amazing.  We had to put them forward for the Emmy in the Drama Series category.

What did you submit for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series that garnered you and your writing team a nomination again this year?

BRAD:  Hope’s (Kim Matula) goodbye scenes, which were very touching and shot in my backyard!  Our writers: Patrick Mulcahey, Michele Val Jean, Mike Minnis and I worked really hard on getting the emotional content of those episodes to where they needed to be. So did Scott Clifton (Liam), Rena Sofer (Quinn), Darin Brooks (Wyatt), and Kim Matula and the whole team.  At the end of the episode, Hope just disappears.

What can you say about your Emmy nominated acting nominees … Supporting Actress contender Linsey Godrey (Caroline) and Supporting Actor contenders, Scott Clifton and Jacob Young (Rick)?

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BRAD:  They are fantastic. Linsey is amazing.  She can do comedy and she can do drama. She has been through so much personally and keeps the greatest attitude, and is such a pleasure to have on the team. Scott and Jacob are phenomenal actors.  I think we have the best ensemble on the show we have ever had.

Let’s talk hot topic! The Maya transgender twist really had a meteoric hit on mainstream press and pick-up! Were you surprised by all the attention this story has gotten so quickly?

BRAD:  I did not realize we were going to get this kind of traction.  I am seeing it as a wonderful story to tell, and it’s a love story.  But, it’s an important love story.  We need to take minds that have been closed and open them up a little.

Were you at all concerned about viewer backlash to the story … that the audience just did not want to watch a story of a transgender woman?

BRAD: Yes, a little bit concerned.  We are thrilled to do this story and it’s one that is very close to our hearts.  We are not just filling pages. We are really behind the whole movement, and Karla Mosley (Maya) is doing such a great job.

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When, did you come up with this idea to make Maya transgender and create this incredibly powerful and moving story?

BRAD:  I came up with this on a drive to work one morning.  I know the block I was on when it hit me!  I was just right behind the Beverly Hills Hotel, and I almost pulled over!  I thought this could be something very special, and something that we are going to dig into for months, and months, and months. It’s not icing, it’s the cake.  Karla is a leading lady, and this character is front and center. We are fully committed to telling this story that will change people’s perceptions and that is very exciting.

So, do you think B&B has a great shot at winning the gold in the Daytime Drama Series category at this year’s 42nd Annual Daytime Emmys? Did you enjoy the Paris and Abu Dhabi remotes and storylines? What do you think about Brad Bell’s commitment to tell Maya’s story and that of the transgender community? Share your thoughts below!

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Freeman Griffin

I absolutely do NOT want to see B&B win for Series, Directing or Writing (or in any categories). The problem for me with location shoots is that they are atypical and not really what this particular show is all about – the strongest elements of B&B are the design elements and I won’t mind at all if it wins a few of those categories. Days was the best written, produced and directed daytime drama of 2014, with GH having some really great individual episodes and Y&R having 3 really good months and 9 mediocre ones (January, November and December were… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

Karla is doing a great job!

tracy
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tracy

GH and Y&R will win all of the emmys. B&B is such a boring show.

susan
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susan

I love the transgender storyline, I just hope telling Rick doesnt take a ridiculously long time considering the threats of exposure existing. Lets not drag this out.

Derrick
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Derrick

The transgender storyline might win Best Drama Series for next year’s Emmys! But Abu Dhabi won’t win this year. Hope’s exit was beautifully written but I also don’t think it’ll win Writing. Now, if Brad submitted Abu Dhabi for Directing then I believe they got a shot at winning!

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The Substitute

They have always done fantastic location shoots no doubt about it when you are down to only four soaps not a whole lot of choices to choose from. Would I be upset if they won no at least 28 years later it is still family owned and not gone thru tons of head writers.

Mary papcun
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Mary papcun

I think Heather Tom won for giving the shows for best performers not the others

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

I would say that the location shoots have been good, but it got tiring seeing Liam and Hope as the usual travellers: Italy, France, and The Netherlands. At least with Abu Dhabi, they gave other actors a chance to shine in a foreign land.

Mo
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Mo

I didn’t like Hope’s exit. She should have had scenes with Wyatt.

Award is for best drama, not best cinematography. I would say story and acting and writing is more important for winning best drama, but we’ll see. Those shows were good. Don’t know what episodes the other shows put up.

I am enjoying the transgender storyline and Karla and Reign are doing a great job!

Rick is clueless. LOL Does he wonder why Karla doesn’t have time of the month supplies in the bathroom or closet?

Eliza
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Eliza

“We are fully committed to telling this story that will change people’s perceptions and that is very exciting.” Bradley Bell How is Maya’s lies and deception going to change anyone’s perception? All of this is based on lies and deception, Maya’s. She keeps saying she is proud of who she is but won’t tell the man she supposed loves more than anyone else until he proposes? That sounds more like manipulation with an agenda. Get Rick to propose…then be honest? There are viewers who do not like Maya to begin with. There is no sympathy for Maya’s lies and deception,… Read more »

Chrystie Delancey
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Chrystie Delancey

I agree with everything.

I really thought Maya was sweet and endearing when she first came to town. I really liked Rick with Maya then. Even though she thought he was a waiter, they were very sweet together. There was no gold digging. It was just an ex convict who lost more than she bargained for when she found out her child was dead.

The “pretty woman” scenes in Beverly Hills were sweet. They should have left it at that instead of making Maya so despicable.

Chrystie Delancey
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Chrystie Delancey

Let’s not go all crazy here. There are only FOUR soaps let on the networks so the competition is not as fierce. The daytime Emmys for the dramas have become laughable.

I wonder if there are people from the United Arab Emirates on the board now. It was nauseating enough to listen to the butt kissing of Abu Dhabi when the scenes aired. “Oh it’s so beautiful, yada, yada, yada.” Give me a break. A country built on oil money is sickening.

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