The Bold and the Beautiful has a unique plan for its sizzling love scenes. The CBS daytime soap resumed production this week in Los Angeles. It’s the first American soap opera to resume shooting amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The soap may even address the social distancing problem. The love scenes alone are difficult since it requires kissing and close-up shots. The writers tried to remove the romantic scenes, but it just didn’t feel right. A soap opera without a love scene is just a boring drama. Read on to learn how B&B plans to handle this problem.
CBS daytime soap wants to maintain social distancing
The Bold and the Beautiful returned to production on Wednesday, June 17. The writers want to figure out how to keep that romance alive while keeping the actors six feet apart. That means the camera crew and the actors will have to be a little creative. For example, each actor will perform inches away from the camera, instead of each other.
“They’ll look like they’re nose to nose, in the throes of passion,” says Bradley Bell, executive producer, and head writer told Forbes. “But they’ll be shooting scenes all by themselves.”
Simulated love scenes may require work (and acting) than traditional ones. They will also require some behind-the-scenes magic and lighting. Bell wants to use a combination of stand-ins and blow-up dolls. The actors’ spouses will become the stand-ins. That means they’ll join their partners for simple parts like touching. They will also use dummies for more intimate scenes.
“We have some life-like blow-up dolls that have been sitting around here for the past 15 years, that we’ve used for various other stories – (like) when people were presumed dead,” Bell explained. “We’re dusting off the dolls and putting new wigs and make-up on them and they’ll be featured in love scenes.”
Additionally, cast and crew will undergo testing for COVID-19 before returning to the set. Other safety precautions include designating areas for hair and makeup and using props to maintain social distancing.
The Bold and the Beautiful plans to move forward with safety protocols
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the show will follow many more safety protocols instructed by L.A. County, the City of Los Angeles and Television City’s owner Hackman Capital Partners. The cast and crew will work shorter days than they’re used to. And only a limited amount of people will be on set at a time. Crew members will have to wear a mask onset.
The Bold and the Beautiful also hired a COVID-19 coordinator to visit the set regularly. As per People, the coordinator will monitor production to ensure that safety protocols are being followed. Production halted on March 13. Deadline was the first to report the news of B&B resuming production. This comes after the series was renewed for two more seasons back in May.
The Bold and the Beautiful airs weekdays on CBS. Check your local listings for details.
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