Great news for soap fans! At least one other daytime drama will begin airing new episodes in July. Days of Our Lives has been airing new episodes throughout the coronavirus pandemic due to filming six months in advance. The Bold & The Beautiful will join DOOL in airing fresh episodes in late July after resuming filming last month.
As fans know, television production was shut down due to COVID-19. Many primetime shows weren’t able to film a season finale and had to make do with what they had filmed. Daytime dramas, which air five days a week, quickly ran out of new episodes. B&B, Y&R, and GH all went to the vaults to get classic episodes to air instead. However, fans are quickly growing weary, especially in the case of GH, which is airing mostly Sonny-centric episodes.
The Bold & The Beautiful Resumes Airing New Episodes in Late July
B&B resumed production last month. They originally began on June 16. However, they quickly shut back down to enact better COVID testing after a number of false positives. Production resumed again on June 24 and has been filming ever since.
The soap’s last new episode aired in April. They’ve been airing classic episodes, including the B&B pilot from 1987. The soap will return to the airwaves with a new episode on Monday, July 20. Deadline reports that the initial episode will feature fan favorite Heather Tom, who recently won her sixth daytime Emmy. She plays Katie on the sudser.
Two New Actors Join the Show
When B&B returns, fans will eventually see two new faces. Tanner Novlan joins the cast as Dr. John “Finn” Finegan, a love interest for Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood.) The Forrester clan gets another addition when Delon de Metz joins the soap as a recast Zende Forrester. The role was last played by Rome Flynn.
The airdate of the two new actors hasn’t been set yet.
Classic Theme Episodes Continue This Week With Summer Escapes Week
The Bold & The Beautiful has been treating fans to ‘theme weeks’ during the production shut down. The themes range from individual character tributes – Brooke Logan week – to the best rivalries.
This week, fans can expect to be taken on the ultimate summer vacation trip. B&B globetrots with a Summer Escapes Week. The first stop, airing Monday, July 13, is Cabo San Lucas. See where else the soap will take us with the weekly promo below.
General Hospital is slated to resume filming next week. The Young & The Restless is supposed to resume filming today, July 13. Y&R vet Eric Braeden revealed on his social media last week that he was at the studio for COVID-19 testing.
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B&B and Y&R both air on CBS. General Hospital airs on ABC. Days of Our Lives is NBC’s only remaining soap opera. All four soaps air five days a week. Check your local listings for times.