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B&B: A Chat with Ed Scott


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Has this been posted? I haven't seen it. It's from December 16th.

<span style="font-size:120%;">TV Guide Magazine: How was it to bring the homeless families to the CBS studio to shoot the Christmas episodes?

Scott: It was so much fun inviting them into our world and they had a ball. [Laughs] One child opened the wrong gift and started crying, so it was just like a real Christmas. The kids loved their presents and they were so quiet playing with them — they were perfect on camera! I have to say that [B&B executive producer-head writer] Brad Bell is just a chip off the old block. [brad's father, the late Bill Bell, and his mother, Lee Phillip Bell, created both B&B and The Young and the Restless.] I think his dad would be very proud. I know his mother is. Lee came down to Skid Row with us on one of the days we shot there — the day the temperature in L.A. hit an all-time high of 113 degrees. I told Lee, "I always said I'd willingly follow your son into hell. Well, I just did." But I didn't care. Nobody did. We were so f--king happy to be there telling this story that we didn't know the thermometer broke.

TV Guide Magazine: You were the line producer on Y&R for years while Bill Bell wrote the show. Is it déjà vu all over again?

Scott: Bill did a wonderful homeless story on Y&R many years ago and now Brad's carrying the torch, but not just in his storytelling. Like his dad, Brad is a wonderful leader and a hands-on guy who knows what he wants and is passionate about it. It's like being back in the old days with Bill. If B&B is the last show I ever work at, then this is the one to go out on!

TV Guide Magazine: You guys have received raves across the boards for this homeless storyline. Will it catch on? Will other soaps find a way to entertain us, yet make us better and more enlightened peeps?

Scott: Hard to say. There's a big temptation these days to try to make soaps more like prime time, to make them more like action shows. But we really don't have the time and the budget to do that well. We have to move too fast. And, anyway, I don't think that's what our audience wants. A soap is primarily about relationships. It's people-to-people stuff. If Susan Flannery can go down to Skid Row and just sit there and simply, honestly talk to the people about life and be absolutely riveting, then what more do you really need?

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I'm glad SOMEONE in the soap industry still sees it this way. If the audience were really interested in seeing stunts, action and violence constantly, GH would be #1 still by a wide mile.

Regarding this story, I don't know much about what's going on but didn't they have Stephanie become homeless in the early 90s already? Or is this a revisiting of that story?

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She had amnesia in 1991 and roamed the streets with two of her friends.

B&B, although not as stunt-y (not yet, anyway), really has a lot of similarities with GH. The way it burns certain characters or looses interest in good actors, for example.

Hopefully, Ed Scott will have a nice chat with Brad, polish this show's production, that not so long ago reached a scary nadir, and fire a bit of deadweight.

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