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https://deadline.com/2020/06/the-bold-and-the-beautiful-returns-production-covid-19-protocols-season-33-1202960103/

 

The daytime drama will resume filming its current season on Wednesday, June 17, at Television City in Los Angeles. There is no airdate set yet but the hope is for the half-hour soap to return to originals in early-to-mid July

 

 

The cast and the crew were tested for the coronavirus today, with regular testing a key part of the new protocol. Everyone will work shorter days with staggered call times and smaller amount of cast on set at one time. To accommodate that, some of the scripts that had been already in the can were reworked.

 

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It's cool that they are the first US broadcast series to come back. I'm afraid though that between the reworked scripts, all the new rules, and no lead in from Y&R, that built up excitement will go to waste.

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I am sure the shorter work days will also apply to other soaps so the idea that they will probably go back and film as much as possible to stock in case they have to shut down is out the window. GH was filming 7 episodes a week before the shutdown. I doubt they will be able to do that now with shorter work days. 

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6 hours ago, Dylan said:

KKL says filming begins Thursday. I truely wonder what changes we will see. Brad seems to have already made script chsnges. 

 

Deadline says they are taping Wednesday. Maybe Thursday is when she starts taping again. 

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22 minutes ago, dawn9476 said:

I am sure the shorter work days will also apply to other soaps so the idea that they will probably go back and film as much as possible to stock in case they have to shut down is out the window. GH was filming 7 episodes a week before the shutdown. I doubt they will be able to do that now with shorter work days. 

im most curious about Days, they film like 10 eps a week, and won't be 6 months ahead anymore

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13 minutes ago, Dylan said:

im most curious about Days, they film like 10 eps a week, and won't be 6 months ahead anymore

Maybe in the short term they'll tape fewer episodes but as things ease they'll probably resume a near identical schedule.

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6 minutes ago, Paul Raven said:

Maybe in the short term they'll tape fewer episodes but as things ease they'll probably resume a near identical schedule.

Why? I'm sorry if i sound like an idiot, But if they get to a shorter Tape to air time can't they stay that way?

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Starting back up in mid-July is so insanely stupid. For one, B&B and Y&R both need to launch at the same time. Secondly, this is America! Our numbers will continue to rise and we will shut down again. Why aren’t they stacking episodes?! Especially with the Bell soaps it should be easy to go back to the old format of longer scenes with less people and just film and stack episodes. Rotate who films per day and you could easily knock out two episodes a day of each show. Then launch in September when you have a backlog of episodes to carry you through. 
 

Bringing these soaps back in July with no promo and acting like it’s business as usual is going to kill them in the ratings. Then when they run out of episodes again it’s gonna be a mess. 

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Writer Bradley Bell reveals that the show has been already working to overhaul the studio to allow for social distancing. “We’ve been at the studio and we’ve totally revamped the control room and the hair and makeup room,” he says. “We’ve got plastic dividers up and 6 feet distance between everyone in the booth. We’re going over all the precautions with the studio heads.” Original cast member John McCook (Eric) adds that the actual shooting of scenes will change, as well. “Now if there are four people in a scene, we’re not shooting all four of them at a time,” McCook explains. “We don’t want four actors on the set at once, so we’ll be shooting two people, and then they’ll reverse and shoot the other two people. So, it’s like doing a one-camera show, or doing film. I imagine it’s going to be a little difficult at first, but I am just so glad we’re coming back."

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3 minutes ago, Vizion said:

Writer Bradley Bell reveals that the show has been already working to overhaul the studio to allow for social distancing. “We’ve been at the studio and we’ve totally revamped the control room and the hair and makeup room,” he says. “We’ve got plastic dividers up and 6 feet distance between everyone in the booth. We’re going over all the precautions with the studio heads.” Original cast member John McCook (Eric) adds that the actual shooting of scenes will change, as well. “Now if there are four people in a scene, we’re not shooting all four of them at a time,” McCook explains. “We don’t want four actors on the set at once, so we’ll be shooting two people, and then they’ll reverse and shoot the other two people. So, it’s like doing a one-camera show, or doing film. I imagine it’s going to be a little difficult at first, but I am just so glad we’re coming back."

2 people only? I assume that means any and all extras are gone.this is gonna be weird 

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WTF?

 

Preserving those passionate on-screen kisses will involve a bit of creative camera work, and the magic of editing. Each actor will go through the motions separately, performing inches away from the camera. “They’ll look like they’re nose to nose, in the throes of passion,” Bell says. “But they’ll be shooting scenes all by themselves.”

 

Simulated sex scenes, though, will require more than clever camera work and creative lighting. Bell says he plans to use a combination of stand-ins and blow-up dolls. Actors’ spouses, who test negative for the novel coronavirus, will join their partners for love scenes that involve touching.  Life-like dummies will fill in for more intimate on-camera work.

 

“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,” says Bell. “We’re dusting off the dolls and putting new wigs and make-up on them and they’ll be featured in love scenes.”

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/dawnchmielewski/2020/06/16/the-bold-and-the-beautiful-is-back-with-a-plan-to-keep-social-distancing-from-stealing-the-sex/

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