Welp, that was quick. The Bold And The Beautiful ran out of new episodes back in April and everyone who still watches B&B was stuck with re-runs. It was supposed to make its grand return to filming this week and was set to become the first American series to begin shooting again since the coronavirus lockdown started. But record scratch. That shit got shut down again. Right after they started their first day of shooting, production has been paused to beef up safety protocols. Damn, B&B spent as much time back at work as Grace Jones.
Production of B&B thought they were so ready to restart filming. They got all their old body-double dolls gussied up and re-wigged and ready to be dry humped. But womp womp, those dolls will just have to wait. Deadline says that they only got one day of filming in before hitting the breaks and going back on hiatus. A rep said:
“B&B filmed with cast and crew today and it was a successful first day back at work… We have paused very briefly to modify our testing protocol to better accommodate the large volume of testing needed. Safety remains our top priority as we continue to move forward with the production of the show.”
These safety protocols were pretty amped up beforehand, including everyone getting tested before returning to set, limits on the number of people on set, and plexiglass in the production booth to separate the director and the assistant director. Also, everyone had to wear a mask except the actors while filming scenes. Scripts were already re-written to accommodate the changes.
Production for B&B is supposed to re-restart filming next Tuesday, June 23rd. They’re hoping to begin airing new episodes in mid-July. I fully expect those episodes to be filled with Zoom calls and a pandemic storyline where all the actors have to wear Hazmat suits. It will be good news for those of you into PG-rated Hazmat suit porn.
So does this mean that Jeopardy can come back? Get Alex Trebek a face shield, slap some masks on those even-more spaced out contestants, and boom! Screw a soap-opera, let’s get Alex back on our TV roasting the shit out of socially awkward know-it-alls!