CBS cleaning soap “The Bold and the Lovely” will use a feminine blowup doll and actors’ vital others in love scenes to shoot its first episodes since the pandemic shutdown in mid-March.
The quirky, imaginative steps are being taken to stick to state, county and trade protocols concerning COVID-19 — as “B&B” turned the first US broadcast sequence to return into manufacturing Wednesday at Tv Metropolis in LA.
“After we had been reviewing the scripts we began taking out all the romantic scenes and [the scripts] simply fell flat,” the present’s govt producer/head author Bradley Bell tells The Put up. “We put our heads collectively attempting to determine a option to make these scenes work with out breaking the eight-foot [distancing] rule … and we introduced out a doll we used years in the past as a corpse.
“We posed it and it was very convincing,” he says. “It’s an excellent doll and we’ll be using her with hair and make-up as a stand-in to match a few of our main girls.”
Bell says there’s solely the one doll — for now.
“We’re going to see the way it works,” he says. “We could also be investing in extra dolls and male dolls. We’re looking Web pages and combing Hollywood to see what’s accessible — so we could also be using lots of dolls in future love scenes.”
“The Bold and the Lovely,” which is thought for a few of the extra racy scenes in daytime, may even use the spouses of a few of the present’s actors in some scenes, Bell says.
“We had the concept that, if [the actors] can’t contact one different and you possibly can’t appear them in a good embrace then that’s an actual drawback,” he says. “So we thought to succeed in out to a few of the husbands and wives of the actors and ask them if they might be physique doubles in the kissing scenes. A few of them had been ; we’ve had stunt doubles earlier than however that is the first time we’ve had kissing doubles.
“They’ll be examined [for COVID] and we’ll be certain it’s protected and the husband and spouse are snug kissing,” he says, “and so we could have some very popular kissing on the present. With digital camera methods and enhancing, it would seem as if it’s our main man together with his main girl.”
Bell says the present final filmed on March 13. “At that time we thought it could be a number of weeks. We had no concept,” he says. “I used to be all the time in communication with the manufacturing group and the forged and alongside the method I used to be writing memos saying, ‘It appears like we’ll be again Might 1’ then it was ‘Might 15’ then ‘June 15’ and now our day has lastly come.”
“We’re taking each precautions and ensuring we adhere to all the tips of the state, county and [the industry unions] DGA and SAG-AFTRA,” he says. “We’ll have a restricted variety of folks on the stage at any time and we’ve reconfigured our management sales space. We’re separating the administrators, who will all be six toes aside with plexiglass between them and we’ve moved our lighting crew to an auxiliary room and separated them with plexiglass.
“All the actors are carrying masks until they’re taking pictures scenes,” he says. “They may all the time be a minimal of eight toes aside. We’ve gone via all the scripts and have trimmed some scenes. There received’t be any group scenes and the majority [of scenes] will probably be with two actors and often one actor.
“We’re exercising excessive warning.”
Bell says the episodes will choose up instantly following the cliffhanger that aired in mid-March, when Flo (Katrina Bowden) was captured by Sally (Courtney Hope) and held captive whereas Sally was attempting to seduce her boyfriend, Wyatt (Darin Brooks).
“Our present plan is to [eventually] point out the pandemic however to not dive into the full story,” he says. “I feel we’ve all lived it. We’ve all the time been about fantasy and escapism. It’s what we do. We offer our viewers with a half hour of romance and enjoyable — and we additionally convey some warmth and steam.
“We’re going to maintain the fires stoked right here at ‘The Bold and the Lovely.’ “