The Bold and the Beautiful has been globe-trotting all over the world! And why not? After all, they are the most watched soap opera in the world set against the backdrop of the world of high fashion! After its most recent stops in the United Arab Emirates and scenes shot in Abu Dhabi, where viewers saw Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) take quite the fall to the waters below, thanks to Justin (Aaron D. Spears) and Bill (Don Diamont), the fallout from that has been playing out on current episodes of the series. From Abu Dhabi, the show set up shop in Paris, France last month for some key scenes to air later this summer!
So, when On-Air On-Soaps had the opportunity to chat with series executive producer and head writer Brad Bell recently, we wanted to discuss his winning formula which has kept B&B as the number two soap in the ratings in the U.S and a huge success worldwide. Plus to get some insight into what might be ahead for the rest of the summer, and the emergence of some new and old faces … Hello, Ivy! And … Oh, hello Deacon! Here’s what the boss had to say!
The way in which you worked the recent Abu Dhabi location shoot, and the angle of that into the soap is one good example of what has now become a staple of your show. And that, along with the key ingredient of B&B which is romance, romance, and romance has been a consistent winning formula for you! Wouldn’t you say?
BRAD: Yes! We have so much fun, and when we bring in these exotic locations it makes me want to see Ridge Forrester (Thorsten Kaye) as a bit of a James Bond who just goes from one place to another and just pulls of amazing feats! (Laughs) It’s fun. I actually had my son with me in Abu Dhabi and he was amazed at how things come together. He said, “Dad, you do everything last minute!” But when Bill (Don Diamont) and Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) were going to get married, the man who was supposed to build the little wedding pagoda didn’t show up! So we went to the local sort of “Best Buy” there, and we bought some bamboo and sheets, and we made it on the beach, and there you go! It came together nicely!
Then you went and shot scenes in Paris, France in June that we will see beginning to air in the U.S. the week of August 6th. Is there perhaps a wedding you would like to tease? (Laughs)
BRAD: Paris was amazing. It’s romance, fashion, and Kim Matula (Hope) looking gorgeous … and the Eiffel Tower figures in it prominently!
Don’t tell me! Somebody falls from the Eiffel Tower? (Laughs)
BRAD: Of course! (Laughs) We are going to do a compilation reel of people who fall on our show, starting with Darlene Conley (Ex-Sally Spectra)!
This year, B&B did not win the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, but you were nominated for episodes which truly show what the heart and soul of what a good soap is, and that is dramatic and emotional complex relationship drama. Did you feel that about your submission which had Katie finding out about Bill and Brooke sleeping together via Taylor, and the fallout from that?
BRAD: I thought these scenes and the way they were performed, and the twists and turns in them is really what my father (B&B and Y&R creator, Bill Bell) taught me to do. As he would say, “That was executed very well.” From top to bottom: Heather Tom (Katie) who was amazing, to the directors, to Hunter Tylo (Taylor) and Katherine Kelly Lang and Don Diamont, and everyone who was in the room … it was just great soap opera.
What can you say lies ahead for the rest of summer? You now have Ashleigh Brewer as Ivy added into the mix!
BRAD: It is an exciting summer. We have new characters joining the show such as Ashleigh Brewer as Ivy. She is awesome, gorgeous, unique, and so poised. Ashleigh is bringing something very special to the show that we have not seen in a long time. So we are really igniting the Forrester and the Logan conflict, and it feels like a new beginning.
And Deacon’s back! Sean Kanan returns to B&B … once again!
BRAD: Deacon’s back, father of the year! (Laughs) So it’s fun, and we have another location shoot coming up this fall planned for Europe in a location we have never been before. It’s a good time to be bold and beautiful!
So what do you think will happen in Paris when previously announced characters Wyatt (Darin Brooks), Hope (Kim Matula), Liam (Scott Clifton), and Ivy (Ashleigh Brewer) are involved in story there? Do you like the location shoots on B&B? What do you think sets apart The Bold and the Beautiful from your other favorite soaps? ( And we’re not talking about it being a half-hour!) Weigh-in on that and Brad Bell’s comments below!