On the stage of The Bold and the Beautiful at CBS in Los Angeles, Brad Bell and his producers, colleagues, crew members and some of his stellar cast including: Lesley-Anne Down, Brandon Beemer, Susan Flannery, Jennifer Gareis and Jack Wagner – gathered to celebrate the series nomination for the 36th annual Daytime Emmys.
We caught up with Brad, who not only discussed the nominations, but previewed what’s to come on the show now that Don Diamont, Rick Hearst and Jackie M., are going to take front and center stage.
Here are some thoughts from executive producer, head writer, and Emmy-nominated Brad Bell!
What shows did you submit for competition that got you into the final three of the Outstanding
Daytime Drama Series category?
We submitted the shows where Storm took his life to save his sister. So, heavy drama, mostly hospital scenes with great family drama, and tragedy and triumph, and everything that goes into drama! We did submit those two back-to-back episodes, and did submit the same shows for writing and directing. Those were my special shows in the whole run of this series, I think.
Did you feel, with the Storm suicide/heart transplant story, that this was your big shot to nab the prize? Did you feel good about your submission?
Absolutely! I thought this year was better than what we had in previous years. I thought the story with Betty White and Stephanie going home to confront her mother was strong, but this one was top tier. So, we will keep our fingers crossed
Were you shocked there were only three nominees in the category?
Totally shocked! Maria Arena Bell (head writer and co-executive producer, “Y&R”) sent me a nice email already. It is a shock because “Y&R”, in the ratings, is by far and above the top show. It’s a brilliant show and deserves to be nominated. So, it’s hard to understand. But, it’s great to be nominated and it’s great that a show from each network is represented in the finals, and it’s great for all the networks.
How do you feel about the Emmy broadcast being on the CW and not on a major network that carries daytime soap opera?
I think it would be great if it was on one of the networks that airs these shows, but we are in a time of change. I hope this will deliver good ratings for the CW, and we will find a new home, and it will be fresh and interesting.
Do you think the networks are looking to see how it does this year?
I think so. It’s a time where programmers are making up their minds and forming their opinions of where things need to be heading, and what’s best for the networks.
Now that Guiding Light was cancelled did you ever think of trying to make “B&B” go to an hour?
I am very happy to have a half hour show, and it’s wonderful to be that.
Big news is that Rick Hearst who just left his role on General Hospital is coming back to “B&B” to reprise his role of Whip Jones. Will he have a romance? What can we expect?
Yes, Whip Jones is back. We will have some new romances on the show.
I think with Bill Spencer, played by Don Diamont, and Whip, played by Rick Hearst; we will also go back to the fashion house part of our storytelling. Jackie M. has emerged as the new Spectra. There was nothing like Sally Spectra, but now we have a ‘cougar’ running a fashion house in Jackie.
Is Jackie turning a bit more to the dark side?
Well, it’s going to continue to be sexy, and there are wonderful and unique relationships that come up. We are building around Jackie M., and now Spencer Publications is in the middle of the mix. So you have two fashion houses, Bill Spencer in the middle, and it’s wonderful and all new and exciting.
How did you nab Rick Hearst to return to “B&B”?
I had heard he was let go. There are only a few people in the history of our show that you can bring back. And, Rick is such a great actor, and there was a need for someone like him. So I jumped on it.
Will Whip be entangled again with Brooke?
Brooke, The Jackie M group, and Stephanie….We are going back to Forrester being about heavy drama, and Jackie M being a contrast to that. There is a lot of drama, but also there will be lots of fun. We are bringing camp back, which was popular in the 80’s and the 90’s. It’s time to have fun again, and I think that’s the difference you will see in the show in the next six months to a year. We are going to have more comedy, silliness, and craziness… and it should be a fun to watch.
Lesley–Anne Down is really doing a great job. Jackie Marone is truly in charge here!
It works so well, because Jackie is going to lead this fashion house. She is like a Bond girl. We are writing her as the boss, and she is going to handle all these guys, and she is not about to fall in love overnight.
But many this week thought perhaps she was crossing the line in sexual harassment of Owen. What is your take on Jackie’s point of view?
It’s interesting. It’s about a woman in control. Owen is like this surfer dude who’s come up and into this fashion world, and obviously he is falling for this woman. He is intrigued by her. She is like no one he has ever met, and he is the one who is going to fall head over heels. While she will be like, “No, get a grip! Try to control yourself.” A lot of people would think Owen would be the one calling the shots, but she is the one in charge
What about Madame X? Will Bridget ever have her own man?
Bridget’s going to have her own man, soon.
Would you ever consider bringing back Deacon, played by Sean Kanan, at this point in time to mix things up even more with Jackie and the gang?
Sean as Deacon is wonderful! Right now, we are on to Bill Spencer and the return of Whip, but don’t rule anything out. Sean is a great actor, a wild-card, and can cause trouble for the lives of the characters on our show.