'The Bold & The Beautiful' Is First U.S. TV Series To Resume Production After COVID-19
On Tuesday, The Bold and the Beautiful became the first TV show or movie to resume filming in the U.S. since COVID-19 paused media productions in March. Get the details on its return here.
The Bold and the Beautiful takes the title of first American production to return to the set after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The long-running soap opera has resumed the making of its 33rd season on CBS.
Production of the season was paused amid growing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic back on March 17. But now, a Deadline report announced that the series re-entered preproduction on Tuesday with plans to return to the Television City soundstage in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
B&B is not returning unprepared, either. Per Deadline, the cast and crew will undergo regular COVID-19 testing. New scheduling intends to limit the number of people on set at the same time, as well.
A COVID-19 coordinator has also been hired to ensure that safety guidelines are enforced in accordance with L.A. County protocols.
Bold and the Beautiful leads U.S. productions out of lockdown
The soap opera's creators have reportedly been preparing for a return since production was paused three months ago. Scripts were ready and are now being reworked to adjust to certain safety limitations.
As a result, the producers view early to mid-July as the earliest scenario for when new episodes could return to CBS.
In recent weeks, a few notable film productions have relaunched around the world, including the Avatar sequel in New Zealand. But The Bold and the Beautiful becomes the first major U.S. production to make headlines for its return to the set.
The popular soap opera airs weekdays at 1:30 P.M. ET on CBS. Currently in its 33rd season, The Bold and the Beautiful was additionally renewed through 2022 last month.