How time flies! It seems like only yesterday when The Bold and the Beautiful took over a 30-minute time slot on CBS Daytime. But it was March 23, 1987. Set in the glamorous world of the Los Angeles fashion industry, B&B marks its 20th anniversary on March 23, 2007. The soap opera has garnered critical accolades with over 35 Daytime Emmy Awards and worldwide acclaim.
"The Bold and the Beautiful's unique combination of deep romance and brash story telling has made it a signature part of the CBS Daytime lineup," said Barbara Bloom, Sr. Vice President of Daytime Programs, CBS. "We salute the Bell family and the extraordinary cast and crew on achieving this milestone."
The Bold and the Beautiful, created by the late William J. Bell and his wife, Lee Phillip Bell, is currently written and executive produced by William and Lee's son, Bradley, and boasts four original cast members who remain integral parts of the story structure: SUSAN FLANNERY (Stephanie Forrester), KATHERINE KELLY LANG (Brooke Logan), JOHN MCCOOK (Eric Forrester) and RONN Moss (Ridge Forrester). It is also the first daytime drama to simulcast in Spanish via SAP (Secondary Audio Program) technology.
"Twenty years ago, I could have never imagined what was in store," said Bradley P. Bell, Executive Producer and Head Writer of The Bold and the Beautiful. "The Bold and the Beautiful is now over 5000 episodes strong and viewed in more than 140 countries."
Can you imagine? That's 140 diverse nationalities getting jiggy with the goings on in the LA fashion world thanks to the loves, lusts, and family ties that is B&B.
"These past two decades have been a fantastic journey of storytelling through an endless barrage of blank pages eager to be filled with romance, intrigue, cliffhangers and sometimes teardrops,"Bell continues. "My thanks to CBS, whose support has been integral to our success, and to our viewers for their steadfast loyalty."
So now that the show is about to reach this milestone, what kind of storytelling can we expect?
The Bold and the Beautiful's 20th anniversary storylines center around Brooke and Ridge's always stormy relationship, young Phoebe (MACKENZIE MAUZY) and Rick's (KYLE LOWDER) forbidden romance, Taylor (HUNTER TYLO) and Nick's (JACK WAGNER) newfound love, and the competition between fashion houses Forrester Creations and Forrester Originals for control of the industry. The show recently went on location to Sydney, Australia to tape scenes that are scheduled for broadcast beginning March 23rd to coincide with the series' anniversary.
The Bold and the Beautiful has remained current and topical with storylines touching on issues such as HIV, drug and alcohol dependency, rape, homelessness, the trauma of serious illness and child abuse and many of Hollywood's most famous names have made appearances on the show, including Phyllis Diller, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, Betty White, Usher, Charlton Heston, Mike Piazza, Erik Estrada, Arturo Sandoval, Dionne Warwick and James Doohan and even Fabio!
To celebrate the 20th anniversay, a gala event will take place in Beverly Hills on Saturday, March 24. Soapdom will be on the red carpet to get you the latest news and notes from the stars themselves as they gather to honor the soap opera that they call home. Stay tuned.
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