- The Bold and the Beautiful will air its 8 000th episode this February
- Briefly.co.za chatted to the soapie's executive producer and head writer Bradley Bell ahead of the historic episode
- Bradley Bell has been with the TV show that is loved across the globe since its inception
The Bold and the Beautiful will air its 8 000th episode on Tuesday, 16 February. The US TV show is one of the most watched soapies in the world. It has won 16 Daytime Emmy Awards and continues to entertain audiences worldwide. It airs on Eva, DStv channel 141.
The Bold and the Beautiful head writer and executive producer Bradley Bell chatted to Briefly.co.za ahead of their 8 000th episode.
Bradley told the publication about the enduring appeal of the show, not just in the US but also in Mzansi.
"It’s astonishing to look at a script we’re working on and see Episode 8 000. While we’re busy writing episodes day by day, we don’t always take a moment step back and realise how much time has passed.
"B&B tells stories about how families who really love and care for one another can endure and thrive, despite personal challenges they experience. At times, the characters transgress, but redemption is always possible."
Many telenovelas, including South Africa ones, usually run out of story ideas and content which leads to decreasing numbers in terms of viewership. The executive producer told Briefly.co.za how the writers of the show come up with original story lines.
"Inspiration can strike anywhere. It often hits me while I’m taking a shower. Is it the water? Or that I’m not trying too hard to write at that time? I don’t know! The creative process remains a mystery to me, especially the longer I do it."
Bradley shared that he doesn't have just one favourite storyline in the show. He shared that he has enjoyed writing and producing many storylines on the epic TV programme.
"It’s amazing to see how the words come to life on the screen, thanks to our fabulous cast and crew. There have been so many storylines I’ve loved writing and producing, it’s hard to choose just one.
"Eric and Brooke galloping across the landscape on horseback in the Mohave Desert to get married, with hot air balloon rides and a luxurious tented Honeymoon, was a foundational moment, with epic imagery. When Stephanie Forrester found out she had terminal cancer, her journey of transformation into someone who made it her priority to help others was one of the most moving. It’s been fun."
Bradley has been with the series since its inception. He expressed that he cannot believe how far they have come.
"When I was a boy I would lie under the table in my father’s writing room for hours, listening to the writers work out the scripts. That creative process became a part of me almost by osmosis. My father was a great mentor, so I became his successor. We had no way of knowing ahead of time how successful the series would be around the world. I’m amazed to see how far we’ve come."
He also shared what viewers of the show can look forward to in the 8000th episode.
"The 8000th episode is classic Bold and Beautiful drama. The story arc centers around an event so profound, it sends shockwaves throughout the lives of the Forresters, Spencers, and Logans for years to come."
Bradley said they are grateful South Africans have welcomed them into their homes all these years. Bradley shared that they won't have their usual anniversary cast and crew celebration this year due to the ongoing pandemic.
"But we’re holding out hope for a big 35th Anniversary celebration in 2022."
Catch the Bold and the Beautiful's 8000th episode on Tuesday, 16 February at 5.30pm on Eva, DStv 141.
In other entertainment news, Briefly.co.za reported that Blood & Water Season 2 is returning soon on Netflix. The African original Netflix series will be introducing new characters on the upcoming season.
The viewers of the epic show will be happy to known that original cast members of the drama series are all back for the new season. Fans can look forward to seeing their faves including Natasha Thahane, Cindy Mahlandu and Ama Qamata, among others.
Among the new faces to the most-loved show, is Leroy Siyafa. Leroy will portray the role of Sam. The character of Reece will also have more scenes in the upcoming season. Greteli Fincham plays the role of Reece. Reece will be introduced to two new friends. Katishcka Chanderlal will star as Pauline while Alzavia Abrahams will play the new role of Zayd.
NetflixSA tweeted a video of the cast of the show on Thursday, 11 February. The clip shows the cast dancing and having fun.
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