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Monday, July 25, 2016
All Hell Breaks Loose When The Bold and the Beautiful Goes to Monaco
If you’re going to stage a royal mess, why not do it in Monaco? Several stars of The Bold and the Beautiful recently
traveled to the European principality for the 56th annual Monte-Carlo
Television Festival, where the CBS soap won the audience award as the
most widely watched daily drama in the world. (We’re talking 35 million
viewers in more than 100 countries.) But this was no mere red-carpet
opportunity. B&B execs used the event to shoot three big plot twists, with footage of the festival doubling as the show’s Spencer Summit.
Here’s what goes down: Fashion legend Eric Forrester (John McCook)
shows up at the Summit to announce he’s returning to Forrester Creations
as CEO, thus officially trashing the dreams of his rival sons Rick
(Jacob Young) and Ridge (Thorsten Kaye).
Lovelorn Liam Spencer (Scott
Clifton, pictured above), at the Summit to plug the new philanthropic
arm of Spencer Publications, will make a daring move for his ex-wife,
Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood), who is now married to his brother,
Wyatt (Darin Brooks). And Steffy finds out her psycho mother-in-law,
Quinn (Rena Sofer)—whom she’s banned from the family—has been bedding
Eric. Even worse, it was Quinn who urged Eric to reclaim the CEO throne,
which now puts her in a wildly powerful position. Cue the catfight.
“Steffy slaps Quinn so hard you are going to feel it at home,”
promises supervising producer Casey Kasprzyk, who says the Monaco
storyline—airing July 25 to August 8—will “rock the Spencer and
Forrester families to their core. And who knows? There may soon be a new
portrait hanging above the Forrester fireplace.” That place of honor
has gone only to two women—Eric’s late wife, Stephanie (Susan Flannery),
and transgender Maya (Karla Mosley). If Quinn were to land it, it would
be the outrage of the century. And soB&B.
Filming in Monaco wasn’t exactly a breeze. In fact, the company was
hit by a major rainstorm but even that was incorporated into the
plotline. “Anything goes when you’re shooting on the fly, and you
realize you make anything work,” says Kasprzyk. “Our actors were
incredible. They worked ridiculously long days, then promoted the show
at night. One afternoon we were madly rushing to wrap production by 4pm
because the cast had to get to the royal palace to have drinks with
Prince Albert. It was such a great problem to have.”
B&B will also use its Monaco plot to get out the word
about solar power and energy efficiency, with Clifton’s activist
character gabbing it up at the Spencer Summit with actor and
green-living expert Ed Begley Jr. and his wife, actress Rachelle Carson.
“There’s amazing progress being made with pollution and the ozone layer, and B&B weaves
it into the show perfectly,” Begley says. “You’ve got to give people
hope when you talk about the environment, and [executive producer]
Bradley Bell let us do that. It’s not all doom and gloom.” Adds Carson:
“Some people don’t want to hear Ed Begley or Al Gore on a soapbox
talking about the environment, but they might be open to their favorite
soap characters talking about it. It’s brilliant messaging, actually.
”Jim O’Heir (Parks and Recreation) and Monica Horan (Everybody Loves Raymond),
who play Matt and Kiernan, a lovey-dovey Midwestern couple on a plane
to Monaco—with Quinn stuck in the seat between them. “Matt and Kiernan
are so sweet they’re nauseating and have no concept of personal space,”
O’Heir says. “Matt spills over into Quinn’s seat and there’s a lot of
snoring and drooling and farting involved—though the latter wasn’t
necessarily in the script. Poor Rena really earned her money that day!”