‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ Producers Blame Production Halt on ‘False Positive’ COVID-19 Tests Returned by Lab

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“The Bold and the Beautiful” was compelled to place a quick stopper in manufacturing final week, to be able to improve its COVID-19 testing capacities to accommodate  “the large volume of testing needed.”

Now, the long-running CBS cleaning soap’s producer Bell-Phillip Television has issued a press release blaming the manufacturing delays on the testing lab offered by TV City, the place the sequence shoots, which returned “several false positive” outcomes. The assertion categorically denies that any of the forged and crew examined had been confirmed to be constructive for COVID-19, and says that it’s going to change to a brand new lab for testing going ahead.

Production was imagined to resume right this moment, however the plan is as an alternative to begin once more June 24, per a spokesperson for Bell-Phillip TV.

“The Health Department had some additional questions about the lab TV City provided ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ with last week, which produced several false positives,” mentioned the spokesperson. “Bell-Phillip Television changed labs and resolved all problems.  We have not had, nor do we have, any positive COVID-19 cases and are not ‘shut down,’ but we needed an additional day to provide them with requested information.”

“The Bold and the Beautiful” is one among the very first sequence to begin taking pictures once more, and different productions probably have a lot to glean from its speedy want for extra coronavirus testing. Given the present’s manufacturing schedule, it may doubtlessly be on course to begin airing new episodes in July.

Some of the security precautions the present is taking embody testing forged and crew continuously whereas taking pictures, having an on-set coordinator who to supervise security for the forged and crew, requiring the forged and crew to put on masks once they’re not on digicam, and staggering the quantity of individuals on set.

Production on Season 34 had beforehand shut down in mid-March, together with each different scripted and unscripted sequence throughout the nation, and the present has been airing reruns since the remaining episode it nonetheless had in the can aired on April 23.


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