In news that should surprise no one, the world’s most watch soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, has been renewed for two more years, through the 2023-2024 season.
The Bold and the Beautiful, created by the late William J. Bell and his wife, Lee Phillip Bell, has been written and executive produced by their son Bradley since 1992, and boasts two original cast members: Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan) and John McCook (Eric Forrester).
“For 35 years The Bold and the Beautiful has been a cornerstone of our #1 Daytime lineup,” said Margot Wain, Senior Vice President, Daytime Programs, CBS Entertainment. “Congratulations to our talented cast and crew, as well as Bradley Bell, who have made this show a creative and ratings success, and thank you to B&B’s dedicated fans, whose passion for these characters and stories is unrivaled.”
“35 years ago, I would have never imagined what was in store,” said Bradley P. Bell, Executive Producer and Head Writer of The Bold and the Beautiful. “Since our premiere in 1987, it’s been a fantastic journey and incredible experience for all of us. We would not be here if not for the invaluable support of CBS and our millions of fans around the globe for their loyalty and support.”
Since its premiere on the CBS Television Network on March 23, 1987, the series has won 100 Daytime Emmy Awards and is the most-watched U.S.-produced daytime drama in the world, airing in 100 countries, with millions of viewers around the globe.
Throughout its long history, The Bold and the Beautiful has racked up many impressive stats. Here is a look at 35 years by the numbers:
- 8,734 episodes
- 393,750 pages of dialogue memorized by the cast
- 100 weddings…including a few that were cancelled and interrupted!
- 23 babies born on screen
- 1,700 sets created by the art department
- 1,793 cans of hairspray and 415 tubes of lipstick used by B&B’s Emmy Award-winning hair and makeup departments
- 100 Daytime Emmy Award wins; 306 nominations
- The show has shot in 14 cities in 11 international countries.
The Bold and the Beautiful airs weekdays on CBS.