Michael Fairman spoke with Brad Bell on the heels of The Bold and the Beautiful being nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Best Drama Series and Best Writing Team. The writer revealed his feelings over sister soap The Young and Restless being snubbed, and previewed storylines for Don Diamont's Bill Spencer and Rick Hearst's Whip Jones, the latter of whom, yours truly broke the news that he was returning to B&B.
MICHAEL FAIRMAN: Were you shocked there were only three nominees in the category?
BRAD BELL: Totally shocked! Maria Arena Bell (head writer and co-executive producer, “Y&R”) sent me a nice email already. It is a shock because “Y&R”, in the ratings, is by far and above the top show. It’s a brilliant show and deserves to be nominated. So, it’s hard to understand. But, it’s great to be nominated and it’s great that a show from each network is represented in the finals, and it’s great for all the networks."
While I find it shameful that B&B was nominated after how laughably bad it was for most of 2008, the fact that Bell submitted the standout episodes featuring Storm's suicide almost makes me understand why the show got the nods. Those episodes were breathtaking, in large part due to the amazing and underrated Katherine Kelly Lang. However, it also points out just how ridiculous and fruitless the Daytime Emmy nomination process is. Brad Bell is a great writer, a great writer, who for whatever reason has been penning his show atrociously for over a year, yet he managed to turn out two stellar episodes. Big surprise. Shouldn't the Emmys recognize the shows that were amazing for most of the year, like, oh I don't know, One Life to Live and The Young and the Restless?
Why should we even care about the Emmys when a soap opera that spent the better part of the nomination period having plastic Jennifer Gareis slather a 60-year-old man with honey, while brilliant actresses like Lesli Kay andSusan Flannery rode the bench, is nominated? Meanwhile the two worst male leads currently in daytime, Ron Moss and Kyle Lowder, spent the year throwing each other off the roof of the CBS building. If this is what this industry calls good drama then I see why it's dying.
Here's hoping Bell will make good on his promises to get B&B back to the show I fell in love with in the 90's. He can start by insisting that his script writers stop breaking "show, don't tell". We don't need Rick's cartoonish motivation revealed with endless dialogue. Make them watch the Adam storyline on Y&R to see how it's done. After the writing is fixed, see if Maria Arena Bell will kindly loan Actor Whisperer Paul Rauch to scream in the faces of Jacqueline MacInnes Woods, Lowder, Drew Tyler Bell and Texas Battle until they simply learn how to act. I left off Moss and Hunter Tylo because they've been on the show for 20 years and should know better. For the rest of Fairman's interview with Bell go here.