Carolyn Hinsey Dishes Editing People's Bold and Beautiful 30th Anniversary Edition (Exclusive)

Soap journalist talks plum editing assignment.
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Soap journalist talks plum editing assignment.

It's only her opinion that there is darn good reason CBS Daytime's The Bold and the Beautiful has been one of the world's most watched television shows for practically its entire 30-year run!

I caught up with veteran entertainment journalist Carolyn Hinsey to find out what went into editing People magazine's special edition commemorating B&B's 30th anniversary (on newsstands now).  Hinsey shared how she and the editors of People selected images for the front and back covers, as well as within the pages of the history-rich book. Read on!

Daytime Confidential: People's special issue commemorating the 30th anniversary of The Bold and the Beautiful is an incredible read! How did you get such a fun gig editing the project?

Carolyn Hinsey: Thanks! I have a good friend at People magazine (executive editor Kate Coyne) who reached out to me and asked if I'd be available to work on a special issue about B&B's 30th anniversary. I was thinking about returning to Digest so the timing was perfect. Luckily the mags aren't in direct competition so I could do both.

DC: Long before there was Bennifer vs. Brangelina, B&B creator Bill Bell pretty much invented couple wars on the 30-minute sudser. There was Ridge and Caroline vs. Ridge and Brooke, Ridge and Taylor vs. Ridge and Brooke, Brooke and Eric vs... Oh, forget it. Brooke has been a factor in pretty much every equation! Did that make it a no brainer to put Katherine Kelly Lang front and center?

CH: Yes. Plus, there was tons of great art of Katherine Kelly Lang. People is a very photo-driven magazine. The art director picked that shot of her the first week for the cover and we never looked back.

DC: "Tridge" fans got a nice shot of their fave couple, as well as Don Diamont as Bill Spencer, Thorsten Kaye as Ridge, Rena Sofer and John McCook as Quinn and Eric and of course the late, great Darlene Conley as Sally Spectra. Was it hard narrowing down the essential players for the cover?

CH: Very hard. I tried to balance the current stories and cast with the show's iconic history. The classic wedding photo of Ridge and Taylor speaks to all the beautiful weddings fans will find inside, and the shot of Sally makes it clear this is a tribute issue. Of course Brooke is always in a love triangle, so Ridge and Bill made perfect sense. Eric is an original cast member, and Quinn is the current troublemaker so that was that. The back cover features Rick and Maya, Liam and Steffy, and a classic funny shot of Eric and Stephanie. I crammed in as many faves as I could!

DC: The beautiful images and retrospectives inside the book are a treat for any soap lover. From concept to finished product, how long did it take to produce?

CH: Good question. People started researching the photos in October with help from Eva Basler, B&B's crack publicist. Interviews were conducted in November and I started writing/editing full-time in December (the book went to press in early February). I must have watched 300 old B&B YouTube videos to research the photos. How much fun is that for a job?

DC: In addition to editing the B&B collector's edition for People, you're back at Soap Opera Digest, dishing out your opinions in the weekly column, "It's Only My Opinion". So, in your opinion, what does B&B need to do if it wants to celebrate its 40th anniversary?

CH: Honestly, as I write often in my Digest column, I think B&B is in great shape. As long as they keep balancing hot love triangles with humor like the Spectra gang, they'll continue to be a 'showstopper.' Airing every day in over 100 countries doesn't hurt either... Ch-ching!

The Bold and the Beautiful officially turns 30 on March 23, 2017. Pick up your copy of People's B&B commemorative issue at a newsstand near you!