CBS has renewed The Bold and the Beautiful for two more seasons, which will run through 2022. The long-running soap opera is currently in Season 33 and the renewal extending it through Seasons 34 and 35, according to Deadline.
Amy Reisenbach, EVP of Current Programs at CBS Entertainment, said the show "has been a cornerstone of the CBS Daytime lineup." Along with attributing its success to the "supremely talented cast, writers and producers that [head writer] Brad Bell has assembled," though she was quick to thank their loyal viewers as well. "Of course, none of this would have been possible without B&B's dedicated fans, whose passion for these characters and stories is unsurpassed. We are delighted to be able to continue to offer them a daily look into the romances and rivalries between the Forrester, Logan and Spencer families."
Bell himself also responded to the news, saying the was "thrilled to dive into years 34 and 35 of The Bold and the Beautiful." Like Reisenbach, he also thanked the show's "loyal fans who motivate us every day with their unending passion and enthusiasm." Bell started on the soap back in 1987 as a scriptwriter and held a handful of jobs before landing the head writer position in 1993, followed by an executive producer spot in 1995.
Like most of the entertainment industry, B&B temporarily shut down to help slow the spread of coronavirus. After production stopped in mid-March, the show had a few week's worth of episodes in the can. However, the network announced that they'd be running classic episodes of the show by April. The show intends to resume production by June, assuming it can be done safely. No word on whether or not the actor from the Peloton commercials will be returning, however.
The news comes months after fellow CBS soap The Young and the Restless was renewed through 2024 back in January. Meaning the show will celebrate its 50th season with all-new adventures. "The last time any other show was on top, Ronald Reagan was president, and the Berlin Wall was still standing," CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl said at the time as a testament to the show's longevity.
On Tuesday, ABC aired The Story of Soaps, which broke down the meteoric rise and steady decline of the once-ubiquitous genre. Of course, the documentary also touched on the passionate fanbases these shows carry, not to mention their significant influence on how stories are told today.