Bell-Phillip Television Productions

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Televisions most watched daily serialized drama series, CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful,” will be heading back to Italy next month to film eight to ten future episodes over the course of five days in the southern Italian region of Puglia as well as in and around the Masseria San Domenico and Borgo Egnazia resorts. This marks the soaps fourth trip to Italy after Lake Como in 1997, Venice in 1999 and Portofino in 2002.

“I am excited to feature another gorgeous Italian region on ‘The Bold and the Beautiful,’” said Bradley P. Bell, Executive Producer and Head Writer in a statement. “Brooke, Ridge and our other characters will find out that even in the remote location of Puglia, you can’t run away from the drama.”

Shooting is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 7 and end on Friday, May 11, 2012 with an airdate set for around late spring on the CBS Television Network. International audiences, particularly in Italy, will not be able to see the episodes until a year later (Spring 2013) due to the international distribution setup between foreign networks and Bell-Phillip Television Productions, owner of “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

According to Bell, at least five cast members will be heading to Puglia including Ronn Moss (who portrays Ridge Forrester) and Katherine Kelly Lang (who portrays Brooke Logan). The remaining cast members set to join the two will be announced at a later date.

“The Bold and the Beautiful” is one of four daytime soaps still airing on the big three networks and the only one to routinely use the great outdoors to enhance its storytelling. In addition to recent remotes in Sydney, Australia (2007), Aspen, Colorado (2011-12) and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (2011), the drama series uses its Los Angeles roots as a backdrop, including an upcoming remote at the Bell Family estate that finds the younger generation partying around the pool area. The scenes filmed will air as a compilation of episodes with an airdate set for early April.

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