“The Bold and the Beautiful” was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award this year for its first same sex romance storyline “My Two Moms” featuring the characters of Karen and Danielle Spencer (Joanna Johnson and Crystal Chappell) and their welcoming daughter Caroline (Linsey Godfrey). Veteran “B&B” script writers (and LGBT community members) Tracey Ann Kelly and Patrick Mulcahey, along with Head Writer/Executive Producer Bradley P. Bell chatted with On-Air On-Soaps‘ Michael Fairman in an exclusive interview for FrontiersLA.com, where they opened up about the show finally tackling an LGBT-inspired story.
“I think it’s something we have all wanted to do for quite a long time,” said Bell. “I think it came about from wanting and getting bored with all the “heteros” on the show [Laughs] and wanting some variety. It was an opportunity to bring on a new couple.” Added Mulcahey, “We would bring in gay characters on the soaps in the ’80s and ’90s and they would come in for five days and weep, and then someone would love and accept them, and then they would go away forever. I am sick of that, and I never wanted to do that. Brad seemed to never want to do that, either. So the trick was to find the right core family member.” Kelly says that “It felt natural, and it wasn’t: ‘Here, look at what we’re doing.’ It was organic.”
Said Bell on the nomination, ”I was so happy for everyone involved. I am proud of the story.”
For the full interview, where the dramatists delve deeper into the tale, its characters and how it all rounded about, click here. Bell also teases a new story he has coming up for Karen and Danielle “that has a lot of twists and some real surprises!”
“B&B” will be up against “Days of our Lives” in the Outstanding Daily Drama Series category. The GLAAD ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 20.