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Soap opera's kisses outwit virus with tests, spouses, dolls

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Posted at 11:34 AM, Jul 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 11:35:18-04

LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood’s technical expertise can awe us with monsters and imaginary worlds.

But is it capable of delivering a simple screen kiss during a pandemic marked by masks and social distancing?

Yes, according to the producer who is making that happen for CBS' “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

The daytime serial is among the first TV series to resume taping after an industry-wide production shutdown in March.

The soap opera is relying on health advisers and coronavirus safeguards to bring cast and crew members together.

There’s also ingenuity involved, including employing the real-life partners of “The Bold and the Beautiful” stars including Denise Richards as stand-ins for romantic scenes.