As if Aspen doesn’t have enough drama going on, more is sure to come its way when soap opera the “Bold and the Beautiful” begins taping here next week.
Approximately 35 million people in 110 countries will see the backdrop of Aspen in various settings over five days in October, when the story line of a sordid love triangle between some of the daytime soap’s main characters is broadcast.
The taping, which will occur Sept. 7-9, happens on the streets of downtown Aspen, the gondola, the top of Aspen Mountain, inside the Ultimate Taxi and the private residence of the show’s executive producer and head writer, Brad Bell.
“He thought Aspen would be a perfect backdrop for this story,” said Eva Demirjian, director of communications and talent relations for the “Bold and Beautiful.” “We’re going to do some fun stuff in the gondola.”
The story line involves the show’s characters Hope Logan; her fiancé, Liam Cooper; and her stepsister, Steffy Forrester, who has her sights on Hope’s man.
Set in Los Angeles, the show centers on the Forrester family and their fashion house and publication business.
Three locals have been tapped to appear in the Aspen-specific episodes — Othello Clarke, Oliver Sharpe and Romona Bruland.
Bruland and Sharpe — both Plum TV personalities — will play employees of the family’s publication business while Clarke’s character is a friend of Rick Forrester, another character in the show, Demirjian said from her West Hollywood office.
The “Bold and the Beautiful” and its sister show, the Young and the Restless, are the top two-rated and most-watched daytime soap operas, Demirjian said.
Aspen City Clerk Kathyrn Koch confirmed that the show has applied for and received a filming permit.
The Aspen-specific shows will air Oct. 5, 6, 7, 10 and 11.
Aspen will get further widespread television coverage when “American Idol” films here Oct. 5-7 for still shots and B-roll, which is supplemental footage for the show.
Koch said the show applied for and has received a filming permit for a three-person crew to shoot around Aspen.
And Home and Garden Television (HGTV) also is coming to Aspen to film its show “Bang for your Buck,” and is looking for homeowners who want to be featured.
The show is looking to feature “fun” and “energetic” homeowners who live in mountain homes and have in the past five years done a renovation on their kitchen and/or dining room spaces. The episode will focus on three similar indoor/outdoor entertaining spaces at comparable price points. The show’s expert, Vern Yip, will then determine which of the three homeowners received the biggest bang for their buck. The winner of the episode will get a grand prize.
To request an application, contact Katie Woolsey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303 872-8678. High Noon Entertainment in Denver produces Bang For Your Buck for HGTV.