'The Bold And The Beautiful' Plans On Revealing A Gay Character In May, And Crystal Chappell Joins The Show, Highlight Hollywood News

Leave it to three-time Emmy Award winning executive producer and head writer Bradley P. Bell for not caring what the naysayers have to say; ever! And for doing what he believes in his gut is the right storyline at the right time. I knew Brad’s father very well, and I can honestly say; Bill Bell would be so proud of Brad!  We all are!  Entertainment Weekly broke the news on Wednesday that CBS’s “The Bold and the Beautiful” plans to bring back a popular character from “Guiding Light” to help launch its first-ever lesbian storyline.

Actress Crystal Chappell, who was last seen playing Olivia, the popular lesbian lover of Natalia (Jessica Leccia) on “Guiding Light” — will portray Danielle, the other mother of Caroline Spencer (Linsey Godfrey), Caroline was introduced last month as the never-before-seen daughter of Karen Spencer, who is played by longtime “B&B” favorite Joanna Johnson. Johnson returned to the show last month to begin the romantic story line.

Caroline already knows she has two mothers, but the good people of Los Angeles (where “B&B” is based) don’t know the truth. She’ll reveal it to boyfriend Thomas Forrester and her uncle — and Karen’s brother — Bill Spencer, played by the handsome and talented Don Diamont. The episodes that will include the Chappell’s debut will air in mid-May.

The CBS soaps have aired gay story lines before: Besides the popular Olivia-Natalia storyline on “Guiding Light,” there was also Luke and Noah (Van Hansis and Jake Silbermann) on “As the World Turns.” But this is a first for B&B, CBS’ half-hour sudser that’s been on the network since 1987.

Meanwhile, NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” is struggling to gain traction with its first-ever gay story line that began last summer. Though the soap ended up making far sexier moves, bringing back fan faves like Deidre Hall, Drake Hogestyn, Patrick Muldoon and Christie Clark, the changes are in order to vamp of the show’s lagging storylines and ratings.

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