Bold and the Beautiful ratings keep dropping, and bad plots are likely the blame – starting with the Thomas Forrester debacle. Social media’s aflame with complaints about Brad Bell’s direction for the CBS soap opera. Here are five problematic plots that are dragging down the show. Do you agree these need to be over and done on B&B?
#1 Thomas Forrester’s Utterly Idiotic Hope Doll Drama on Bold and the Beautiful
A man falling in love with a doll worked well in the movie Lars and the Real Girl, but it’s ridiculous on the soap. The lower ratings began even before Thomas Forrester unpacked his new obsession – his Malibu Hope Barbie. No doubt, Matthew Atkinson has the acting chops to pull this off – his talent’s not in question.
But the Thomas doll plot is insane. We’re expecting the knock to Thomas Forrester’s head re-activated a brain injury. It could be from when Brooke shoved Thomas over the cliff edge. But most viewers are turned off by Thomas being turned on by a doll on B&B.
#2 Steffy Forrester’s Descent Into Rapid Addiction on B&B
One Bold and the Beautiful watcher commented recently that Brad Bell wouldn’t be happy until he destroys Taylor Hayes’ (Hunter Tylo) and Ridge Forrester’s (Thorsten Kaye) children. Years ago, they killed Phoebe Forrester. Then, they put gorgeous Steffy (who could get any man) in a tug of war with Hope Logan (Annika Noelle) over mediocre Liam Spencer (Scott Clifton).
Then, they made her a drug addict after popping two illegal pills. Hope’s pill habit was much worse, yet she didn’t need rehab. Now, Steffy’s a druggie, and Thomas is talking to dolls… That’s the fate of the “Tridge” kids on B&B.
#3 Holier Than Thou Brooke Logan Trash-Talking Other Women on Bold and the Beautiful
Another CBS sudser issue for many fans is the raising of Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang) to a pedestal like a bastion of good behavior. The other day, Brooke said Thomas Forrester’s problem was that Taylor’s his mom. Yet it was Brooke always trying to break up their family. Brooke’s a serial cheater.
Brooke made a baby with her daughter’s husband. Yet Bell’s writing dialog for Brooke like she’s Mother Teresa in designer duds instead of the “s*** from the valley”. She started the war with Quinn Fuller (Rena Sofer) telling Eric to leave his wife. Yet Bold and the Beautiful writers forgot Brooke’s sketchy past.
#4 Julius Avant Giving His Blessing to Zende to Chase Skirt – B&B Insanity
Another piece of Bold and the Beautiful ridiculousness was the recent visit from Julius Avant (Obba Babatunde). One has to wonder if they brought in the uber-talented actor as a nod to having an Avant on-screen after Karla Mosley confirmed that the soap cut her from the cast.
No way would Julius show up and tell Zende Forrester (Delon de Metz) to forget his daughter and chase some other woman. It’s insanely out of character and stirred up a pile of negative comments on social media. Even if B&B forgot their character’s arcs and behavior, fans did not.
#5 Liam Spencer’s Obsession With Finn on Bold and the Beautiful
Steffy’s one of the most popular characters on B&B. And most viewers cheered when they finally gave her a new man with hunky Finn (Tanner Novlan). But, Liam’s “gut,” tells him something is off about Finn. And since Brooke, Hope, and Liam are never wrong when Brad Bell’s writing, it’s likely something comes out bad about Finn.
Once again, this circles back to Bell’s undeniable pro-Logan stance on Bold and the Beautiful. The Forresters can’t have nice things – unless a Logan says it’s okay. If Finn does turn out to be a bad seed, watch ratings fall some more.
Ratings Plummet – And That’s Before Disastrous Doll Drama
Bold and the Beautiful ratings dropped more than 150,000 viewers from the week before and almost 500,000 from this time last year. And that’s before Thomas pulled the bubble wrap off his new toy. We predict B&B ratings tumble again for this messy mannequin move.
Meanwhile, the CBS show’s got top talent warming the bench – like Heather Tom and Don Diamont with no storylines. With months on hiatus to revamp storylines, B&B fans are now watching Thomas Forrester talk to a doll (and fans are horrified wondering what else he’s about to do to it…). Can’t they do better?
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