It’s a typical soap opera dilemma: a woman with two loves must make a choice. For writer and actress Joanna Johnson, the decision was between playing Karen on The Bold and the Beautiful or becoming an executive producer on The Fosters, a groundbreaking drama about a lesbian couple and their adopted children.
The Fosters quickly became one of ABC Family’s biggest hits, and B&B cut short its own planned lesbian storyline. After The Fosters TCA panel, Johnson revealed she would like to return to B&B and shared how Bill Bell has inspired her writing.
Daytime Confidential: Have you been speaking with Brad Bell about returning to The Bold and the Beautiful?
Joanna Johnson: You know what’s funny is, Brad Bradeweg who is one of my [writing] partners on The Fosters, a couple times I have [meant to] email him and emailed Brad Bell instead. Brad Bell always writes something funny back like, “Yeah, I think that’s a good idea. You should do that on your show.” But we do talk. The last time I went back he called me himself and said, “I don’t want to recast. Is there any way you can comeback if I consolidate the story as fast as I can?” and that’s when Heather Tom’s character takes over the company. Then my daughter [Caroline] got married and I was going to go back for the wedding, but they decided to do an elopement story. But we’re still in contact and I would love to go back… I wish I could do both but it’s really hard. I did it a little and it was running from CBS to Warner Brothers and trying to stay on top of things and it was just memorizing a lot of lines on top of [writing.]
Switched at Birth and The Fosters are set to debut their new seasons on Monday, Jan. 13. Both ABC Family soaps deal with nontraditional blended families, and the ties that bind families will still be the most important thing when the programs return for their winter season. READ MORE
Katie and Her Sapphic Sisters-in-Law Celebrate Bill's Corporate Castration on Bold and Beautiful! (VIDEO)By Jamey Giddens on July 16, 2013
Grrl power is in full effect today on CBS Daytime's The Bold and the Beautiful. A newly-empowered Katie Logan Spencer (Heather Tom) rejoices with Karen (Joanna Johnson) and Danielle (Crystal Chappell), after fully seizing control of Spencer Publications.
Elsewhere in SoCal, Karen and Dani's scheming daughter, Caroline (Linsey Godfrey) is still trying to utilize a web series—and hunky Carter (Lawrence Saint-Victor)—to bust up Maya (Karla Mosley) and Rick (Jacob Young). Watch a sneak peek of today's B&B after the jump! READ MORE
Joanna Johnson has a full plate these days. The Bold and the Beautiful guest star is gaining raves reviews for the new ABC Family series The Fosters, which she’s co-executive producing (under the leadership of some chick named Jennifer Lopez). TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan spoke with Johnson, where she revealed the risk she took with show and if she will be back on B&B.
TV Guide Magazine: Word is, you turned down another series hoping the pilot for The Fosters would get picked up. True?
Johnson: Peter and Brad made a beautiful pilot, which I had nothing to do with. I met with them after it had been filmed and got very excited, even though I had an offer to do another show that was all set to shoot. Since The Fosters hadn't yet received a pickup from ABC Family, my agents said, "You gotta take the sure thing." In this business, you don't say no to work, but I really wanted to do The Fosters. It was so worth taking the risk. I couldn't stand the idea that it would get picked up and I'd be working on some other show, playing it safe. I would have kicked myself forever. This show can achieve so much! It's a great opportunity to raise awareness and inspire people to open up their hearts and get into the foster-care program. READ MORE