Skid Row featured in Emmy-nominated soap opera

By CHRISTINA HOAG | June 12, 2011 | 10:45 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Most storylines in "The Bold and the Beautiful" revolve around a plush Beverly Hills mansion where characters who look like magazine models manipulate and machinate for love and money.

But the soap opera's formula took an unusual detour recently, trading make-believe luxury for the true-life streets of Skid Row in shows that portrayed both stories of fictional homeless people and unscripted stories of real ones.

The four Skid Row episodes have earned nine Daytime Emmy nominations, including writing, directing, acting and outstanding drama series. The award ceremony will be held June 19 in Las Vegas.

Two of the episodes, which resemble documentaries, are a particular measure of pride for producer-head writer Bradley Bell, who says they were unlike anything he'd done in the 24 years the soap has aired.