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Looks like NBC is keeping the sands in the hourglass running for another year. TVLine confirmed that NBC’s long running, and only remaining, soap opera Days of our Lives has been renewed for its 52nd season.
“We feel so privileged to be able to continue the remarkable legacy of Days of our Lives. We thank (exec producer) Ken Corday and his team for their incredible accomplishments and look forward to all the stories from Salem that will continue to unfold,” Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, said.
Corday also commented on the show’s renewal, saying “It’s a great day in Salem… We are grateful to our incredible network and longstanding partner Sony for their continued support, and we look forward to what the future will bring under the new creative direction of the show. I’m especially proud to be able to shepherd Days into the new season, continuing my parents dream and the show’s legacy.”
The renewal of the show seemed up in the air at the beginning of the year. Rumors began to swirl that Days of our Lives would get canceled to make way for Megyn Kelly’s daytime program that’s part of her deal with NBC News.
However, Bob Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman, tried to reassure fans of the show, saying “Everybody assumed that she would kill that show. And that’s a bad assumption.”
Throughout the last few months, the show has undergone some changes, including the loss of one of the mainstay villains. Joseph Mascolo, who played Stefano DiMera on and off since the 80s, died in December 2016, according to NBC News.
Mascolo’s last episode of Days of our Lives just aired in early February, where Stefano once again escaped from prison, proving that The Phoenix, as he was nicknamed by the various Salemites, can escape just about anything.
Another big change is one that’s happening behind-the-scenes. TVLine reported that Dena Higley stepped down from the co-head writer position and that Ron Carlivati would be taking over. Ryan Quan, who was Higley’s co-head writer, is now a creative consultant for the show, along with Sheri Anderson, who was a head writer during the show’s heyday in the 80s and ushered in supercouples like Bo (Peter Reckell) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans).
Currently, there’s only four soap operas still on the air: NBC’s Days of our Lives, ABC’s General Hospital, and CBS’ The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful.
Days of our Lives airs weekdays on NBC, with most markets airing the show at 1 p.m.