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52 January 9th, 2013 BREAKING NEWS: NBC Renews Days of Our Lives Through 2014!

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More good news for soap fans! Looks like another of their favorite daytime soaps isn’t going anywhere at the moment! NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke announced today, that NBC has officially renewed Days of our Lives through to September of 2014! And, that news comes just in time for fans to celebrate that, and the shows upcoming 12,000th episode milestone this Friday January 11th!

In an official statement Salke commented, “We are thrilled to announce that Days of Our Lives is not going anywhere. It is NBC’s longest-running drama series by far and is one of the most historic brands in television. We commend Ken Corday (EP, DAYS) and the entire creative team on continuing to keep the stories and characters fresh, exciting and relevant year after year.”

Ken Corday added: “After so many years in the homes and hearts of our loyal fans, I’m both humbled and elated to say it’s 2013 and we’re still going strong. I am equally proud that the sense of family which my mom and dad established in our show 48 years ago, is still what drives it today. As we celebrate our 12,000th episode with an amazing cast and great support from our network, we look forward to what’s yet to come!”

Steve Mosko, the SONY television executive who overseas Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless (since DAYS is co-owned by Corday Productions and Sony Pictures Television) also weighed in on the exciting renewal stating: “Days of Our Lives has maintained a loyal and dedicated fan base for more than four decades and continues to reach a new generation of viewers. We appreciate NBC’s support over the years and, as the show celebrates this significant milestone, we are thrilled that the show will continue to be a part of the NBC family.”

So soapers, what do you think?  DAYS gets a pick-up! What do you think of the future of the remaining four network soaps at this point in time?  What would you like to see happen in Salem in the coming year?  Let us know!

And a special congratulations to all of our colleagues at Days of our Lives!

 

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  1. shawn says:

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! So excited for DAYS!!!

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  2. Beacon says:

    I bet Corday thinks this gives him an excuse to rest of his laurels. The show is a disaster. It’s so incredibly mediocre and lacking in bite, allure or imagination.

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    Ces replied

    right about that!

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    MK replied

    You means, Daysaster! ;)

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    cr replied

    The show is good right now and that is my opinion, if don;t like the show do not comment on this page at all, it got renewal, get over it

    Dmitri replied

    You are right, the show right now is very sleepy and boring. A few good episodes here and there should not excuse the poor job the writers have done. I am glad DAYS has been renewed, but I think the storylines and writers need to be renewed or improve if the show wants a really big renewal.

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  3. Ces says:

    YEAH!!! Happy for the cast, happy for daytime TV, happy for the fans. Now, let’s move some story along …..

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  4. Gregg says:

    Corday/Meng and co. need to shut down production for a month or two and revamp lighting, sets, wardrobe and storyline. They should watch GH to learn how to revitalize a show. Filming three months ahead and writing farther ahead is killing the show. It’s dreary, slow and dated. There’s no reason that a show produced in Hollywood should look so awful. They need to recast Abby, bring Bo back and reestablish his children on the show. Get rid of Kate/Lucas. Recast Sonny with the guy who played Trey on GH. They need to sign T to a contract and make him a closet homosexual. Time to retire Daniel Jonas character to an STD clinic and hire Mark Hapka and put in on (half naked) five days a week.

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    Ces replied

    haha on the Daniel Jonas! T a closet homosexual? Hmm… maybe you should be writing the show :)
    I couldn’t agree with you more!!
    I think I pay more attention to Abby’s awful hair color and hairstyles than her dreadful acting and smirky smile.
    I would actually have been happy if they got RKK back but after how they treated him, I doubt he’d return. Bo is a huge loss for the show!

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    Lawrence replied

    Gregg that would be a good idea!

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    Patrick replied

    best idea yet…. T. HOT!

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Abby does NOT need a recast, their lighting and sets don’t need to be redone. DAYS is the most polished soap filmed in HD. If anything, GH needs to fix their HD. Since the new regime, it looks like a crappy filmed series.

    And it’s clear you hate all the LGBT-related themes of the song. The actor of Trey sucked, and Freddie Smith is a fantastic actor. The character of T should be banned from the series for his disgusting distaste and horrific actor.

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    Dmitri replied

    Freddie, Kate, Lauren and Bryan are great on the show, but I agree with everything else. The show MUST stop filming so far ahead if it wants to survive, because if no one likes the show, nothing can be done to change the current storylines.

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  5. MBmomof3 says:

    Congratulations DOOL! And thank you to NBC and Sony for their wisdom in knowing what daytime viewers want on their screens. Reality TV is dead! Long Live Soaps!

    It seems the soap gods and godesses are listening to our prayers. Keep the good news coming, Michael.

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    AJ replied

    “Reality TV is dead!” LOL Thanks for a good laugh. I needed that.

    This is a perfect example of why no normal average person takes some of these crazy online soap opera fans the least bit seriously. They just seem to be living on some other alternate universe than the rest of us on this planet.

    This is 2013. In case you’re unaware, soap opera viewers aren’t the only people who watch TV during the daytime in this era of 500 channels. The reality is that they make up only a small portion.

    You’re certainly entitled to like and watch soaps and want them to succeed. That’s perfectly fine and I have nothing at all against them. But please don’t put down the large group of people who enjoy other things- talk shows, game shows, judge shows, cable news, SportsCenter, HGTV, drama/sitcom repeats, etc. etc. There are many more of those people out there than you think. You and other soap fans are not so far above all of the rest of us.

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    MBmomof3 replied

    AJ…Duh, you are on a soap message board. What kind of comments do you expect? If you are so sensitive maybe soap message boards aren’t the place for you.

    Enjoy your TV viewing whatever you choose to view. Glad you have options.

    Christine replied

    MBmomof3, I didn’t think your comment warranted such negativity, but to each their own.

    Sadly I just read that FOX is going ahead with another stupid talk show – Bethenny and Steve Harvey has been renewed for another season.

    At least we soap fans still have our genre going. I don’t understand what more there is to talk about on these talk and reality shows but then I am sure the fans of these shows wonder what crazy storyline the soaps can come up with. Ha! Ha!

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    MBmomof3 replied

    Glad I was able to supply “AJ” with a good laugh. I love it when soap haters take the time to come on soap message boards just to bash the soap fans. AJ must have a lot of time on his/her/? hands.

    AJ replied

    MBmomof3,

    Gimme a break. For crying out loud, do you really think that anyone who expresses the sightest negative/pessimistic/realistic comment about a soap opera or the genre as a whole and is not a full blown shill/cheerleader waving the pom-poms 24/7 is a “soap hater”? Is it that black and white to you? If you can’t tolerate any differing opinions, then go somewhere else.

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    MBmomof3 replied

    AJ, you are the one “crying out loud” because someone’s opinion differs from yours. Your comment was intolerant of my opinion. If you react so strongly to differing viewpoints, perhaps you should avoid my posts and I will do the same. Enjoy your TV viewing.

    Dmitri replied

    While Reality TV is declining, it is still on. But everything else you said is spot on!

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  6. Pat says:

    Glad for DOOL to get more time to try to right the ship. But the show needs to get its act together already and has to start listening to viewer feedback more or the ratings will keep going down. Is Ms. Salke actually watching the same show that we’re watching? That’s impossible, because hardly any of DOOL’s stories and characters are “fresh, exciting, and relevant year after year” these days. LOL

    Do Ms. Salke, Ken Corday, and his staff really believe that DOOL is near the top of its creative game right now? If they do, then this show and the daytime soap genre is in deep trouble. It moves so slowly and is so boring right now that I and several people I know have literally fallen asleep watching it.

    No one cares about Daniel and Jennifer, so please stop shoving them down our throats all the time. And it would definitely help if they did not shoot 3-4 months ahead of airing. That’s unacceptable and way too much time for a soap to get accurate feedback on what’s working and what’s not. 4-6 weeks at most, please. Get a clue with that already.

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    Ces replied

    Oh, but now we get Chloe/Daniel/jennifer — whoopee!! Shooting so far ahead is ridiculous!

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    Chris replied

    1) “We commend Ken Corday (EP, DAYS) and the entire creative team on continuing to keep the stories and characters fresh, exciting and relevant year after year.” – NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke

    I agree with you. I fell out of my chair laughing while reading that. She obviously has not watched the show recently. Not sure what show’s creative team she’s overseeing. It’s certainly not this one. Wake up, Ms. Salke!

    2) “…elated to say it’s 2013 and we’re still going strong.” – DAYS EP Ken Corday

    Right on again. Going strong with 2.2-2.3 million viewers?! Mr. Corday needs to wake up out of bed already and get a dose of reality. He really thinks this show is in strong shape? Unbelievable. It’s nothing but a slow-as-molasses, recycled snoozefest.

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    Lawrence replied

    Chris you nailed it big time. 2.2 million viewers, fresh, creativity? I think Ken Corday and Jennifer Salke is suffering from delusionment.

    MK replied

    GH rocks because they are only 2 weeks ahead and can make changes. Chloe should have returned months ago. I love Sonny, but I think Will had more heat with Chad. Where in the hell is Stefano? They brought him back to life just to back burner him. the Sami/EJ/Rafe story is BORING and Repetitive.

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    Dmitri replied

    I agree with you 100%, but for me the is a bigger problem than Disgustifer: Sami and her men! WAY overdone! Shooting far ahead is killing the soap! They need to take a few months break!

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  7. Derrick says:

    Great news!!

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  8. Christine says:

    I watched DOOL many years ago before it forayed into the supernatural. I do not watch it currently and do not have plans to watch in the future as I am watching the other three soaps. That being said, I am THRILLED for the genre that NBC is keeping it and that Sony is dedicated to continuing with it.

    It should be interesting at the end of this year or beginning of next as to what Sony and CBS’ plans for Y&R are since it was renewed through 2014.

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  9. Jules says:

    I’m proud that this show was renewed! The lone soap on NBC continues to live on even as most of the attention around soaps has been about its failures and dissolution. While I wish it would have been a 2 year pick up like last time, I’ll certainly take another year!

    Thank you NBC, Sony and Comcast! Such great news happening in the soap world these days, and if something were to have happened to DAYS right now, all the other news would have meant nothing to me.

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    I think a 1½ year renewal is smart. It’ll give them time to see how it plays out until fall. I’m sure by this September/October timeframe NBC and Comcast will match up a deal to probably renewal for another year or two.

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  10. Barb says:

    Whatever – stopped watching the show after they fired Matt Ashford for the umpteenth time.

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Matt is far from a superb actor, and Jack’s return this last time made ZERO sense and was a waste of a paycheck for an actor.

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    Dmitri replied

    I agree Jack’s return made no sense, but I think he was a good actor and deserved more of a storyline.

  11. Michael says:

    I LUV Days!

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  12. Mary SF says:

    In this day and age very few shows if any get any long term commitments anymore from networks, so getting another year is great- I agree shooting so far in advance is hurting the show. They can’t do anything timely because they can’t make quick adjustments to change course if need be. But my biggest burning question at the moment is– if Parker is Daniel’s and Chloe’s child- then why on earth did the casting people over there cast a blond hair, fair skin child that looks more like Phillip than anyone else? Really it makes no sense to me-

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  13. Ann says:

    DAYS is slow, bland and flat out boring! They film too far ahead to make any changes so people lose interest and stop bothering to watch. The ratings prove this. They pretty much need to fix everything. Even their highly touted Will and Sonny storyline is boring. They won’t make it past 2014 if they don’t fix this mess.

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    Pat replied

    I agree 100%. It’s good that Days got a 1-year renewal/reprieve, but they were very lucky. There are still a myriad of problems with the show. It’s been almost unwatchable since just after the Olympics, and the record low ratings prove it. Ken Corday and the producers/writers need to wake up already. They cannot have a false sense of security and think/act as if the show is in strong shape- far from it. If things don’t pick up in the next year, NBC might not be so generous next time around. Obviously, reading the second paragraph above, Jennifer Salke hasn’t been near a TV at 1 pm in quite some time.

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    cr replied

    We should be glad it got renewal, I watch 3 out 4 soaps, y&r still needs work as well and do not get me started with B&B, we need all realize this not the 80s ( the golden age of soaps) they all to need to be reivented.

    Dmitri replied

    I agree, I often read the recaps rather than watching the show itself. Too much of a waste of time

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  14. Chris says:

    If Days’ ratings don’t pick up soon, I wouldn’t be surprised if some NBC stations decide to move it to 2 am. Given the show’s quality recently, it would be a great cure for insomnia.

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  15. Lawrence says:

    Still going out strong? Days has been last in the ratings for the last 4 months? So i think Ken Corday thinks this is a greenlight for them to write crap stories until next year

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  16. RJ4 says:

    Congrats Days team! Now, write some interesting story lines. So many possibilities. You have some good characters and actors, but you have to put them in some intriquing story lines that will make us keep tuning in! This is your opportunity to shine! You can do it! Let’s make it to the 50th anniversary!

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  17. cr says:

    I so glad that show got a renewnal.

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  18. Patrick says:

    Hello Michael Fairman -

    HELP! Can you puhlease do an article on what the ratings are with DAYS AND GH going HEAD TO HEAD in most all the markets and time zones?

    I understand that DAYS is last and, of the 4… may not be all that….

    die hard DrOOL FANS need to know it’s not doing and/or performing that badly.

    and, how about… (IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY-BUDGET?) that DAYS films 3-4 months in advance and thus, the other 3 are 6 weeks.

    DAYS – SONY – Comcast – PLEASE, UNDERSTAND AND LISTEN TO THE FANS…
    FILM IN THE SAME TIME-FRAME AS THE OTHER SOAPS.

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    Christine replied

    Patrick, I think Michael Fairman just gets the information and posts it here. You are probably better off trying to get the answer from someone at TV By The Numbers or Soap Opera Network.

    I know for the overnight network ratings people have asked for specific details and sometimes they have gotten them.

    There is also Marc Berman at TV Media Insights.

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    Patrick replied

    Thanks… I realized that after the fact…. I think it was you tho, that already posted that GH and DAYS are in fact competing with each other… so… as a die hard fan.. of soaps… and celebrating DAYS as much as i can, i get my two cents in.

  19. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    Congrats to DAYS getting it’s much needed renewal. It’s been an A quality show since its relaunch in September 2011! I hope everyone who bashes this series can finally shut up and move along. DAYS is not going anywhere. It’s here to stay and Sony/NBC/Corday is going to make sure that happens!

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  20. richard says:

    I definitely agree that its time to can the Daniel Jonas character and while you’re at it, take Cameron with him!!!!! I’d rather see them write for Billie Reed!!! She was SO wasted this last go round!!! They shouldve brought back Chelsea if they weren’t gonna reuinte her with Bo. And what the hell are they thinking making Parker Daniel’s son??? The Kiriakis are a major family on DAYS and this will make the 2nd time Philip has lost a child bc of a paternity screwup!!! He previously lost Claire to Shawn Brady……so sad…….Daniel and Jennifer Are NOT working……pair her with Rafe and finally put Sami with EJ!!! Kristen’s return however, is the best thing going right now!!!! And heat up Eric’s story!!!!!!!!!

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    Patrick replied

    Spot on! nice take.

    say what one will about Lisa Rinna… she had major acting chops with Robert Kelker-kelly… and thankfully it wasn’t Peter Reckell on.. at the time… The supercouple mode has held back many a possible story line… like Crystal Chappelle… Both Billie and Carly had major chemistry with Bo…. it was fan response that held these two ladies back. Lisa Rinna has a lot of upbeat, bubbly, energy that is FUN… so she’s seen as a bubble head at times… but, she will always be remembered as Billie… and I still follow her career… to this day. This time around… it was the writers and producers who let her down as well.

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  21. Emily says:

    Yay Days!:) I’ve been enjoying the return of Kristen DeMira and the scenes w/Marlena and John, the writing,dialogue and acting w/them the other day was awesome. I like they didn’t make Kristen the direct 3rd party (triangle),but it was John and Marlena putting their cards on the table about believing each other, trust, (Marlena saying I tried to tell u, but u wouldn’t believe me), etc…Which I think alot of couples can relate to. I know I did. They all look like they’re having fun w/that s/l, grateful for Days and giving it their all. I like Chloe coming back too. Here’s to more Days:)

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  22. Dmitri says:

    Congrats Days! It is my favorite show! However, it needs MUCH improvement! Stop filming so far ahead- take a break and film just three weeks ahead, like the other soaps. It will allow for more fan approval in the future. Put Sami with Lucas and leave them alone! Rafe should be with Nicole and EJ should be alone! Give Chloe an interesting storyline and bring her back full-term! Backburn Daniel and Jennifer! You can leave them together as long as we do not have to see them 24/7. Marlena and John need to reunite and have a new storyline. The Kristen thing is overdone. Put Brady back with Chloe-his storyline with Kristen is boring. Bring back Stefano and have him and Kate get married again. Have Gabi miscarry, let her and Nick become better people, get married and have a family of their own. Abigail should be with Chad, as her Cameron relationship was not interesting in the least. Bring back Melanie and Nathan, and have them get married and be doctors sort of like the new Tom and Alice Horton of the show, but much younger. Have Kristen leave Salem. We do not need more conniving on the show by her, since her schemes are nothing new and inreresting. Let her truly change, or have her go. Leave Eric as a priest, he is boring with Nicole. Let’s see Rafe and Nicole have a baby of their own, and see EJ truly change and try to get her back. Have Carrie lose her child and divorce Austin. She can come back, and Rafe and her can be together, as can Nicole and EJ.

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