Days of Our Lives has been the center of a whole lot of uncertainty over the past few weeks, but we like to think that we’ve got a nice dose of good news today. Yet, we wouldn’t say that this firmly alleviates every concern that is out there.
According to a new report coming in via Deadline, Ken Corday (executive producer) has announced that the NBC soap will be coming back for a season 56 — the fact that we are saying a season 56 for any show is shocking and it speaks to the series’ passionate following more so than anything else. This means that following a lengthy planned hiatus, production can get back to work crafting new episodes. Note that the renewal has yet to be confirmed by NBC, but we strongly believe that it will happen. There’s no reason for it not to at the moment.
So what is the bad news at the moment? It’s mostly than nothing is 100% resolved when it comes to the cast’s future. Reports note that Corday Productions have released actors from their contracts, which means that there may be new negotiations that need to happen in order for everyone to come back. This could prove to be a cost-saving measure and there’s no guarantee that everyone will return — you want to hope for the best, but it’s one of those situations where it’s best not to guarantee anything in advance. These sort of situations are complicated because everyone wants to get what they believe their own value is.
Odds are, more will be known about this situation over the coming months. While it’s true that ratings for soaps are not anywhere near what they once were, they do still hold appeal as generational entertainment — there are viewers out there, after all, who have been watching these shows for the entirety of their lives. It’s also a significant part of the art form of television that is going to be sorely missed in the event that it ever goes away fully.
What do you think of Days of Our Lives being renewed over at NBC?
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