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NBC renews soap opera Days of our Lives for record 56th season… 2 months after cancellation fears

NBC renews soap opera Days of our Lives for record 56th season… two months after cancellation fears

  • The iconic soap opera is the network’s longest-running series
  • DOOL has aired nearly every weekday since its 1965 debut
  • In November, producers allegedly ‘released entire cast from their contracts’

On Wednesday, NBC renewed its longest-running series Days of our Lives for a 56th season to start production in March.

Executive producer Ken Corday said in a statement: ‘We are excited to continue delivering compelling stories to our loyal family of fans into this new decade.’

The renewal came two months after TVLine ominously claimed the producers ‘released the entire ensemble from their contracts’ in a ‘shrewd move’ to push (some of) the cast to settle for ‘reduced rates.’  

Cheers! On Wednesday, NBC renewed its longest-running series Days of our Lives for a 56th season to start production in March (pictured November 8)

Impressively, the iconic soap opera – set in the fictional Midwest suburban town of Salem – has aired nearly every weekday since creators Ted & Betty Corday debuted it on November 8, 1965.

Days of our Lives chronicles three families – the dynastic DiMeras, the middle-class Bradys, and the upper-class Hortons.

Longtime DOOL castmembers include Suzanne Rogers, Susan Seaforth Hayes, Bill Hayes, Eileen Davidson, and John Aniston – whose famous daughter Jennifer spoofed the soap on her NBC sitcom Friends. 

Executive producer Ken Corday said in a statement: 'We are excited to continue delivering compelling stories to our loyal family of fans into this new decade'

Executive producer Ken Corday said in a statement: ‘We are excited to continue delivering compelling stories to our loyal family of fans into this new decade’

On the brink of cancellation? The renewal came two months after TVLine ominously claimed the producers 'released the entire ensemble from their contracts' in a 'shrewd move' to push (some of) the cast to settle for 'reduced rates'

On the brink of cancellation? The renewal came two months after TVLine ominously claimed the producers ‘released the entire ensemble from their contracts’ in a ‘shrewd move’ to push (some of) the cast to settle for ‘reduced rates’

Still going strong! Impressively, the iconic soap opera - set in the fictional Midwest suburban town of Salem - has aired nearly every weekday since creators Ted & Betty Corday debuted it on November 8, 1965

Still going strong! Impressively, the iconic soap opera – set in the fictional Midwest suburban town of Salem – has aired nearly every weekday since creators Ted & Betty Corday debuted it on November 8, 1965

The 57-time Emmy-winning daytime serial has been watched by the likes of Oscar winner Julia Roberts, cyberbullying activist Monica Lewinsky, and the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall.

But Days is probably best known for its opening ‘Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives’ voiced by the late Macdonald Carey (who played Dr. Tom Horton).  

'Love you, papa!' Longtime DOOL castmembers include Suzanne Rogers, Susan Seaforth Hayes, Bill Hayes, Eileen Davidson, and John Aniston (L) - whose famous daughter Jennifer (R) spoofed the soap on her NBC sitcom Friends

‘Love you, papa!’ Longtime DOOL castmembers include Suzanne Rogers, Susan Seaforth Hayes, Bill Hayes, Eileen Davidson, and John Aniston (L) – whose famous daughter Jennifer (R) spoofed the soap on her NBC sitcom Friends

Famous fans: The 57-time Emmy-winning daytime serial has been watched by the likes of Julia Roberts, Monica Lewinsky, and the late Thurgood Marshall

Famous fans: The 57-time Emmy-winning daytime serial has been watched by the likes of Julia Roberts, Monica Lewinsky, and the late Thurgood Marshall

Episode one! But Days is probably best known for its opening 'Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives' voiced by the late Macdonald Carey (L, pictured with Frances Reid in 1965)

Episode one! But Days is probably best known for its opening ‘Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives’ voiced by the late Macdonald Carey (L, pictured with Frances Reid in 1965)

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