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Days of our Lives Airs Last Episode of Its Historic Run on NBC; Heads Exclusively to Peacock Monday

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Friday marks the final airdate of Days of our Lives run on network television.  For almost 57 years, and for 14,430 episodes, the series has been a part of NBC’s afternoon line-up, and is the network’s longest-running scripted show in its history.

As previously announced, starting on Monday, September 12th, NBC will put in its place a one-hour news program, NBC News Daily.  The hourlong program is anchored byKate Snow, Aaron Gilchrist, Vicky Nguyen and Morgan Radford. It will also be streamed simultaneously on NBC News NOW and Peacock.

While NBC News Daily bows on the network, DAYS moves over Monday to Peacock where all new episodes will drop exclusively every day and very early in the morning, so you won’t have to wait later in the day for its upload.

DAYS will be part of ‘Peacock Premium’, and though a fall promotion, you can sign up to watch for $1.99/month for new subscribers or $19.99 for an entire year. This is down from its normal tier price of $4.99 a month.

When speaking on the shift to Peacock, DAYS executive producer, Ken Corday told Soap Opera Digest: “You will probably be getting more show content after February of next year (the show currently has episodes filmed through February 2023) because we don’t have to limit the show to 38 minutes with 22 minutes of commercial time. On Peacock, with the lower subscription, you get four minutes of commercial time, and with the higher subscription, you get no commercial time. So, that’s good. Also, the broadcast quality on streaming is better than network broadcast from transmitters, just a technical point.”

Within its history, Days of our Lives was the first soap opera to broadcast in color when it debuted on November 8, 1965.   The show was expanded from 30 to 60 minutes back on April 21, 1975.   The soap opera is currently renewed through September 2023.

Congratulations to cast, crew and creatives for an amazing achievement on network television and now on to the next leg of Days of our Lives journey into streaming.

Share your thoughts on knowing today is DAYS final episode on NBC and let us know if you have signed up to watch all-new episodes starting Monday on Peacock, in the comment section below.

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Can you please find out if they will ever address the Bo is alive story? And will they finally add old episodes to Peacock so die hard fans can go back and watch some of the epic storylines of the past?

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The “old episodes” thing was just a rumor, and Hell only knows where it started. Peacock itself is probably capable of streaming an entire archive of the show… as evidenced by the fact that you can pull up all 47 past seasons of Saturday Night Live on the site right now. But that’s because NBC owns SNL and Peacock is under the same corporate umbrella (Scumcast) as NBC. NBC has never OWNED Days of Our Lives (even though it has never aired anywhere else in the US) so they don’t have control over where all the old tapes – going… Read more »

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They used old tapes for new shows for AMC and OLTL. I hadn’t ever heard about that being the case with Days. NBC can also always license the archive of past shows to their streaming service the same way Paramount+ has with Y&R and B&B.

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The CBS soaps don’t air in Hell, so I don’t keep track of them, but they are both owned by Sony, so if they have done that for Paramount+, then they should be able to do it for Peacock. Assuming the original tapes still exist, and somebody at Peacock/Scumcast is willing to set up the server space for such a large archive.

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Satan – Peter Reckell did not need to fly in from New Zealand to do the YouTube video. He could have done it in the comfort of home

Satan
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Satan

Sure he “could have”. But since his promo is shot on the same DiMera mansion set (right under Stefano’s portrait) as most of the similar promos were, it’s not at all likely that they would reproduce the set for him at home in New Zealand.

And it doesn’t look like a “deep fake”/green screen type of CGI trickery either.

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They stated for a fact multiple seasons will now be available but i don’t know if that’s as of the 12th or next February.

JJ
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YouTube has all the classic content you could ever want!

carol green
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I dont know what is happening I dont get peacock.Frankly I am not happy about the move.To replace it with another news show is garbage.They have new shows on from 4 am to 1pm.What a load of crap.Bring back Days.

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‘NBC News Daily’ Hits Rock Bottom In Ratings Premiere Week

While networks have seen a collective erosion over the years of the soap opera viewing audience, they are still the most loyal and fierce of any entertainment genre.

With NBC’s decision to take Days of our Lives off of the network after nearly 57 years, and replace it with another daytime news program, they would surely have a rocky road ahead of them to capture viewers in that time slot; especially now that DAYS was moved exclusively to NBCUniversal’s streaming platform, Peacock.

Nothing was more proof positive of that, than the first week ratings and performance of NBC News Daily.

The news show which premiered on Monday, September 12th came in last for the ratings period of all daytime shows for the week.

According to SON: NBC News Daily averaged 935,000 viewers, was last among Total Viewers and last in the key demo ratings: Women 18-49 (tie) and Women 25-54.

In comparison to DAYS last week on NBC, and a year ago, NBC News Daily was down -744,000 and -762,000 viewers, respectively.

NBC News Daily features the latest national and international news, plus consumer, health, and personal finance segments and is hosted by Kate Snow, Aaron Gilchrist, Morgan Redford and Vicky Nguyen.

So, will ‘NBC News Daily’ find itself facing the same fate as ABC’s defunct ‘Revolution’, which replaced One Life to Live, and lasted only six months, or will the news program somehow turn a ratings corner? Does NBC really care one way or the other? Share your thoughts below.

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Alison Sweeney Signs New Multi-Picture Overall Deal with Hallmark

Days of our Lives favorite, Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady) has signed a multi-picture overall  deal with the Hallmark Media.

According to Deadline, as part of Sweeney’s new deal she will star and executive produce A Magical Christmas Village with also stars Luke McFarlane and Marlo Thomas.  The movie will premiere later this year during the Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas.

In story, Sweeney plays Summer, an architect living in a small town where she’s raising her young daughter Chloe. When her mother Vivian (Thomas) finds herself in need of a place to live, her orderly life becomes a little less so after inviting Vivian to move in with them during this transition. Upon arrival, Vivian sets up an heirloom, miniature Christmas village resembling their town, and tells Chloe it grants Christmas wishes. As Chloe begins setting up the figurines, real-life events seem to mimic the scenes she creates, including Summer’s chance meeting with Ryan (Macfarlane), a newcomer to their community.

In a statement on inking the pact with Hallmark Media, Sweeney shared: “I am thrilled to continue to work with Hallmark as they continue to support my work as an actress and as a producer. I’m very proud of our Christmas movie and excited for the future projects to come!”

Lisa Hamilton Daly, Executive Vice President, Programming, Hallmark Media, added:  “Alison Sweeney has been an incredible creative partner for us over the years – both on screen as well as behind the camera as a producer. She’s long been a fan favorite and we can’t wait to continue our work together as we bring new stories to life.”

Sweeney has been making story arc visits to Days of our Lives in recent years.  No word if she will be making a return to the series now that its permanently on Peacock.

So, will you be checking out Alison’s new movie when it comes out in time for holiday season? Comment below.

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DAYS Alum Mark Hapka to Play Johnny Depp in Tubi Film on Heard/Depp Trial

That didn’t take long! A TV movie based on the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard defamation case is set to have its premiere on September 30th on Tubi.

Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial will follow the tumultuous relationship in court and out of Depp and his ex-wife in a dramatization of the two-month long defamation trial that captivated the public.

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Taking on the role of motion-picture star Johnny Depp will be none other than former Days of our Lives cast member, Mark Hapka (Ex-Nathan Horton). Hapka played Nathan from 2007-2011 on the daytime drama series.

Megan Davis will star opposite Hapka in the role of Aquaman star, Amber Heard.

In a statement, Adam Lewinson, Chief Content Officer for Tubi, shared:  “Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial has ‘Hot Take’ in the title for a reason.  With our partners at MarVista, this Tubi Original was fast-tracked into production to capture a timely take on a story that became part of the cultural zeitgeist, painting a unique picture of what millions watched play out in the headlines over the summer.”

So, what are your thoughts of the casting of Hapka as Depp, and do you think it’s too soon for a movie based on a trial that just wrapped a few months ago in June to be released? Comment below.

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