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Days of our Lives Receives 2-Year Renewal from NBC

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For the first time since 2014, Days of our Lives has received not just a one-year, but a two-year renewal, from NBC ending the suspense of another renewal negotiations between the series, the network, and Sony.

According to Deadline that broke the good news this will take the long-running and beloved daytime drama series through its 57th and 58th seasons on the air.  In anticipation of the pick-up, the producers had been making if-come deals with key cast members, including signing a new contract with Days favorite Robert Scott Wilson (Ben Weston) and bringing in Jackée Harry  Paulina) who was recurring at first to be more full-time on the show.

In statements on the DAYS pick-up, Michael Sluchan, EVP, Scripted Series & Kids Programming, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming shared: “We couldn’t be happier to bring our loyal fans two more seasons of Days of our Lives and continue what has been an absolutely remarkable achievement in television. A big thank you to Ken Corday and the cast and crew for their incredible passion for storytelling that continues to reach new generations of viewers.”

DAYS EP, Ken Corday shared: “After more than 55 years of bringing drama, adventure and romance to screens around the world, we are thrilled and honored to carry on the Days of our Lives legacy for another two years. We are thankful to NBC for their enduring commitment to the show and grateful to continue this wonderful journey with our fans for years to come.”

Sony EVP, Programming Steve Kent added: “We are incredibly proud of the work being done by Ken Corday, the cast and crew. They continue to tell bold stories through these iconic characters captivating audiences around the world.  We are thrilled to continue the legacy of Days of our Lives and for viewers to enjoy two more seasons.”

So, thrilled to hear about the two-year pick-up for DAYS? Share your congrats to the show via the comment section below.

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Momo
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Momo

YAY!!!! Good news.

Caroline Ruest
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Caroline Ruest

Yay

Satan
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Satan

Well thank Hell for that!

Actually surprised they got two years, given the trainwreck of ReRon’s writing, but maybe they’ll take the hint, hire some competent writers, and get the ratings up over the next two years, so we aren’t all nervous as a hooker in church when the next renewal comes up!

anne
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anne

I don’t believe that any new writers will be able to fix the train wreck that is now DOOL not after the current debacles. Jumping ahead one year so all of sudden we are given Kristin, Sarah, Xander and kidnapped baby? Hope Brady removed from the show? Jennifer Devereaux removed from the show? Making Abigail crazy again because the writers don’t know what else to do? Killing off Laura Horton because it was too difficult to write a well crafted story line showing her having to deal with both continued condemnation and seeking forgiveness from Gwen, Jack, Jennifer, Abigail and… Read more »

Delonjo Barber
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Delonjo Barber

My heart can beat again!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

That is SO unexpected! I’m so happy for the Days actors, crew, etc. I’m shocked that it was for a two year deal. They need better writers. It’s past time to give Ron, head writer his walking papers. And bring Greg Meng back as EP. What surprising and wonderful news about the two year renewal… it’s made my day. Go Days! Improvements are needed across the board. Bring back Maggie and Victor when they are ready to come back. I’m speculating that they away because of Covid. And, give Cady McClain a contract. And, get back the old Claire. And… Read more »

anne
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anne

John Anniston may never agree to come back to DOOL. At age 87, he may choose to enjoy retirement.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Well, I think John Aniston will return briefly, someday soon, I hope, and perhaps the show will have Victor pass away at some point. The actor who plays Doug is like 94 or something and we last saw him, and Julie last fall/Xmas especially when Jennifer and Jack had a storyline going on. Hopefully, Maggie will return too! I think if it’s about retirement for the older actors that’s cool and I would respect their decisions. My hope is that I would like to see them all return someday soon for closure, if need be, or when they may feel… Read more »

denisefan
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denisefan

Now its time to hire a writing team that can create character-driven stories.

John Gainor
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John Gainor

I watch the show, and I’m glad that it has been renewed – That being said, holy smoke do they EVER need some innovative Writers on this show – I don’t mind new characters coming aboard, and I respect and encourage diversity, but they need to write some interesting story lines, they can’t just keep having Kristin putting on a rubber mask and pretending to be Kate or Nicole or Sara…I mean, it’s enough already. Next thing you know she’ll be putting on a rubber mask and will pretend to be Victor!

Damien
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Damien

Kirsten needs a rest! Put her back in jail. And force Eileen to return so we can pretend the last character run never happened. What a farce! Eileens run was complex and she made Kirsten human. This Kirsten wannabe is bad comic relief. Yikes

Love all the new sets. The show looks modern and invested in!

More Justin! More Steve and Kayla! More Tripp and Allie! More Ava/Rafe/ Nicole…abd Erics return plsss?!

Congrats Days! Keep up the great entertaining! Thank you!

Rodd
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Rodd

It’s about D time! SO glad for this change up from one to two. The yearly “will they or won’t they” story was becoming really annoying. TPTB know they should renew.

Celia
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Celia

Happy to hear this—-but, I question some of the wicked roads the writers seem to take. What’s up with Xander and Nicole? Anything? Not that I would mind—-both statuesque—she beautiful; he soooo Hot!!
Just this: Why? I guess Eric is not returning and Ari is pregnant? Nicole must hook up with someone,, right? Xander? Because they’re both so miserable?
Then there are the kidnappings and the masks. Holy cow!! Enough. It’s laughable. Kristen is built like a man—yet, she can pass off as Kate, and curvy Nicole. Yeah, yeah…it’s a soap…..

Celia
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Celia

PS—-Is Rafe hung up on Nicole as much as she is on him? Dating Eva as a distraction?

Satan
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Satan

Rafe is still hung up on Hope, but she’s apparently not coming back. Oddly enough, that puts him in the same boat as Nicole, since Eric also seems to be permanently absent. The Ava pairing seems strange, but it’s not a first for Rafe. He was also hooking up with Ben’s sister Jordan, so it’s not like being attracted to criminals with mental issues is a new thing for him. That being the case, he’s probably better off with Ava than with somebody like Gwen. At least Ava seems to be trying to make a break from her psycho &… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

You are correct, of course, Satan—– As far as I’m concerned Nicole has had cheating on her mind for months—–She’s had the hots for Rafe since forever—ergo, this remorseful behavior is pathetic. As for Rafe, he’s been hungry for many a woman, if I remember correctly. He married Sami ( love her—she’s my fave on the show) —his opposite on all counts. Now it’s Ava ( thanks for the spelling correction). Lest I forget—Kate!! Go Xander—-you got it——the holier-than-thou Eric left for parts unknown, leaving his wife with an itch. My problem is wiith women ( or men) who will… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

So we have two more years, but of what? A lot of people think it means we will have better stories. One can only hope. Iam so sick of the one woman show with Kristen, when all I want to see is them cart her back off to jail and throw the key away.I really laughed the other day when she told the unconscious Kate that she was glad she still wore a size two. Did she actually think she could get into that? She’s twice Kate’s size! I don’t care for Nicole’s meddling ways on a good day, but… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

No, when Allie referred to her “gay brother”, she was talking about Will. Though it is odd that she’s been in Salem several months now, and hasn’t mentioned Johnny or Sydney at all. Presumably they were all living together with Sami & Elvis in Europe. If Nu-Elvis is going to be relocating to Salem (at least for a while) then that probably means the kids are coming with him. But then, it’s almost summer, and that’s the “traditional” time for SORASed teenagers to show up. Though Johnny – being Allie’s twin – should be the same age she is…. which… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Satan
OMG, so dumb if me. Can’t believe I’d forgotten about Will so soon. Johnny was supposed to come to Salem months ago and guess that was in my mind.

The other Lis
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The other Lis

I have a theory that just like the OJ trial changed viewing habits toward soaps the pandemic with more people at home during the day may have done the same. Ellen announced she is retiring today and the Court shows all seem so tiresome now. Does any one know how the talk and court shows are doing?

Boop
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Boop

I’m extremely happy – which means that I won’t complain about the story lines. Therefore , Ron , work your magic!

Celia
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Celia

Love your positive outlook and enthusiasm, Boop—–so refreshing amidst all this gloom!!

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Television legend, Betty White, who passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 99, will have the upcoming Monday, January 17th of The Bold and the Beautiful dedicated to her.

What makes the choosing of this date to honor White s so meaningful is that it would have marked Betty’s 100th birthday.

Within her storied career, Betty played Ann Douglas on The Bold and the Beautiful – the mother to Pam and Stephanie.  She made her final appearances on B&B in 2009 when the show killed-off the character.

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So, what do you think of B&B honoring Betty on what would have been her 100th birthday by dedicating the episode to her? Comment below.

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The winners will be announced on Sunday, March 20, at the 74th annual Writers Guild Awards.

Here are the full writing teams nominated in the Daytime Drama category below:

General Hospital, Head Writers: Chris Van Etten, Dan O’Connor Associate Head Writer: Anna T. Cascio Writers: Barbara Bloom, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, David Rupel, Lisa Seidman, Scott Sickles; ABC

The Young and the Restless, Head Writer: Amanda L. Beall Writers: Susan Banks, Jeff Beldner, Sara A. Bibel, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Christopher Dunn, Sara Endsley, Janice Ferri Esser, Marin Gazzaniga, Lynn Martin, Natalie Minardi Slater, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati Writers: Lorraine Broderick, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock, Elizabeth Snyder; NBC

To view the entire list of nominees click here.

So, who do you hope takes home the prize for the WGA Award for writing in a daytime drama series … DAYS, GH or Y&R? Comment below.

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Over the weekend, Burgi announced via his Instagram story that he was no longer with top-rated soap opera.

Newman’s daytime career also included time on Santa Barbara and General Hospital.

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