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NBC Makes It Official, Announces Days of our Lives Renewal: "We Couldn't Be More Excited To Bring Its Fans New Stories For The 51st Season"

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Following Thurday afternoon’s breaking news that Days of our Lives got its renewal pick-up by NBC, the peacock network made it official with their press release heralding that the beloved daytime drama series will live to see another day,and  continue into the 2016-2017 television season, and they could not be prouder and happier.

Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment made the announcement and said in a statement, “NBC is incredibly proud of the legacy of Days of our Lives and we couldn’t be more excited to brings its fans new stories for the 51st season. In a business where having a show remain on the air for two seasons is considered a success, what DAYS has achieved is extraordinary.”

In addition, the sub-header for the official release said “The Tales From Salem Will Continue as Beloved Series Earns Pickup Following Recent Ratings Surge.”   So far this season, DAYS is averaging a 0.90 rating, 6 share in women 18-49 and 2.901 million viewers overall in ‘most current’ ratings from Nielsen Media Research. Through the first five weeks of the current quarter, DAYS has grown to a 0.93 rating, 6 share in women 18-49, up +6% versus its 0.88 for the same period last year, and 2.993 million viewers overall, up +15% versus its 2.601 million for the same weeks last year.

NBC also noted:  “The success of the series derives from its consistent commitment to excellence in writing and storytelling — supported by a diverse ensemble of performers — and its uncanny knack for anticipating viewer interests. With its mix of classic genre traditions and groundbreaking narratives reflecting modern life, Days of our Lives remains a perennial favorite among viewers of all ages.  Days of our Lives is set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem. The core families are the Bradys, Hortons and DiMeras, and the multi-layered storylines involve elements of romance, adventure, mystery, comedy and drama.

Days of our Lives is produced by Corday Productions Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. Ken Corday is executive producer, with co-executive producers Greg Meng and Albert Alarr. Dena Higley and Josh Griffith are the head writing team.

So, what did you think about NBC executive Jennifer Salke’s comments on DAYS renewal and the network’s continue interest in Salem? Happy to hear the renewal has been made official? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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su0000
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su0000

GH doesn’t have a yearly renewal date, seems they just it roll until they don’t ..

CONGRATS, DAYS!!

Matt
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Matt

Gh doesnt have a renewal date becasue the network owns the show. Since Sony runs Days, they have to reach an agreement with NBC when the contract is up.

Johnny
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Johnny

I couldn’t more happier! I watched DAYS since I was a kid . It’s probably my favorite TV show ever!

Eddie
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Eddie

I thought that the last few renewals have been for 2 yrs at a time. Is this renewal just for one year?

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Yes and if the ratings drop nbc will dump the show so let’s hope people continue tuning in

Patrick
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Patrick

Yeah, I don’t particularly care for; “option for additional year”

NBC clearly states… “how magnanimous it is to celebrate a show… for 51 years.. and in the same breath… (which is true ) how a prime time show may last… if at all… 1 to 2 seasons

so… buck up … and coulda woulda shoulda given us 2 years

Patrick
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Patrick

on top of that… LATEST SOD issue : Kassie DePaiva… “missed Opportunities”

NBC / Sony / DOOL… and probably more specific… KEN CORDAY production

RE HIRE : this gem… gold mine… class act… energetic… bubbling personality

who enlivens any show… she’s respected… and lauded

she shares with the fans… missed opportunity

how much she would have loved to screen ; to REEL

with, Billy Flynn and Judi Evans, plus

can you imagine… what a dream ; let down

forever wonder… what could have been

i’ll let up ; after the 2016 emmy

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I am happy about the renewal, but I also know DAYS should continue improving it’s numbers or September 2017 will be the end of DAYS. Watch every episode within one day of airing and don’t give up!

Jonboy
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Jonboy

Not a viewer of Days but glad for its fans.

SZima
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SZima

Glad the show is continuing, BUT are they going to shorten their shooting schedule for 5-6 months ahead to a more normal 4-6 weeks?
THAT is what’s wrong with this show. By the time they realize a storyline/character is NOT working, they have months worth of shows already shot, that we have to suffer through, before the story can be dropped!
The best thing they could do for the show…and it’s viewers…is get on a shorter shooting schedule!

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

I think elsewhere on this page that is mentioned – the fact that one of the stipulations of the contract is a shorter shooting schedule – and, I agree with you that they need to do that to see what is working, what isn’t. Right now, at least to my viewing eyes, NOT MUCH is working. The teens are not believable, Andre’s villainous hammy acting is for the birds, and Victor’s long lost brother is a tad over the top. Belle being with Phillip is also not terribly compelling. I enjoyed the show quite a bit more about a year… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

This is fantastic! The new regime has definitely re-grounded the soap back to a soap worth watching. And I cannot wait for the 51st season, along with the 52nd!

john
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john

Are they going to change their filming schedule?

Patrick
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Patrick

I really wish with the DAYS renewal threads… this would have been addressed as a stipulation…

I hope some one… any one… can look in to this and share ?

Hello Mr. Fairman… any chance you can find this out…

Mo
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Mo

Just a one year renewal? Better than not, but two would have been better.

Frank
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Frank

They got renewed for 1 year, plus an option.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Lets hope this good news continues for all the remaining soaps…hopefully tptb realize soaps remain a popular and important part of daytime viewing for many years to come..now how is the status for the other three…GH has slightly improved and speaking of GH is Hayden really Pauls daughter?

Jules
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Jules

Out of line! This comment d to be deleted immediately! Michael, do something.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

This is my insane asylum…im here to stay-FOORRREEEEVVVVVEEEEEERRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!…lol

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

It wouldn’t be the same without you.

Timmm
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Timmm

This is great news for not only DAYS fans but for the soap opera community in general. [FOUR STRONG!] Here comes Rebecca Herbst!

k/kay
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k/kay

Nope congrats but if Fv lets her walk then GH is dead for me as a viewer ewe lost Jason Thompson stop the back stage politics she carried the story last year while Billy Miller sleep walked

Dylan
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Dylan

I hope DAYS does snag her. GH has completely decimated the character of Liz, and always has her come up as the loser in everything. She should be the Jessie Brewer of the modern day…Head Nurse, take charge, full love life, respected, professional…never mind chasing after a brain damaged murderer. Now, she is so desperate for a friend, she is hanging with a serial killer who terrorized her and her family for years? Plain BAD writing. BUT…..in the past few years, DAYS has hired some serious big name talent in the COMPLETELY wrong roles!! They NEED to hire her as… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Ta – Da ! drum roll….. Ladies and Gentlemen ! I give you…. ” Is Liz a secret super vixen ” ———— she’s on the cover of the latest SOD issue w/above caption   supervixen 1.A beautiful woman of Domineering stature. 2.A Woman worthy of having a religion dedicated to her. One (specifically feemale) Who has many followers and carries herself with a goddess like elegance. 3. A strong woman who leaves an everlasting Impression on one. (see also Glamazon) one could clearly see Liz… escaping, if you will… not unlike Jake acting out… now it’s Liz turn. after… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

And yes Jason Thompson making the role his own we do however need a scene with him and Jess I don’t like lazy actors Jason is not one nor is Becky

Patrick
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Patrick

when JT made his debut… I watched his scenes… and the scenes between Ashley and Dr. Neville… you can really tell that Michael E. Knight… delights in his scenes with Eileen Davidson… he matter of factly… fandom excite; is in to his job with ED. it’s a LOL delight as a fan to watch all else about Y&R I FF’d… just don’t have the time… point: I stopped watching all together… when no scenes between Jill and her own son materialized. deleted the last 3 episodes.. so I guess I’ll never know. these two storylines have all the potential

Matt
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Matt

Great news for fans of Days, glad to see we are not losing another soap, at least for another year!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

And the most creative soap on the air presently. I loved the Feb. 12–Valentine show–where all the couples had “dream” or “nightmare” vignettes.
I love that Days does something different and unexpected–and just sheer fun–for its fans. Loved most especially the 1940s-style fim noir of Patch and Kayla. That’s what I’m talking about! Thanks, writers, directors, actors, etc. Way to go!

mike
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mike

Mr. Fairman have you heard the rumor of the return of Chandler Massey?

Gino
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Gino

Hi Mike the rumor, that I am hearing is will Horton is alive. Chandler Massey will be back on Days in about 6 months. Days tapes 5 to 6 months ahead, but they are thinking of changing it to 3 to 6 weeks ahead. Rumor is the real Will Horton was kidnapped. I hope this is true.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

It’s most likely true, mike. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Chandler as Will make his return during the Friday Summer Olympics Cliffhanger (08-05-16)! There has to be something big for DAYS fans to hang in there during the 2 weeks preemption for Olypic coverage.

carol
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carol

This is good news I watch the show every day whether it be good or bad,heard that Chases dad is coming back. He is already started filming. So see they do bring the dead back.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Woo freakin’ hoo!!! Love me some Days! I would be so sad to lose another iconic soap. Congrats and keep up the great work.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes!

Rich
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Rich

Interesting that the renewal for Days is just for one year, with an option for an additional year (similar to the deal that CBS had with the NFL for the first year of Thursday night telecasts in 2014).

That would signal to me that NBC is hedging its bets and leaves the door open for a possible cancellation in the event that the 50th anniversary-fueled ratings bump doesn’t last in the coming months. And there is some evidence to suggest that the bump may have already evaporated.

Hopefully, it won’t come to that, but I’m merely being realistic.

Dean_Morgan
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Dean_Morgan

As a fan for over 30 years, I love knowing Days will continue. No soap is perfect, but I have to says I am really enjoying the soap these days and I make a point to watch it off my DVR each night…I used to wait until the weekend to tackle the episodes for the week. While I am sure we all have favorites who are no longer on the show ( for me, it is Christie Clark’s Carrie), or favorites currently on the canvas (Suzanne Rogers is top notch in my book), I do enjoy all the current cast… Read more »

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DAYS Billy Flynn Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Let’s just start this by saying if you missed last Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives on Peacock, you missed beautifully touching and effective performances by both Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera) and Marci Miller (ex-Abigail).

Leading up to it, Chad had a gut-wrenching week.  He figured out that Clyde (James Read) was the culprit that murdered his wife and later confronted him.  That led to key scenes where Chad confronts Clyde at Abigail’s gravesite and wants to hear all the gory details of how Clyde stabbed his wife, and then learned how the criminal covered his tracks, went after Sonny (Zach Tinker) and stabbed him, and framed Leo (Greg Rikaart) for the crimes.

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Throughout the reveal, Billy Flynn played all of Chad’s pain and horror, while holding a gun at Clyde baiting him on – problem was Clyde is so despicable he had no problem telling Chad the grisly truth.  During a struggle for the gun with Chad, it is EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) who saves the day and shoots Clyde.  The two brothers bond over their shared disdain for Clyde.

Later at the Salem PD, EJ apologizes to Chad for bringing Clyde into their lives and for what happened to Abigail.  Chad takes it in but does not explode, rather appreciates his brother for saving his life.

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However, the emotional rollercoaster that Chad went through, and the audience, in the expert hands of Flynn, was nothing compared to the heartbreaking scenes where Abigail visits Chad at her gravesite, now that he solved the murder mystery.

Abigail is proud that Chad found her killer and tells him that she wants him to love again and that it’s OK to move on.  She knows he will always love her, and she will always love him.  Then, when Abigail asks Chad to tell her what traits their children, Thomas and Charlotte, possess that remind him of Abigail, it was very tender and not overplayed.  When it was time for their final goodbyes, both Flynn and Miller reminded us all why #Chabby was one of the best duos in DAYS history.

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In the end, it was Billy Flynn who carried the ball all the way to the end zone and scored a touchdown in the conclusion of Chad and Abigail’s love story.  It is always a nice to see when DAYS decides to write for and feature material which plays to Flynn’s strengths, and this did.

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So, for all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Billy Flynn’s work as the Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of the Chad and Abigail goodbye scenes at her gravesite? What did you think of Billy’s performance and the reveal that Clyde Weston was Abigail’s murderer? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.  But first, check out our latest conversation with Billy, and his DAYS co-stars Greg Rikaart and Mary Beth Evans now on the Michael Fairman Channel below, where Billy discusses taping the pivotal scenes and more.

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DAYS Billy Flynn, Greg Rikaart & Mary Beth Evans Talk On: Abigail’s Murderer Revealed, Orpheus’ Poisonous Plot & the Move to Peacock

September had been a pivotal month for Days of our Lives.  After nearly 57-years on broadcast television, the long-running soap opera shifted from NBC to exclusively streaming on Peacock.  While fans have been adjusting and wrapping their heads around the change, the stories of the characters you love to love, or love to hate, are continuing to play out in Salem.

This week, after months of a whodunit and who is to blame for the death of Chad’s wife, Abigail DiMera, DAYS fans finally learned that the actual killer was none other than Clyde Weston (James Read).  Meanwhile, Kayla has taken ill along with Marlena (Deidre Hall) and Kate (Lauren Koslow), all a part of Orpheus’ (George DelHoyo) longstanding feud with the women and the men in their lives.

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Now on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, DAYS stars: Billy Flynn (Chad), Greg Rikaart (Leo) and Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) discuss their latest storylines, plus their thoughts on the soaps move on Peacock and its future.

As viewers witnessed on recent episodes, Chad figured out that it was Clyde who murdered Abigail, and went after him with a gun. Chad decided he wanted to hear the entire sordid story of how Clyde killed her.  This led to the showdown scenes at Abigail’s gravesite which included a visit by EJ (Dan Feuerriegel), who saved his brother from Clyde. During this interview, Billy weighs-in on taping the climatic scenes, what it was like to blame multiple characters for months for Abigail’s death, plus what the future holds in store for Chad as he moves on with his life post-Chabby.

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Greg Rikaart shares his thoughts on if he ever thought Leo would turn out to be Abigail’s murderer since Leo had a revenge plot against those who wronged him. Rikaart also weighs-in on the story where Leo had a relationship with Craig Wesley, his enduring on-screen relationship with Emily O’Brien (Gwen, ex-Jana, Y&R) , plus working with Billy in the limited-series Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, where Chad goes in drag as “Belinda Chinashop” and more.

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Mary Beth talks on Kayla’s latest plight; that  being kidnapped by Orpheus along with Marlena and Kate, the good doctor has become very sick while trying to maintain order at University Hospital.  Evans also shares her thoughts on the arrival of Abigail Klein as her on-screen daughter Stephanie, the departure of Marci Miller as Abigail, and more.

Check out our full interview with Billy, Greg and Mary Beth below, and make sure to ‘subscribe’ to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity interviews, music videos, game shows and special event coverage.

Now let us know, what did you think of Clyde being revealed as Abigail’s true killer? What did you think of the confrontation scenes between Billy Flynn and James Read? What has been your favorite Leo moment since Greg came to DAYS?  Will Kayla figure out what Orpheus has done to her and others? Finally, are you enjoying DAYS on Peacock after its first few weeks of the series exclusively streaming? Share your thoughts in the comment section,

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Roark Critchlow on His Return to DAYS and Working With Cady McClain

It’s been 12 years since Roark Critchlow appeared on Days of our Lives as Dr. Mike Horton, the brother of Jennifer Horton Deveraux (Cady McClain). However, fans have been excited to see him back on their screens when the series teased his appearance in the extended fall preview.

Now with Jennifer spiraling downward (now that her pill-popping addiction is back), it seems like a good time for Dr. Mike to return to Salem to help his sis. (And if the promo for this week’s DAYS is any indication, it certainly looks like Jennifer is going to be involved in a car crash and need medical assistance or at least some brotherly love.)

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Roark initially appeared as Mike back in 1994 and left the soap back in 1999. He returned in 2010 for a few episodes honoring the late Frances Reid (Alice Horton) who was Mike’s grandmother.

In an interview about his return with Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Roark talks about working with McClain as Jennifer, when he previously worked with Missy Reeves in the part.

Critchlow expressed on sharing scenes with McClain: “Her character is going through a lot. She and I dropped in really easily, I felt. It was a very nice, natural care for each other. It wasn’t difficult, that’s for sure. Obviously, Missy is a super-duper person. But you don’t compare people. Cady and I chatted. We got on good. In terms of story, I thought we pulled it off nicely as being people who’ve known each other their whole lives.”

Look for Roark to make his DAYS re-emergence on the upcoming October 3rd episode of the Peacock streaming series.

So, looking forward to seeing Roark and Cady sharing scenes together? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out this week’s promo for DAYS below.

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