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REPORT: Days of our Lives Renewal Update: Sony and NBC In Talks, Insiders Optimistic While Show Pauses Production

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Every year around this time, Days of our Lives renewal has been its own cliffhanger.  With the show taping episodes so far in advance and wrapping their current season, the series paused production and went dark on April 16th, according to TV Line.

Now comes the waiting game and according to a report from Deadline on Wednesday, NBC and Sony are continuing to be in talks to bring the series back for its 57th season. While no one from any camp is officially commenting on the negotiations, their sources are reporting that things do look optimistic, as of now.

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The report indicates that in anticipation of a renewal, the producers have been making if-come deals with key cast members in the past few weeks and the writing team is said to be hard at work on potential scripts for the new season.

In the past, DAYS’ renewal had taken several months to pan out, because of how the show’s distributor Sony Pictures Television has to adjust its business model to continue the show without going in the red.

Even though over the years DAYS had declined in the linear ratings, there appears to be a commitment by the studio and NBC to find ways to keep it on the air.

So, are you hopeful that DAYS will survive yet another negotiation for renewal? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Moto62
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Moto62

Kill it, pull the plug. If Carlivati is going to continue to write this crap, let it go.
Im an old viewer starting when I was 12 years old and now I’m 59. 47 years of my life.
A few years ago, I fought like hell online for the show not to be cancelled. I poured my heart and soul into that cause. For me to say End It….that’s major. ⌛️The sand has run out.

Joel
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Joel

I’ve watched for 37 years and while I don’t think Carlivati has done a bad job, I do believe the show has run its course. I actually feel that way about all four remaining shows.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Instead of saying “Kill it”, don’t watch it and allow those who still love it to continue enjoying it. Don’t be a spoiled brat about it.

Denise
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Denise

Well said no one is making them watch it , so don’t ruin it for those who look forward to it everyday. Shut up and get off our channel . Keep the show coming I love my days , don’t always agree with the storyline but I still watch it faithfully

anne
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anne

If you are not happy with the story lines on DOOL then STOP watching. No one is forcing you watch DOOL.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hello Moto! 62! You are where I was from the late 1960s to the mid 2000s with GH (but you logged in 10 more years — for anyone keeping track of the math — with DOOL than I did with GH). It infuriated me what GH had become (focus on Sonny, the mob, no respect for veteran actors, no concern for its history). I finally gave up and turned to other soaps. DOOL is equally infuriating right now — so flawed. It’s sad when a good soap goes bad…

Moto62
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Moto62

Thanks James. I’m getting a kick out of the people telling me to stop watching after 47 years. I’d have to go to some sort of rehab, wouldn’t I? Hi I’m Moto and I’m addicted to Days. lol

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Funny stuff, Moto62!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh James, how right you are. I’m FFing GH consistently now. Sonny’s amnesia? “Nice people” Willow and Michael betraying Chase every day? Molly a junior D.A. already? “Doctor” T.J. beating up Brando at GH with no consequences? Cameron’s insane rampage against Jason? All are sleep inducing and wastes of talent. And Peter Puke is still besting Anna, Robert, Valentin, Maxie, Jason, us….what are they THINKING?!

Lyric
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Lyric

Don’t take Days off the air!

Damien
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Damien

Not only should Days 100% be renewed it should be rewarded with a bigger budget!!! If covid has taught studio execs anything is viewers need comfort viewing hence all these reboots of 80s sitcoms! Days needs should be treated as an anchor for NBC daytime! Viewers need escapism more than ever! We certainly dont need a 5th hour of gma or a talk with no recognizable hosts or another screechy talk show like the girl from e.t. ( shes so fake and horrible i blocked her name from my memory) Plus as a bonus Days delivers nonstop, if you miss… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I’ve missed several episodes, Damien, and have missed little-to-nothing.

Claudio
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Claudio

Days needs a 2 year renewal,this 1 year renewal gets to stressful lol. I hope Days, makes changes. Rumour is there looking for a Hope recast.

Sharyn Lee-Anne
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Sharyn Lee-Anne

I’m in Australia and have watched Days my entire life. Firstly with my mother and grandmother then just my mother and now just me, I have ridden the waves of the storyline’s I have loved and the ones I haven’t. Because one thing is for sure. I would much rather have Days in my life than ever be without it. Please let it be renewed and for those asking for new writers or saying it should be cancelled the solution is simple. Accept change or move on and leave it for the loyal fans that will follow this show no… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Right now, the way it’s been going and the nuttiest stories ever, I would not miss it in the least. Why beat a dead horse?

Cherie
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Cherie

They need to bring Robert Scott Wilson and Victoria Konefal back or they are going to lose a lot of people. They brought a lot of people back to the show.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Victoria Konefal decided to be a recurring player. It was HER decision, and I don’t see her changing her mind. And, if the soap could survive without some more prominent and important actors (and their characters), then they can survive without Konefal’s Ciara.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Cherie
As far as Iam concerned, they’ve ruined what would have been a beautiful love story. It has turned boring and with the addition of Theo is even worse. He looks like a teen-age kid next to Ciara and Ben. She sure doesn’t need Theo acting as her champion hero.

Momo
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Momo

They need to renew for multiple years and also renew earlier.

EILEEN
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EILEEN

No netwirk is going to committ more than a year at a time except for a very few shows that are guaranteed money makers. Soaps arent!! They wait till th last minute because they are looking for replacements.

Momo
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Momo

Y&R was renewed for two years.

Linda
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Linda

I love days I’ve been watching for so many years. Please renew the contract.

Mika
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Mika

Kill it. It’s days are numbered and it’s been dying a slow death for years.

jason
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jason

just cancelled it already, not worth to watch it!!!!!!!!!

anne
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anne

In your opinion

Rodd
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Rodd

SO OVER this crap every year! DAYS is a staple in the NBC network’s programming and deserves better. All TPTB should give it a larger budget to be spent on better promotion and such. They’ve cut so much from the show that it’s already into the bone.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

This soap is so bipolar it is barely enjoyable anymore, and, it is a damn shame, because it has the potential to be everything it should be. And considering they are currently not producing, due to it being that time of the year where NBC renews or not, I do think it is time to bring up some major points. — NBC needs to intervene a this point. Sony Pictures Television could give two-shits about Days of Our Lives, and I have a feeling NBC cares more than Sony, so if i were the network, I would buyout Sony in… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

A thoughtful piece, Scott, if I may say so… “This soap is so bipolar it is barely enjoyable anymore” — Gold! Not everyone has your insight regarding producers and writers — and they are not given much ink at this site, unless there is a huge personnel change in those departments. I, too, have been critical of certain storylines and actors on this show as well as the constantly revolving door of characters. That is what most viewers, without your further knowledge, see on a day-to-day basis. Some kind of reboot is definitely in order, and I don’t mean the… Read more »

Alicia
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Alicia

Love this!!! Hope someone is reading this analysis. It just may work!

Christine M Blechar
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Christine M Blechar

Cancel it’s time your writers keep writing the same story just with different people. I started watching in 1967 and now I fast forward just to see if anything is happening, too bad I don’t have to stop it often.

Cynthia
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Cynthia

Been watching Days since the beginning!! I would hate to see it go off the air. It is my bright spot of the day to watch the goings on in Salem!! Please renew!!!

Lisa
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Lisa

Keep it I watch it everyday I love the show

Jean.
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Jean.

Love Days Of Our Lives….Please renew the show!

Kit
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Kit

Let’s be honest: DOOL hasn’t been the same since Pat Falken Smith and Bill Rega were ousted as the head writers in favor of Ann Marcus. Marcus destroyed legacy characters–turned Bill who had always been a one-woman man–into a non-one woman man, and Laura into a psychotic mess (ok, that was aided and abetted by the incomparable and Emmy winning Susan Flannery leaving the show and TPTB’s inability of getting a new Laura up to the task as Susan Oliver was a very very bad miscast and totally out of her depth and only mitigated somewhat after Rosemary Forsythe came… Read more »

Cam crane
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Cam crane

Yes I am hopeful. I have watched almost from beginning and is the best soap ever. It would be missed greatly.

peggy oelke
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peggy oelke

I a big fan of days of the lives and enjoying watching please keep going another year keep it on the air.

Satan
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Satan

There are only two soaps that have ever aired in Hell. They also happen to be the two oldest shows currently on the air either down here or up there, and both have come close to getting canceled in recent years, thanks to ReRon’s horrible writing. He killed One Life to Live. He came damn close to killing General Hospital. Don’t let him kill Days. Get rid of him. Now. And take his idiotic repeat tape loop plots of baby switches, dopplegangers/masks, mental cases and “reformed” serial killers with him…. and do it before he tries to explain Ben’s past… Read more »

Gloria
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Gloria

I would be heart broken. Been watching over 40 years. Please renew.

Loretta Lowrie
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Loretta Lowrie

I love days of our lives I want it to keep going I like all the actors .so please keep it on I am a Senior love to watch this is the only show I watch .I would be so upset if the show goes of the air

Lynn
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Lynn

Been a fan since watching with my mom,
Keep it, find a new Hope and Ciara find actors who want the job, and get rid of the Aunt Pauline drama

Leigh Peavy
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Leigh Peavy

Yes I hope they continue on with another season. I have been watching for 47 years. This program is like my family.

Alexandra Ortiz
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Alexandra Ortiz

Was a daily watcher for close to 20 years everything used to be done early on the day or after 2pm but haven’t watched last 7 years and not miss it at all

Linda
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Linda

I have watched Days from day one. I love the show.

Nicole
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Nicole

Don’t end!!! It’s one of the things I can rely on, the sun rising and seeing another episode of Days

Marilyn
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Marilyn

I watch 3 soaps This is my favorite by far Hope it stays on air

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

I felt compelled to watch the “Susan Banks” scenes today (with Jake), only because I wanted to see if Jake would notice Kate lying on the floor. Once Kristen was alone, she commented that Kate realized she was actually “Susan Banks.” Surely, the actress meant to state that Kate realized she was actually “Kristen.” Is there not enough money in the budget to do a retake on such a crucial mistake in delivery (or perhaps script)?!?!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Jamesj75
I caught that too, but I think they made up for it today watching Gwen roll down that staircase twice in succession. I guess once was not enough.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hi Violet! So glad you noticed what I did. I also thought it was weird to see back-to-back clips of Gwen rolling down the staircase. It reminded me of a scene from ATWT from the 1970s. Maybe you were watching… Kim (Kathryn Hays) was planning to leave Dr. John Dixon (Larry Bryygman) for Dan (John Reilly) when John fell down the stairs. Out of obligation, Kim stayed with John for quite a while so that she could take care of him while he recuperated. They showed the scene of John falling down the staircase repeatedly over weeks to the point… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Jamesj75 Oh my, next to GL, my favorite soap. Yes, I remember all of John’s shinanigans, not with just Kim and Lisa, also Ellen’s daughter, was that Annie or the other one and many others but later liked him with Lucinda. That man was a piece of work, wasn’t he, but such a great actor and a great show to remember. Sometimes I watch the old episodes on UTube. In fact was watching some a while back with Carly, Jack and Hal. I was broken hearted when he took his own life. Oh, I better quit now. Thanks for reminiscing… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hi Violet. So glad you noticed my post and replied. And that you are familiar with ATWT during that period. What a great soap GL was, too! Great reminiscing with you, as well. It’s one of my best events! 🙂

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Yes, Violet, these were great soap days. GL was my favorite also. BTW, I think Ellen and David Stewart’s other daughter was Dawn. She was played by Glynnis O’Connor at one point; she later starred in the movies JEREMY and ODE TO BILLY JOE, among others. Do you remember Annie’s husband Jeff, played by Robert Lipton? I had a big crush on him and recently found out he was considered for the role of Benjamin in THE GRADUATE, which went to Dustin Hoffman. I love trivia!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh Jamesj75, talk about memory lane! Do u remember when Kim first entered Oakdale, circa 1973? She wasn’t always the saint she later became. As I recall, she started out scheming to get Bob from her sister Jennifer. Kathryn Hays was a special kind of femme fatale in the beginning and my mom and I looked forward to every time she was on. Between her, the divine Eileen Fulton, and the comfort of Nancy’s kitchen, how I awaited each day!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Soaphound
I also love trivia, and yes I remember Robert Lipton as well. When K. Hayes joined the show I was so excited to find out that she was or had been married to one of my favorite movie stars,Glen Ford.Speaking of Nancy’s kitchen brings back to mind Penny and Jeff and Grampa Hughes and so many more.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Soaphound
Forgot to mention the fact of how very impressed to find out when K. Hayes first appeared that she was or had been married to one of my favorite movie stars, Glen Ford.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

OMG Am getting as bad as those scenes repeating over and over.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Soaphound, so glad to see your input in this memory lane segment! I don’t think I was watching ATWT when Kim first came on. It’s quite the genesis to this iconic character! Thank you for filling in the blanks. The other main storyline involving John Dixon I remember is him convincing a woman to kidnap a baby, and they did a couple of dry runs. Other details are sketchy. My main show was GH, along with the ABC lineup. I also tended to sample most other soaps throughout the late 60s, 70s, and 80s. When all (or most) of them… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Jamesj75
Also to Soaphound. Thanks for the memories. As I am nearing 89 this year, it is those memories that bring so much pleasure. They are imbedded so deeply that they can be brought up whenever needed with help from soap friends like you. The others don’t have to read, like you were told you don’t have to watch, James. Ha,ha.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Violet, so glad that this discussion is pleasurable for you. As it is for me… I was away from this site for a week or so, hence the late reply. But I share your affection for nostalgia. I am open to it anytime. Take care.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Yes, my dear Jamesj75, I liked Robby Benson too. I used to imagine my fingers in all that lush hair he had in ICE CASTLES. And Melissa Manchester! Around 2008, Wounded Bird records reissued ALL of her albums on remastered CDs. I would purchase 2 every payday until I had them all back again on discs. HELP IS ON THE WAY and BETTER DAYS… are my favorite albums, DON’T CRY OUT LOUD also. Boy, the 70s were great TV AND music!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Soaphound, so enjoyable to hear about your interest in Robby Benson — you’d think I would have spelled his name correctly the first time!! As I mentioned to our friend Violet, I was away from the site for a week, or I would have replied sooner. Anyway, I suspect you and I could chat at length about Melissa Manchester. I am with you on those great albums. I have been a fan since I heard “Midnight Blue” on the radio. Take care.

Sharon King
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Sharon King

With all the crap going on in the real world, I need my escape to my soap world. I started watching with my great grandmother and still watching today. I need it for my release. I can scream at the tv and it helps to get it out on something other than the real world. Please renew my safe place.

Joanne
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Joanne

I hope it will be renewed I have been watching it for 56 years it’s my favorite soap always has been

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