'Days of Our Lives' Renewed by NBC Through September 2014

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January 9th, 2013

via press release:




UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – January 09, 2013 – On the heels of celebrating its 12,000th episode, NBC has extended its long-running daytime drama "Days of our Lives" for an additional year, taking the show through September 2014 and past its 48th year anniversary in November 2013. The extension was announced today by Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. The 12,000th episode will air this Friday, January 11.


“We are thrilled to announce that “Days of our Lives” is not going anywhere. It is NBC's longest-running drama series by far and is one of the most historic brands in television,” said Salke. “We commend Ken Corday and the entire creative team on continuing to keep the stories and characters fresh, exciting and relevant year after year.”


“‘Days of our Lives’ has maintained a loyal and dedicated fan base for more than four decades and continues to reach a new generation of viewers,” said Steve Mosko, President, Sony Pictures Television. “We appreciate NBC’s support over the years and, as the show celebrates this significant milestone, we are thrilled that the show will continue to be a part of the NBC family.”


Executive producer Ken Corday follows in the tradition of his parents, Betty and Ted Corday, who co-created "Days of our Lives" and helmed the series for many years.


“After so many years in the homes and hearts of our loyal fans, I’m both humbled and elated to say it’s 2013 and we’re still going strong,” said Corday. “I am equally proud that the sense of family which my mom and dad established in our show 48 years ago, is still what drives it today. As we celebrate our 12,000th episode with an amazing cast and great support from our network, we look forward to what’s yet to come!”


In the 12,000th episode, Sami (played by Alison Sweeney, who coincidentally celebrates her 20-year anniversary on “Days” this week) and Rafe (Galen Gering) start getting close again. Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) finds an ally in her quest to win Daniel (Shawn Christian) away from Jennifer (Melissa Reeves). Meanwhile, Gabi (Camila Banus) prepares to marry Nick (Blake Berris) while carrying the baby of Will (Daytime Emmy winner Chandler Massey). All three continue to struggle with what role Will should play in the baby’s life. Before the episode’s end, someone throws a huge wrench into the wedding proceedings.


"Days of our Lives” (Monday-Friday, 1-2 p.m. ET) first premiered as a half-hour drama in 1965 and expanded to an hour 10 years later.


In its 47-plus years, “Days of our Lives” has garnered 215 Daytime Emmy nominations and 32 wins, including a recent Emmy win for Outstanding Writing as well as a GLAAD Award win for Outstanding Daily Drama. The show's success derives from its consistent commitment to excellence in writing and storytelling -- supported by a diverse ensemble of performers -- and an uncanny knack for anticipating viewer interests. "Days” is set in the fictitious midwestern town of Salem. The core families are the Bradys, the Hortons and the DiMeras. 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 Lisa De Cazotte. Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell are the head writers.



  • Ann

    Days is horrible right now and if they don’t fix their mess, they will not survive yet another year.

  • Ruth

    Great news! Glad to hear my favorite show has been renewed!

  • Joie

    Kudos to NBC for renewing Days. I hope the show goes on for many more years.

  • chris

    congrats for not being canceled. I loved this soap during the 90s and 2000s even though 90s were much better. DAYS should start focusing on the families of salem again the core characters of the show. Dimeras, Bradys, Hortons, Kiriakis and so on. When I did check in every now and then to watch a days show the new characters are a bore and Sami is way to whiny. What happened to Sami? I am rooting for this show to get on the right track

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  • Kelby

    I think that is great for employment reasons, but seriously DOOL has not been a thoroughly good show since the early 90s. Behind the scenes the show really needs to be fixed and after all of these years, it is obvious they are not going to do that. If you enjoy a show that is plot driven most of the time and characters mean nothing, then the soaps are the shows to watch now. Y&R is just as bad. I really am glad another beloved soap has not been canceled, but the show is just wasting away on the air with the garbage being put out. This show is fixable, someone just has to do it.

  • Glen

    Happy about the renewal, but the show needs a better headwriter. Tomlin and Whitesell ain’t cuttin’ it. Lorraine Broderick is being wasted writing breakdowns. Either promote her to HW or allow her to resume that position at the new AMC (assuming Prospect Park can work out a deal with the WGA).

  • Ccemerson

    Whoo Hoo !!!! I wish they would bring back the original Roman (Wayne Northrup) . Have Marlana back w/him and John w/Kristan. That would be some serious drama !!!

  • Rob R

    Not a good day to be a soap hater. DAYS is renewed, GH is storming up the ratings chart, and AMC and OLTL are actually being revived–the biggest surprise of all. It helps that so many talk shows are failing out of the gate and the one that is being trumpeted (Katie Couric) has about the same ratings as “Days of Our Lives.” It helped that TODAY is in so much trouble….NBC doesnt want to mess with viewers by taking away their DAYS.

  • denden

    Oh yes…..that great about NBC keeping the soap on….I which NBC be the first one to put also a new soap….that will get ABC and CBS very mad…because they claim nobody watching the soap no more….Please that not true……the two soap on abc is ready to pop up on line…NBC put a another soap on with DOOL and the rating will only goes UP not down…

  • ChipL

    Doggone it. I was hoping for a fifth hour of the “Today” show.

  • Rick Delaware

    @rob60990 or whatever name you use, the current contract was inked with Days and NBC in November 2010. The terms of the contract stated that Days of our Lives would be aired by NBC until September 2013, with a one year option if ratings permit. The ratings are the same as in Nov 2010 so naturally the additional year was accepted. That’s why it’s only a year renewal. Before cable took such a large portion of the original networks ratings, they had 4 yr contracts to the soaps with an additional one yr renewal. Now they do three years with a one yr renewal. After that Days will enter another contract cycle. I work at Sony and they requested in 2010 that when Days got renewed it would be with a 3 yr plus 1 year contract so they could justify upgrading the show to hi def, which they did in Nov 2010 as NBC happily agreed. As much as you think your opinion matters it doesn’t and NBC’s actions proves that you are rma dead on wrong idiot. When the damn president of NBC says it ain’t goin nowhere, well bub that pretty much tells ya that its here to stay

  • Rick Delaware

    Plus NBC uses additional viewing data like Rentrak to sell its shows to the advertisers. BTW
    The system used by Nielsen was designed over 55 years and gives its viewer estimates to the networks as days is still where it’s at.

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