The sands will keep flowing through the hourglass at Days of Our Lives on NBC. Despite presumptions that the long-running soap would be cancelled, the show has been renewed for a 56th season. Executive producer Ken Corday is said to have informed the cast yesterday. One of the show’s actors has shared additional details.
Premiering on November 8th of 1965, Days of Our Lives is set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem. It revolves around the members of the Brady, Horton, and DiMera families — along with their friends, enemies, and lovers. Castmembers include Kristian Alfonso, Lamon Archey, Matthew Ashford, Camila Banus, Kassie DePaiva, Mary Beth Evans, Galen Gering, Linsey Godfrey, Deidre Hall, Stacy Haiduk, Drake Hogestyn, Victoria Konefal, Lauren Koslow, Wally Kurth, Eric Martsolf, Chandler Massey, Thia Megia, Casey Moss, Melissa Reeves, James Reynolds, Suzanne Rogers, Freddie Smith, Sal Stowers, Josh Taylor, Paul Telfer, Greg Vaughan, Robert Scott Wilson, and Arianne Zucker.
Season 55 is currently airing on the peacock network and is averaging a 0.44 rating in the Female 18-49 demographic with 2.00 million total viewers. Compared to season 54, that’s down by 7% and 6% in the live+same day ratings. Of the four remaining daytime dramas, Days consistently comes in fourth place, behind ABC‘s General Hospital and The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless on CBS. Still, it’s the first of the quartet to be renewed for 2020-21.
It was recently reported that Days might be in danger of cancellation since all members of the cast had been released from their contracts as a possible cost-cutting move. With the season 56 renewal, Corday Productions, Inc. will have to renegotiate with the show’s performers so, it’s possible that some of them may not be asked back or choose to return.
The daytime drama shoots way in advance and, according to castmember Freddie Smith, is set to go on hiatus next Wednesday. The actor shared that production is expected to resume in mid-January 2020 and EP Ken Corday told the cast that they would reach 14,000 episodes next year (the cast filmed episode 13,909 today).
Smith said that, when Corday gave the cast the good news about the renewal, he spoke extensively about the importance of the show to him and his family. Smith noted that Corday has mentioned that he wants to see Days reach a 60-year milestone (and hopefully beyond). You can watch Smith’s commentary below.
What do you think? Are you glad that the Days of Our Lives TV show has been renewed for season 56 for the 2020-21 season? How long do you think that the series will last for 60 seasons and beyond?