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NBC Renews Its Sole Soap Opera

The sands will continue falling through the famous hourglass for another year. NBC announced today that it has renewed the only remaining soap opera on its schedule, Days of Our Lives, through September, 2014.

‘Days’ is the second-oldest soap left in network daytime television, behind ABC’s General Hospital, which premiered in 1963. With the famous words, “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Days of Our Lives,” the Peacock network soap premiered in November of 1965.

It celebrates its 12,000th episode on Friday.

My grandmother watched the show when I was a kid, so I have some fond memories of the old Horton family, most of whom have either died off or been written off the canvas.

The number of soaps have dwindled dramatically over the past few years. Besides ‘Days’ and ‘GH,’ only CBS’s The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful remain on the air, though there is renewed talk that the internet may play host to new versions of ABC’s All My Children and One Life to Live.

Did you ever watch soaps (or do you still watch)? Which ones do you remember most fondly?


  1. I watched General Hospital during the Luke and Laura days. I arrived home from school in time to watch it.  Once that story line became too overblown and silly  (they were saving the world, if I recall) I stopped watching.
    I no longer follow any daytime soaps nor do I want to.
    My grandmother used to watch Days of our Lives and I remember the intro.  I didn’t recall anything else from the show, though.

  2. This is a very old song by Carman. Sadly mosto of the soaps mentioned are gone.
    “Gone are the days of Leave it to Beaver,
    Matt Dillon and his sidekick Festus.
    Now we survive on the immoral lives
    Of those of the Young and the Restless!!
    It’s not that they’re young,
    They’re just uh, restless!
    Not doing at all like they should!
    So they go to the General Hospital,
    And The Doctors can’t do ’em no good.
    So they keep on with their Search for Tomorrow
    Not doing one thing that’s right!
    And they all end up in Another World,
    About to fall off The Edge of Night!
    But that shouldn’t matter,
    Cuz after all, As the World Turns
    You only have but One Life to Live!
    There remains a blessed hope for you
    And All your Children,
    More Hope than Ryan could ever give!
    If we want true contentment, peace in our homes
    With an end to marital strife
    We must live for Jesus Christ
    The Only Guiding Light
    Not one, but All The Days of our Lives!”

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