NBC announced it has renewed its last-surviving soap, ‘Days of Our Lives,’ for a 52nd season despite speculation it was headed for cancellation.
The sands will continue flowing through the famous hourglass at Days of Our Lives for another year.
NBC announced Wednesday it had renewed Days of Our Lives, the only soap opera left on its daytime schedule, for a 52nd year.
Fans were worried about the fate of the sudser after news broke that Megyn Kelly had been hired by the Peacock network to host an hourlong show on NBC daytime. The only options for timeslot, fans feared would either be one of the hours of the Today show or the timeslot currently occupied by Days of Our Lives.
NBC anchor Tamron Hall abruptly left on February 1st when she learned — as she tells it, moments before she was supposed to go on the air — that the hour she co-hosted with Al Roker would be replaced with Kelly’s new program.
But even with that announcement made, it wasn’t until this week that NBC officially announced the soap had been renewed.
Days of Our Lives is set in the fictional town of Salem, and no one knows exactly where Salem is supposed to be other than “somewhere in the midwest.”
It premiered in November 1965 and is currently the second-longest-running soap on the air after ABC’s General Hospital, which premiered in 1963. With CBS’s The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, ‘Days’ is one of only four soaps left on the air, down from more than a dozen in the 1960s and 1970s.
The show’s famous hourglass motif have been accompanied with the equally famous lines, “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the ‘Days of Our Lives.’”
The show just aired its 13,000th episode last month.