Tuesday, April 23, 2024

NBC Renews “Days of our Lives” for 52nd Season, Megyn Kelly Didn’t Kill It After All

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I told you when Megyn Kelly was hired that “Days of our Lives” would be safe. And it is. NBC has renewed the soap for its 52nd season. I have no idea what the plot line is anymore but the spectres of the elder Cordays and MacDonald Carey hovers over this show. Deidre Hall must sleep in the studio.

Megyn Kelly, meantime, heads to 10am in all likelihood. Kathie Lee and Hoda would have to move back to 9am. NBC can’t go abruptly from the light fare of “Today” to Megyn and then back to the ladies drinking wine. But who knows? I still think putting Megyn at 11am and letting her take on “The View” sounds like more fun.

As for “Days” and the three other remaining soap operas: after all the cancelling of “All My Children,” “As the World Turns,” et al. network execs are learning that it’s hard to fill time, even with reality shows and game shows. And soap fans are ruthless when it comes to retaliating against the network. If NBC had killed “Days of our Lives,” the fans would have come after Kelly.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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