Saturday, June 15, 2024

TV: “Days of our Lives” Renewed for 79th Season After Near Death Ratings Almost Killed It


Fans of NBC’s “Days of our Lives” can breathe a sigh of relief. NBC has renewed the show for another season after 54 years of sturm und drang, also kidnappings, amnesia, paralysis and demonic possession.

“Days” was pretty much going down the drain until about six months ago when headwriter Ron Carlivati– ex of General Hospital and One Life to Live– took over. He immediately resuscitated a dead character (killed on screen) and brought back many favorite actors. Give the audience what they want– he did the same thing at General Hospital. It always works.

Meantime, Days’ most tenured actress, Susan Seaforth Hayes (she’s been on there since 1921) and her husband, Bill Hayes, will get Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Daytime Emmys. Seriously, they deserve it. They were on the cover of Time magazine in the 1970s!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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