Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Good News for Soap Fans: NBC Renews “Days of our Lives” for 56th Season, Maybe They’ll Get a Bigger Production Budget


Good news for soap opera fans.

Unbelievably, NBC has renewed “Days of our Lives” for its 56th season. The show is fourth among the four soaps and is always teetering on the brink of cancellation. But headwriter Ron Carlivati has injected life into the show in the last couple of years. They have a clever overall story going on right now after time jumping one year into the future.

“Days of our Lives” was created by Ted and Betty Corday in 1965. They came to NBC after a long run with CBS and Procter & Gamble. Ted Corday died 10 months after the show went on the air, and for a long time it was run by Betty until their son Ken came into the business.

Susan Seaforth Hayes arrived in 1968, and has been with the show on and off ever since then. Bill Hayes, who became her husband, joined the show three years later. He will be 95 years young on June 5th, and was just featured in a big story with lots of on air time. Good for him!

The other senior cast members include Deidre Hall, who’s been there on and off since 1976, Suzanne Rogers (1973), James Reynolds (1981), 86 year old John Aniston (1985), Drake Hogestyn (1986), and Kristian Alfonso (1983). They may not even be real anymore, just astral projections or holograms.


Roger Friedman
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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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