Like sands through the hourglass, the “Days of our Lives” will continue.
The long-running soap has been renewed for a 56th season, NBC announced Wednesday, after a rocky period in which its future was questioned.
“We’re incredibly thrilled to bring viewers another season of a show that has cemented its place in television history and touches all generations,” Bruce Evans, executive VP at NBC Entertainment, said in announcing the return of the network’s oldest series.
Earlier this month, NBC Entertainment chairman Paul Telegdy told reporters at the Television Critics Association that the series, which premiered in 1965, would “of course” continue at the network, although NBC remained in negotiations with Corday Productions. It was reported in November that the the show’s entire cast had been released from their contracts after taping the rest of the current season early, fueling rumors of its demise.
Chandler Massey, who portrays Will Horton on the series, took to Twitter following the news to assure fans that the daytime soap opera wasn’t going anywhere.
“We’re not being cancelled,” he tweeted Nov. 12. “We are pausing production because we are so far ahead of schedule (and it saves us $). Days will still air during the entire hiatus, so you won’t miss anything!”
He wasn’t the only star to speak out. The same day, Camila Banus, who plays Gabriella Hernandez posted a live Twitter stream, calling the reports “fake, false news.”
“Let me clear this up for everybody,” Banus said. “All these articles with headlines saying that our show’s being axed, that we have all been fired, is BS. It is fake (expletive). I have not been fired from ‘Days of our Lives.’ That is ridiculous. None of my co-stars have been fired from the show.”
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