'Days of our Lives' Renewed for 52nd Season

“Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.”

Those words, which have drawn millions of eager viewers to their television sets for six decades, will remain a high point of the broadcast day for a record 52nd season with the announcement today of NBC’s latest renewal of the acclaimed drama.

“We feel so privileged to be able to continue the remarkable legacy of Days of our Lives,” said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment.” “We thank Ken Corday and his team for their incredible accomplishments and look forward to all the stories from Salem that will continue to unfold.”

Said Ken Corday, executive producer: “It’s a great day in Salem! We’re pleased to announce that after more than 51 years in the hearts and homes of our amazing fans, Days of our Lives will continue to be part of the NBC family. We are grateful to our incredible network and longstanding partner Sony for their continued support, and we look forward to what the future will bring under the new creative direction of the show. I’m especially proud to be able to shepherd Days into the new season, continuing my parents dream and the show’s legacy.”

'General Hospital' Spoilers (February 20-24, 2017)

"Something must seriously be wrong," a worried Anna tells Robin.
What's happening on ABC soap opera General Hospital during the week of February 20-24, 2017? Check out the day-to-day spoilers and a sneak peek video below to find out.

Monday, February 20
Carly plans a romantic getaway; Ned makes a life-altering decision; Julian makes a grave mistake; Anna shares her fears with Robin; Griffin views Anna's test results.

Watch 'The Young and the Restless' Star Jess Walton's Heart Disease PSA

Did you know that cardiovascular diseases cause one in three women's deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute? February is American Heart Month, and CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless worked with the American Heart Association on a new storyline about women's heart disease, which is the number one killer of women in the United States.

In Thursday's episode of Y&R, original character Jill Abbott Atkinson (now played by Daytime Emmy winner Jess Walton) was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack.

Following the episode, a “CBS Cares” PSA featuring Jess Walton ran, encouraging viewers to visit American Heart Association’s heart.org to learn how to manage risks and recognize the warning signs of a heart attack.

Watch the PSA below.

Ron Carlivati Wants 'Days of our Lives' Fans to Laugh, Cry and Yearn for Couples

It may not be the latest "Plan to Save Days of our Lives" but in the current issue of Soap Opera Digest, executive producer Ken Corday previews what to expect under new head writer Ron Carlivati.

"He will bring to the show things that the show hasn't had for quite a while," says Corday. "What he said to me is that he wants the show to make you laugh again and he wants the show to make you cry again and he wants the show to make you yearn for certain couples again as opposed to, ‘Why are they doing this? Why are they doing that?’ So he will resolidify shortly after his tenure starts. We will see couples that I’m a big fan of and that I think viewers are big fans of, as well."

Carlivati was able to deliver wonderful humor as head writer for both One Life to Live and General Hospital, so we can expect the same on Days. It will honestly be a nice change from the current state of the show.

Vincent Irizarry Leaving 'Days of our Lives' as Deimos

Vincent Irizarry plays Deimos on Days of our Lives, but for how much longer?
According to a Soap Central report, Vincent Irizarry is out as Deimos Kiriakis on NBC soap opera Days of our Lives. The actor, who first aired in January 2016, has reportedly wrapped his run, which means he will last air sometime this summer.

Irizarry was enthuastic when he began his Days run.

"I honestly couldn't be happier to be working with such wonderfully gifted people, all of whom who have been so warm and welcoming," he posted on Facebook in 2015. "I'm equally thrilled to be playing a character I've already loved playing these past weeks, with scripts that have been so wonderful, I'm excited each time I open a new one to find out what the writers have in store for me next, and alongside actors I have so much respect for. What a true, absolute pleasure it's all been!!!"

Days has not made an official comment on Irizarry's departure.

Now that ABC has the rights to All My Children once again, it's not out of the realm of possibility that Irizarry could reprise his role as AMC's Dr. David Hayward on General Hospital.

'Days of our Lives' Spoilers (February 20-24, 2017)

JJ and Gabi look for ways to keep warm while locked in a freezer.
What's happening on NBC soap opera Days of our Lives during the week of February 20-24, 2017? Check out the day-to-day spoilers and a sneak peek video below to find out.

Monday, February 20
Chloe and Nicole learn who gets custody of Holly; a furious Nicole breaks up with Deimos; Eduardo and Andre contact Deimos to set up an exchange; Abigail and JJ work together to find Gabi and Chad, whose lives hang in the balance.