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DAYS OF OUR LIVES Renewed Through September 2014, Airs 12,000th Episode On Friday


On the heels of celebrating its 12,000th episode, NBC has extended its long-running daytime drama DAYS OF OUR LIVES for an additional year, taking the show through September 2014 and past its 48th year anniversary in November 2013. The extension was announced today by Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. The 12,000th episode will air this Friday, January 11.

“We are thrilled to announce that DAYS OF OUR LIVES is not going anywhere. It is NBC's longest-running drama series by far and is one of the most historic brands in television,” said Salke. “We commend Ken Corday and the entire creative team on continuing to keep the stories and characters fresh, exciting and relevant year after year.”

“DAYS OF OUR LIVES has maintained a loyal and dedicated fan base for more than four decades and continues to reach a new generation of viewers,” said Steve Mosko, President, Sony Pictures Television. “We appreciate NBC’s support over the years and, as the show celebrates this significant milestone, we are thrilled that the show will continue to be a part of the NBC family.”

Executive producer Ken Corday follows in the tradition of his parents, Betty and Ted Corday, who co-created DAYS OF OUR LIVES and helmed the series for many years.

“After so many years in the homes and hearts of our loyal fans, I’m both humbled and elated to say it’s 2013 and we’re still going strong,” said Corday. “I am equally proud that the sense of family which my mom and dad established in our show 48 years ago, is still what drives it today. As we celebrate our 12,000th episode with an amazing cast and great support from our network, we look forward to what’s yet to come!”

[SPOILER ALERT]

In the 12,000th episode, Sami (played by Alison Sweeney, who coincidentally celebrates her 20-year anniversary on DAYS this week) and Rafe (Galen Gering) start getting close again. Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) finds an ally in her quest to win Daniel (Shawn Christian) away from Jennifer (Melissa Reeves). Meanwhile, Gabi (Camila Banus) prepares to marry Nick (Blake Berris) while carrying the baby of Will (Daytime Emmy winner Chandler Massey). All three continue to struggle with what role Will should play in the baby’s life. Before the episode’s end, someone throws a huge wrench into the wedding proceedings.

DAYS OF OUR LIVES (Monday-Friday, 1-2 p.m. ET) first premiered as a half-hour drama in 1965 and expanded to an hour 10 years later.

In its 47-plus years, DAYS OF OUR LIVES has garnered 215 Daytime Emmy nominations and 32 wins, including a recent Emmy win for Outstanding Writing as well as a GLAAD Award win for Outstanding Daily Drama. The show's success derives from its consistent commitment to excellence in writing and storytelling -- supported by a diverse ensemble of performers -- and an uncanny knack for anticipating viewer interests. DAYS is set in the fictitious midwestern town of Salem. The core families are the Bradys, the Hortons and the DiMeras. The multi-layered storylines involve elements of romance, adventure, mystery, comedy and drama.

DAYS OF OUR LIVES is produced by Corday Productions Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. Ken Corday is executive producer with co-executive producers Greg Meng and Lisa De Cazotte. Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell are the head writers.

3 comments:

  1. Congratulations on this monumental milestone. Also great news about being renewed through Sept 2014. As a viewer I will continue to watch this show because of the wonderful performances of each cast member involved. My personal favorite storyline involves Will and Sonny (Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith) and I hope that this storyline continues to be explored as well as the other storylines in effect. Everyone is doing a terrific job.

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  2. Congrats from me as well, a long-time viewer who has left and come back again recently. I really think the show is better now than it has been in nearly 15 years, and the writing and storylines are back to what I remember on DAYS in the early to mid-80s. I'm so glad the show is renewed and still reaching people.

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  3. Jennifer and Daniel are the main reason I watch. However I love seeing Maggie. She is just great. I wish they would bring more of the Hortons back. I hate to see the show leave the main core family. They did that to Guiding Light.Look what happened.

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