Wednesday, January 20, 2016

NBC "Optimistic" About 'Days of our Lives' Renewal, Exec Says Negotiating Period Starts in February

The cast of Days of our Lives. Pictured: (l-r) Eric Martsolf as
Brady Black, Judie Evans as Adrien Kiriakis, Jen Lilley as Thersea
Donovan, John Aniston as Victor Kiriakis, Meredith Scott Lynn as Anne
Milbauer, Josh Taylor as Roman Brady, Peggy McCay as Caroline Brady,
Stephen Nichols as Steven Johnson, Mary Beth Evans as Kayla Brady,
Greg Vaughan as Eric Brady, Alison Sweeney as Sami Brady, Drake
Hogestyn as John Black, Christopher Sean as Paul Narita, Deidre Hall as
Dr. Marlena Evans, Bill Hayes as Doug Williams, Susan Hayes as Julie
Willimas, Kate Mansi as Abigail Deveraux, Robert Scott Wilson as Ben
Rogers, Kristian Alfonso as Hope Brady, Missy Reeves as Jennifer Horton,
Suzanne Rogers as Maggie Horton, Casey Moss as JJ Deveraux, Camila
Banus as Gabi Hernandez, James Reynolds as Abe Carver, Sal Stowers
as Lani, A. Martinez as Eduardo, Thaao Penghlis as Tony DiMera, Bryan
Dattilo as Lucas Roberts, Lauren Koslow as Kate Roberts, Joe Mascolo
as Stefano DiMero, Billy Flynn as Chad DiMero -- (Photo by: Chris
Two years ago this month, Days of our Lives was renewed by NBC through September 2016. With its latest deal up, and the show shooting six months ahead, much speculation has gone into whether the network would renew the soap and, if not, how much time would be left to wrap up stories. According to a new TVLine story, NBC is optimistic a Days renewal will happen.

“We’re happy with where Days was this year,” NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt says. “We have a negotiating period that starts in February. Stay tuned.”

NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke is “optimistic” a successful re-negotiation with Days producer, Sony Pictures Television, will take place.

“We’ve been really happy with the show,” Salke says. “I’ve been over there seeing Ken [Corday, executive producer] and the team and the new writers. They’re an incredible group and we love the show. They got a [ratings] bump in the fall for their 50th anniversary. There’s a creative resurgence and exciting storytelling going on right now.”

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