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Last week for Days of Our Lives was about as dramatic as one of its storylines! It was reported by TVLine that the entire cast of the show was released from their current contracts. The news quickly spread like wildfire and acquired mass media coverage from sites like USA Today, The New York Times, and TMZ. But like that old game of telephone, as you continue to pass on the news the message gets more and more misconstrued. Soon enough everyone was concerned that the soap was surely canceled.
The soap genre’s loyal fanbase came together to protest the “announced” cancellation on social media. Because if there is one thing that all soap fans can agree on is that we have to protect our remaining soaps! Days of Our Lives has been around for over five decades. Its cultural impact is astounding. In fact, in a turn of events we never saw coming, Days of Our Lives was a trending topic on Twitter the day of the news! Luckily, for us though, several actors took to social media to calm our nerves and call out the false reports. Kristian Alfonso (Hope Brady) even pulled in Head Writer Ron Carlivati into her message letting fans know that the show wasn’t going anywhere. So, what’s the real tea?
Freddie Smith, who portrays Sonny Kiriakis on the soap, took the opportunity to explain the situation on his podcast The Freddie & Alyssa Show. The cast usually goes on a break around the holidays, but it was reported that the hiatus would be longer than usual. Most reports are stating that the show would begin production again around March of 2020. That part wasn’t really “news” to most. Freddie even stated that he had acknowledged it publicly. He then spoke on the issue of the contracts. Most media reports took the negative spin and stated that everyone had been fired. However, that may be technically true, that is not the full story behind the scenes. Since Days of Our Lives is taking their extended hiatus they opted to end the casts’ contracts for a couple of reasons. The first being money. With the show in current negotiations with Sony and NBC for renewal, this move will save them money that could help bring the show back for another year. The second reason is for the actors. With them not being contractually obligated to Days they now have the opportunity to do other projects during the several months when they aren’t filming the soap.
The show was and still is going through a ton of changes on set and on screen. Smith mentioned that the show is still spending money working on sets. Why would they be doing that if the show wasn’t coming back? The initial report of the contract news also stated that all signs are pointing to NBC wanting to keep the series as part of its daytime lineup. This is all good news! And the amount of media coverage the show has received over the last week is bound to get the right people talking. Saturday Night Live even included Days in its opening skit! How crazy is that?!
So, what can we as fans do to ensure that Days of Our Lives and all of our soaps stay around for a long time? Share your love of the series on social media, write letters of support to the networks, and we can’t stress this last one enough. WATCH! Tuning in and supporting these soaps will guarantee that they will be around for a long time!