Days of Our Lives set to be renewed for 56th season... just TWO WEEKS after entire cast of the series had been released from their contracts
- Executive producer Ken Corday told production workers Thursday of the renewal
- Entire cast of the series had been released from their contracts earlier this month
- It's set to go on hiatus at the end of the month, though it has shot enough episodes to last through next summer
- Longtime soap remains on the air along with stalwarts such as The Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and the Restless and General Hospital
- New digital series titled Last Blast Reunion set to launch on the DOOL App later this month
- The daytime drama has run for more than 13,000 episodes since first debuting in 1965
- Series is set in the fictional Midwestern town of Salem
The daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives is nearing a deal for a renewal for a 56th season at NBC.
According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, the deal for the new season is not done yet but all signs point to it being closed soon.
The news comes less than two weeks after it was reported that the entire cast of the series had been released from their contracts, which some took as a sign the show was coming to an end.
Like sands through the hourglass: The daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives is nearing a deal for a renewal for a 56th season at NBC
Executive producer Ken Corday told production workers Thursday of the renewal, according to TMZ. It was not immediately clear if the cast members would be rehired, according to the outlet.
Days of our Lives is produced by Corday Productions, Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television, executive produced by Corday, Greg Meng and Albert Alarr, and has Ron Carlivati as its head writer.
The show's Chrishell Hartley previously told TMZ that she was optimistic it would go on.
'I think the show, [producers are] trying really hard to save it, so its not as dire as it sounds,' said the actress, 38. 'They really want to save the show, so if you watch the show, definitely tune in and if you tuned out, tune back in.'
Forging ahead: Executive producer Ken Corday (pictured) told production workers Thursday of the renewal
Staying positive: The show's Chrishell Hartley previously told TMZ that she was optimistic it would go on. She was snapped in May in LA
She said that the best way to support a series to watch it the day of its first broadcast 'so that it helps the ratings.'
The daytime drama has run for over 13,000 episodes since first debuting in 1965; it will go on hiatus at the end of November, though it has shot enough episodes to last through the end of the current broadcast season.
It remains one of the few daytime soaps still on the air, with the others being The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless on CBS, as well as General Hospital on ABC.
Bringing the suds: Galen Gering and Alison Sweeney were seen in a shot from the series
Days is set in the fictional Midwestern town of Salem and follows lives of the Brady, Horton and DiMera families. The show was renewed for its current 55th season back in January.
It was announced earlier this week that a new Days of Our Lives digital series, entitled Last Blast Reunion, would launch on the DOOL App on Nov. 29.
The streaming series will bring nine characters from the 2000 season of the show back together for a special Salem High class reunion. Brandon Beemer, Martha Madison, Nadia Bjorlin, Heather Lindell, Aaron Van Wagner and Lindsay Hollister are all reprising roles, while Teressa Liane and Chadwick Hopson have been added in recasting.