After much speculation, NBC has renewed the daytime soap “Days of Our Lives” for a 52nd season, the network announced on Tuesday.
The news follows reports that the network was contemplating ending the long-running show to make room for a new daytime show starring former Fox News host and new NBC hire Megyn Kelly.
Back in January, veteran writer Ron Carlivati signed on as head writer of “Days,” replacing Dena Hugley and Ryan Quan.
“We feel so privileged to be able to continue the remarkable legacy of ‘Days of our Lives,'” NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said in a statement. “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.”
“It’s a great day in Salem!” added executive producer Ken Corday. “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.”
Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, Sony Pictures Television, added: “‘Days of our Lives’ has a legacy of rich storytelling that has traveled across generations. Ken Corday and the cast and crew continue to deliver dynamic storylines and unforgettable performances, and we are proud to continue to bring this award-winning series to audiences both in the U.S. and around the world.”
“Days of our Lives” is produced by Corday Productions Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. Greg Meng and Albert Alarr serve as co-executive producers.