The citizens of Salem, U.S.A. will live to fight another season! NBC has renewed Days of Our Lives through Sept. 2014. NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke announced the news today, two days ahead of DAYS' 12,000th episode set to air this Friday.
“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 in a press release. “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, which is co-owned by Corday Productions and Sony Pictures Television, has been a part of the Peacock's daytime lineup since its premiere in 1965. Sony TV's Prexy Steve Mosko praised the soap's "dedicated fan base" when discussing the renewal.
"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 Mosko. “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.”
Ken Corday—whose parents, the late Ted and Betty Corday, created the sudser—also weighed in on the news.
“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!”
Congrats to the cast and crew!