In what may be the most shocking news to come out of daytime that isn’t a cancellation, TVLine is reporting that Corday Productions has released its entire cast from their contracts and the show is going on an indefinite hiatus at the end of November. Corday, not Sony nor NBC, handles actor contracts.
Days of Our Lives has NOT been cancelled, but according to the report it is perceived by some as a shrewd business measure while Sony Pictures Television and NBC negotiate for the long-running NBC soap’s renewal.
“It’s actually a shrewd — if cynical — business move,” sniffs one insider. “If Days gets picked up, [Corday] can offer the actors new contacts at a reduced rate and with a ‘take-it-or-leave’ it attitude. Worst case scenario, they lose half their cast. Best case scenario [for Corday], everyone agrees to return at a lower salary.”
The positive news is that TVLine notes NBC wants to keep Days of Our Lives on the air. Reportedly, DAYS has filmed far enough in advance to keep it airing through the summer of 2020.
Hopefully, all parties can reach an agreement so that this may all turn out to be a drastic cost-cutting measure allowing the show to remain financially viable and on the air.