‘Days of Our Lives’ Future Uncertain Ahead of Season 57

by Joe Rutland

Soap opera fans are beginning to wonder if those “sands through the hourglass” are becoming less for NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” right now.

The soap opera, which has been a mainstay of the network’s soap opera schedule for 56 seasons, is currently on hiatus, according to a story from TV Line. It is the only soap opera on NBC’s daytime schedule.

Negotiations to bring back the show for a 57th season are underway. Where do those talks stand? No word has been given about their status. Show writers, though, are reportedly working on scripts in the hopes of getting renewed.

NBC Almost Canceled ‘Days of Our Lives’ Back In 2019

Two years ago, news about “Days of Our Lives” potentially being canceled started trickling out. NBC, though, came back two months after that news got out and renewed the soap opera, according to PopCulture.

“Days of Our Lives” made its debut on NBC on Nov. 8, 1965. The classic show opening, which once was narrated by cast member Macdonald Carey, shows a large hourglass with sand dropping through it. Carey would say, “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.”

One of the show’s stars is Susan Seaforth Hayes, who has appeared in all seven decades of its existence. She and her real-life husband Bill Hayes, who played Doug Williams on the show, had a role in giving the show more publicity.

It is believed the Hayes might have been television’s first super-couple as their popularity rose in the mid-to-late 1970s. Hayes, though, had his character killed off the show in 2004 by actress Deidre Hall, who played Dr. Marlena Evans.

Soap Opera Remains Set In Salem With Numerous Cast Members

The Hayes were married in 1974 and remain married to this day.

As for a little background on the show, it’s set in the fictional town of Salem. The two main families that make up “Days of Our Lives” are the Hortons and the Bradys.

There have been a number of high-profile actors who have been on the show. Hall left in 1987 due to playing a role in “Our House” opposite actor Wilford Brimley. When that show was canceled, Hall was asked by “Days” show producers to return. She did in 1991 and stayed for 18 more seasons until her contract was cut by NBC in 2009.

Alison Sweeney, Christie Clark, Joseph Mascolo, and Thaao Penghlis also have been a part of the cast in recent years.