Days of Our Lives extended

Evil twins, love affairs with ghosts, demonic possessions, and returns from the dead have been pretty standard fare on daytime soap operas for decades, but one thing that isn't necessarily standard nowadays are contract renewals. Despite a bleak future for soaps, or because of it, NBC has signed its iron horse Days of Our Lives to 18 more months.

Such a short-term contract for Days of Our Lives is foreign territory for the program, which was given five years last time it signed on the dotted line, according to Variety. Given the fact that Days has been on the air for 43 years now, 18 months is merely a blip on its lifeline.

Executive producer Ken Corday is expected to make some casting changes as well, but no details have been announced yet. Days of Our Lives, which costs an estimated $1.7 million-$1.8 million to produce each week, is currently the third-highest-rated daytime soap among 18 to 49-year-olds and tied for first in the 18-34 women category.

Let's talk daytime soap operas--anyone out there watch them?

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Thanks for keeping DOOL on the air. Have been watching for 20+ years, and even though many of the character actors are not still there, I love it anyway. EJ & Sammy...and the others keep the ball rolling. However, can we PLEASE have a relationship that lasts!
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I also heard that they let Marlena & John go just so they can do the show for another 18 months. But no John & Marlena...I don't know how the show will survive without them.
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There were a few reasons to watch DOOL, like Farah Fath and Nadia Bjorlin. Hothothot.
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People still watch soaps - wow.
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God I hate soaps
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Im thrilled to see that DAYS is still here...yes I agree the show has gone down hill, but i still love it and feel like all the characters are a part of my life. Id be heartbroken if the show were ever cancelled!
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we need to save soaps! I still love Days and want it on the air for years to come!
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Wow! I used to watch it because my mom would watch it. I think that when the time comes for it to go off the air, I hope they give it a proper send off.
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Ew. Days is awful now.. They should of cancelled it it.. CANCEL IT!!! It was a waste of time!
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It's still on the air? I remember watching it with my mom after kindgergarden, lol.
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I have been watching this show since I was a baby. My mom has always watched it and I have become addicted to it. Although I think that at times the story line is stupid, I can't get enough of it. And It is one thing that my mom and I actually like to watch together. All my friends make fun of me because I'm 19 and they thinks soaps are for old people. Well they aren't! And I'm glad DOOL is staying on the air!
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I've been watching this show since 2002, so it's good to hear it's been renewed. Though I don't watch it as much anymore, it's still good to know it's going to remain on the air. :)
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It's good that DAYS was extended for another 18 months, but I'm concerned about the casting changes for the show, I hate to see my favorite characters pack up and leave.
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I watch Days! I'm glad to hear about this. Even with the crazy storylines, I'll always watch it.
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