Wednesday, January 18, 2017
'Days of Our Lives' cancellation rumors!
Say it isn't so! The longest running soap opera could be ending when the current contract is over?!
Several of the networks have figured out that talk shows are cheaper overhead and soap operas don't return as much money on the investment. There are actors to pay, costumes, sets, hair and make-up, etc involved in soap operas. More moving parts means more overhead.
"Days of Our Lives" is currently on NBC and airing from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM in most areas. That is a time slot that other networks have been known to cancel soaps for in order to put talk shows in. ABC cancelled "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" in 2011 for that very reason.
The long running soap opera is in its 51st year. Unfortunately, the NBC network has opted to put "DOOL" on a year by year contract instead of a long-term one as it was before. The current contract is ending in the fall of 2017. People reports that sources close to the show and some high execs have been informed that this is the last year. The contract is rumored to end, with no new contract for future episodes in 2018.
Megyn Kelly's exit from FOX News was announced on Tuesday. She will be leaving in July and then will have to fulfill a six-month non-compete clause. She will eventually be joining the NBC team, and while no official decision has been announced, she has had three amazing offers from Andrew Lack who is the NBC News chairman. She could anchor an in-depth news show to air on Sunday evenings, could be part of the special coverage team for the big events, and could have a daytime news show.
So far it looks like the rumors of "The Today Show" giving up an hour for a new daytime show are just rumors. It sounds like "Days of Our Lives" is on the chopping block to make room for a new daytime program for Megyn Kelly. "Days of Our Lives" has made a lot of changes over the last few years. Lots of story line changes, and many comings and goings. The writers have changed and so has the show. There was hope among fans that it would be enough to save the show, but it seems that the end is not a question of if, but when. #SoapOpera #DaysOfOurLives
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