‘Days of Our Lives’ renewal expected, following news of planned shutdown

It looks like the sands will keep passing through the hourglass for “Days of Our Lives.”

The long-running NBC soap opera, which debuted in 1965, made headlines last week when it was reported that the the show’s entire cast had been released from their contracts. While final contract details are being worked out, the show is expected to return for a 56th season, USA TODAY has confirmed. NBC declined comment. 

“Days” planned an “indefinite hiatus” later this month, after  it completes taping for the 2019-20 TV season, with enough episodes to air until September.

Chandler Massey, who portrays Will Horton on  the series, took to Twitter following the news to assure fans that the daytime soap opera wasn’t going anywhere. 

“We’re not being cancelled,” he tweeted Nov. 12. “We are pausing production because we are so far ahead of schedule (and it saves us $). Days will still air during the entire hiatus, so you won’t miss anything!”

He wasn’t the only star to speak out. The same day, Camila Banus, who plays Gabriella Hernandez posted a live Twitter stream, calling the reports “fake, false news.”

“Let me clear this up for everybody,” Banus said. “All these articles with headlines saying that our show’s being axed, that we have all been fired, is BS. It is fake (expletive). I have not been fired from ‘Days of our Lives.’ That is ridiculous. None of my co-stars have been fired from the show.”

The show has won several Daytime Emmy Awards during its long run, including the outstanding drama series title in 1978, 2013, 2015 and 2018.

Contributing: Gary Levin and Rashi Ali

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