NBC In Talks For Season 57 Of ‘Days Of Our Lives’

Days of Our Lives‘ renewals over the past several years have contained as much drama as the daytime staple itself. This year is not an exception. Negotiations between NBC and Sony Pictures Television have been ongoing. The two sides are not commenting but, according to sources, there hasn’t been any cause for alarm and insiders have been optimistic that Days of Our Lives will be renewed for a record 57th season.

Maximilian B. Bryer, Early Force In Soap Operas, Dies At 98

CBS Soaps Suspend Production

CBS daytime dramas are the latest TV series impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In the face of a fast-escalating health crisis and new restrictions by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti aimed at slowing the epidemic, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful are stopping production. The shutdown is effective Tuesday, March 17, as both series are dark on Mondays. Currently, filming is suspended for the next two weeks.

‘Young And The Restless’ Marks Peter Bergman’s Milestone

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five years ago, “The Young and the Restless” celebrated Peter Bergman’s quarter-century on the daytime serial with a cake and speeches. The actor says he didn’t expect any fuss over his 30th year playing Jack Abbott, but producers devised a plot twist worthy of a soap opera. To publicly honor the […]

William Wintersole, Soap Actor, Dies At 88

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Defying The Odds, Soaps Are Survivors

While their ranks have thinned over the years to just four now and their audiences growing older, CBS’s The Young and the Restless and The Bold and The Beautiful, ABC’s General Hospital and NBC’s Days of Our Lives are still drawing viewers that lots of advertisers lust after. “There are many advertisers who need to reach that audience of women during the day. And several of the soaps draw more viewers than primetime shows,” says Katz Media Group’s Stacey Schulman.

Soaps Stage Daytime Emmys Revolt

The Daytime Emmy Awards are in danger of losing one of their biggest attractions, the daytime dramas, whose acting nominees bring star power to the ceremony. In an unprecedented show of unity, all four daytime soaps, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless, have come together to threaten a boycott if changes in the voting and accounting practices for the awards and the way the competition is held are not changed.

NBC Renews ‘Days Of Out Lives’ Once Again

The long-running soap has secured a Season 54 (!) pickup from the network. Days premiered as a half-hour drama in 1965 and expanded to an hour a decade later. It has won 52 Emmy awards. In 2017, the sudser aired its 13,000th episode.

Turkish Soaps Latest Causualty Of Mideast Conflict

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A major Middle Eastern satellite network now believed to be majority-owned by Saudi Arabia has stopped airing Turkish soap operas, the latest entertainment casualties in the region’s volatile politics. The Dubai-based MBC Group stopped broadcasting its popular Arabic-dubbed Turkish soap operas on March 1, a decision coming just after […]

Anthony Geary Quits ‘General Hospital’ After 37 Years

Soap Opera Writer Sam Hall Dies At 93

Revenge Of The Soap Opera: Ratings Up 15%

After a depressing run that saw many dramas get axed, soaps are seeing a resurgence in this year’s Daytime Emmys race.

ABC’s ‘General Hospital’ To Continue

Just a short two years ago, General Hospital was staring down the barrel of cancellation as ABC took away its long-time 3 p.m. slot for the pricey new Katie Couric talk show. Now Katie is facing a demise, set to end its rocky two-season run in May, while General Hospital has been thriving. ABC does not officially renew its soaps but Deadline has learned that, not surprisingly, General Hospital will continue next season.

NBC Renews ‘Days of Our Lives’ Through ’16

NBC has ordered two more years of daytime drama, Days of Our Lives. It will continue through September 2016. The Emmy-winning daytime drama will celebrate its 50th year in television in November 2015.

Venezuela President Blames Soap Operas For Crime

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro has a new villain as he campaigns to bring down Venezuela’s spiraling crime: TV soap operas. He accuses them of spreading “anti-values” to young people by glamorizing violence, guns and drugs. The criticism follows attacks last year by Maduro on violent video games and the Hollywood movie “Spider-Man.” […]

If Soaps Are Dead, Why Are Viewers Growing?

It appears that reports of the death of the soap opera have been greatly exaggerated. The remaining daytime dramas are showing increased numbers this year (insert shocked gasp here).

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End Of Daytime Drama (Not What You Think)

Ah, as the world turns. It’s time to come clean on soaps. And the news is…good. Soaps are back. Well, perhaps it’s more accurate to say that soaps are steady. And that’s something that couldn’t be said just a couple of years ago. The genre still thrives elsewhere, especially in network primetime. For a genre that’s all been written off as a relic, it’s showing that it might just have one life to live after all.

Networks Cleaning Up With Daytime Soaps

There may only be four left on ABC, CBS and NBC, but they are holding onto their audience. In fact, for the first time in memory, each of these shows — which have been around for a combined 144 years — actually posted quarterly ratings gains vs. the previous year.

Online Soap Revival Begins On Monday

After being canceled by ABC in 2011, All My Children will be back starting Monday with much of its august cast intact, but this time it will be online. Joining AMC the same day will be One Life to Live, another venerable soap cut down by ABC after 44 seasons. Each serial will unveil four daily half-hours per week, plus a recap/behind-the-scenes episode on Fridays, with 42 weeks of original programming promised for the first year.

Soaps Veteran Lori March Scourby Dies At 90

Paul Rauch, Producer Of Daytime Soaps, Dies

Surprise! Soap Opera Ratings Bubble Up

A year after ABC ditched two daytime dramas, the remaining shows are seeing a resurgence.

Planned Online TV Network Fueled By Soaps

Jeff Kwatinetz, a Hollywood executive whose rise was as quick as his fall, is kicking up dust with an online channel featuring new episodes of One Life to Live and All My Children.

‘Bold’ Wins 4 Emmys As Soap Selection Slims

The 38th annual Daytime Emmys ceremony that aired live Sunday on CBS from the Las Vegas Hilton was a bittersweet affair. Joining ABC’s All My Children and One Life to Live on their way out were talk show host Regis Philbin, Today personality Meredith Vieira and daytime queen Oprah Winfrey, who wasn’t present for a tribute to her recently concluded 25 years on the air.

Soap Opera Fans Ask ABC Affils To Save Shows

P&G Moves From Soap Operas To Tweets

Procter & Gamble Co., whose sponsorship and production of daytime TV dramas helped coin the term “soap operas,” has pulled the plug after 77 years, opting to move to digital media like YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

‘Days Of Our Lives’ Gets Two-Year Renewal

In a welcome bit of news for the daytime soap opera segment, NBC will announce today that it is renewing its only daytime soap, Days of Our Lives, for two more years.

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