The broadcaster has extended the daytime drama’s run by two seasons, taking the series to its 58th season. As has been the case repeatedly in recent years, this comes after lengthy negotiations with distributor Sony Pictures TV. Days wrapped up production on its 56th season in April, having amassed enough episodes to continue until the end of the summer. Negotiations for a renewal were already underway at the time, and writers were already working on stories for the 2021-22 season.
“After more than 55 years of bringing drama, adventure and romance to screens around the world, we are thrilled and honored to carry on the Days of our Lives legacy for another two years,” said Corday. “We are thankful to NBC for their enduring commitment to the show and grateful to continue this wonderful journey with our fans for years to come.”
Negotiations over the drama’s future have been tense at times in recent years. The actors’ contracts were terminated in November 2019, after the show’s 55th season had ended; the pickup for a 56th season came shortly after.
Corday Productions also sued Sony in 2019, claiming that the studio failed to do its best in distributing Days of our Lives.
The lawsuit said Sony made the decision to “eliminate any competition to its wholly owned series The Young and the Restless. … In the annals of Hollywood television, it is difficult to identify a distributor more guilty of blatant conflict of interest, deceit, perfidy, and abuse of market power.”
The judge rejected several claims in the lawsuit, although the claim that Sony did not adequately market Days of our Lives and did not share marketing costs was allowed to move forward.
The soap aired its 14,000th episode in December and is NBC’s longest-running entertainment series. Days premiered in November 1965 and is the second longest-running daytime drama currently on the air. That title is held by the ABC series General Hospital, which began in 1963.