MORE DAYS IN STORE FOR "DAYS OF OUR LIVES" SOAP OPERA ON NBC.
Compiled By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
"Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives."
"We're thrilled that the sands will continue flowing through the hourglass for yet another year," said "Days of Our Lives" executive producer Ken Corday.
Those words, which have drawn millions of eager viewers to their television sets for six decades, will remain a high point of the broadcast day for a record 54th season with the announcement of NBC's latest renewal of the acclaimed drama "Days of our Lives."
"We're very excited about having more great 'Days' in Salem," said Bruce Evans, Executive Vice President, Current Programming, NBC Entertainment. "Ken Corday and his team continue to tell stories with which the 'Days' loyal audience feels a deep connection. We congratulate them on their remarkable daytime legacy and look forward to what they have planned for the new season."
Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, Sony Pictures Television, added: "Ken Corday and his cast and crew continue to reach generations of viewers through intriguing storylines and strong characters. We are proud that generations of fans, both in the U.S. and around the world, will continue to enjoy "Days of our Lives" into its 54th season."
"Days of our Lives," which aired its 13,000th episode in 2017, remains a television institution. The show first premiered as a half-hour drama in 1965 and expanded to an hour 10 years later.
The show has garnered 52 Emmy Awards, including most recently 2013 and 2015's Outstanding Daytime Drama, and 298 nominations, as well as multiple People's Choice Awards, GLAAD Media Awards, and Prism Awards.
The show is currently in its 53rd season and remains a favorite among critics and fans alike. "Days of our Lives" airs nationally on NBC in the United States and in more than 25 countries internationally.
"Days of our Lives" is set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem. The core families are the Bradys, Hortons and DiMeras, and the multi-layered storylines involve elements of romance, adventure, mystery, comedy and drama.
The soap opera is produced by Corday Productions, Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. Ken Corday is the executive producer with co-executive producers Greg Meng and Albert Alarr. Ron Carlivati is the head writer.
Editor’s Note: Information used in this report obtained from publicity department press releases.
OTHER TV NEWS:
JON FAVREAU TO EXECUTIVE PRODUCE AND WRITE LIVE-ACTION "STAR WARS" SERIES
Lucasfilm is excited to announce that Emmy-nominated producer and actorJon Favreau has signed on to executive produce and write a live-action “Star Wars” series for Disney's new direct-to-consumer platform. Favreau is no stranger to the Star Wars galaxy having played roles in both the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series and in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story.
"I couldn't be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform," says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.
"Jon brings the perfect mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the Star Wars universe. This series will allow Jon the chance to work with a diverse group of writers and directors and give Lucasfilm the opportunity to build a robust talent base."
Favreau is thrilled to be returning to the Star Wars galaxy: "If you told me at 11 years old that I would be getting to tell stories in the Star Wars universe, I wouldn't have believed you. I can't wait to embark upon this exciting adventure."
Disney's collaborations with Favreau extend back a decade, when he helped launch the Marvel Cinematic Universe as director of Iron Man and Iron Man 2 and as an executive producer of the Iron Man and Avengers films for Marvel Studios.
For Disney, he directed and produced the massively successful The Jungle Book, which won an Academy Award for its groundbreaking visual effects. He is currently in production on Disney's highly anticipated reimagining of “The Lion King,” which is set for release in 2019.
The untitled “Star Wars” live-action series does not yet have a release date.