The sand appears to be leaking out of the hourglass for lovers of this soap.
Set in the fictional Midwestern town of Salem, this long-running saga follows the lives, loves, triumphs and tragedies of the Horton, Brady, Kiriakis, Hernandez and DiMera families.
Days of Our Lives is one of the longest-running scripted television programs in the world, airing nearly every weekday since November 8, 1965. But is that about to change?
Love stories, family troubles and suspenseful adventures might be coming to an end.
The entire cast just got released from their contracts. TMZ has confirmed the producers of the more than 50-year-old soap opera let all their actors out of their deals. That means the actors are all free to get new jobs, but it doesn't necessarily mean the show is over.
The NBC soap opera is just about to start airing season 55. It will then be on indefinite hiatus. NBC will decide early 2020 whether or not they will bring the show back for season 56.
There is a little bit of good news for fans though. They shoot the show 8 months in advance That means when the show halts production at the end of November, there will be enough episodes to last through Summer 2020.
This has all come about as Sony Pictures Television and NBC are in negotiations to renew the series.
A source revealed to TVLine claims that by releasing the contracted cast members from from their commitment to the show, producers have no guarantee who, if anyone, will return.
“It’s actually a shrewd — if cynical — business move,” “If Days gets picked up, theycan offer the actors new contacts at a reduced rate and with a ‘take-it-or-leave’ it attitude. Worst case scenario, they lose half their cast. Best case scenario, everyone agrees to return at a lower salary.”
The same source told TVLine, “All indications are that NBC would like to keep the show going.”