Days of Our Lives fans have been anxiously waiting to hear news of a contract deal that would extend the show for another year or two, but so far the fate of the show hangs in the balance. Though not long ago some tied to the show said that everybody was optimistic about a DOOL renewal, some news now emerging makes some viewers a bit anxious. What is the latest on this renewal front?
Not long ago, reports had indicated that a Days of Our Lives renewal was quite likely, but that the negotiation period for a new contract was not due to begin until February. According to TVLine, NBC has been happy with the show in recent months and they were content with the bump that came with the 50th anniversary storylines that played out during the fall.
As DOOL fans know, the show tapes about six months in advance and the current contract runs until September. That means that what is filming right now will likely air right about the time the current contract runs out. There have been plenty of Days of Our Lives spoilers teasing big things to come this spring and fans are dying to see where things head in Salem.
— TV Insider (@tvinsider) November 30, 2015
It has been revealed that Daniel Cosgrove will be returning in the role of Aiden Jennings in some way a bit down the road and Matthew Ashford is returning for a handful of episodes this spring as Jack Deveraux. Unfortunately, there are some big departures ahead as well, as Kate Mansi is leaving her role of Abigail Deveraux and Greg Vaughan is departing as Eric Brady.
Given all of the big changes teased to be on the way, could the show really be on the verge of cancellation? According to Daytime Confidential, a new directive has been made and this is leaving some viewers feeling a bit on edge. Reports indicate that the writing team led by Dena Higley and Josh Griffith have been told to stop writing for now.
Sources detail that Higley, Griffith and their team of writers have been directed to put their work on hold until a deal with Corday Productions, Sony and NBC is in place. Obviously, the timing syncs up with when the current contract ends and word is that the current scripts cover the episodes until September.
Days of Our Lives fans are definitely buzzing about this news regarding the writing team, but there are a variety of opinions floating around. Some think this writing hold is no big deal and that things will be resolved smoothly and quickly. Others are concerned that an official
However, others are concerned that an official DOOL renewal seems to be taking longer than it should, and that this time a renewal may not come. The show has had scares about renewals in previous years, but this time around viewers seem to be a bit more anxious than usual.
— Days of our Lives (@nbcdays) February 8, 2016
There are some insiders, however, who say that there is no reason to worry about the Days of Our Lives contract renewal. Serial Scoop recently detailed that a source close to the show had shared that a DOOL renewal really was a done deal, but the announcement would not be coming until the official negotiating period hit.
Do you think there is reason to worry over the news that the DOOL writers have been told to hold off on creating further episodes? Will NBC renew Days of Our Lives or could a cancellation really be on the way?
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