In a series of Instagram stories posted yesterday, “Days of our Lives” actress Tamara Braun (Ava Vitali) revealed that the daytime drama series is back in production after a “hiatus.”
In Braun’s first video recorded at The Burbank Studios where the soap is filmed, she sings “Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s back to work I go,” a phrase made famous with the song “Heigh-Ho” from the 1937 film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” The video is accompanied by an animated sticky note with the words “Back to Work.” The @nbcdays handle is also tagged.
“Behind the scenes. Back to work from our hiatus. Hope everyone’s doing well. Just going to get my little lashes on — bing, bing,” she added as she blinked her eyes to express her last two words. The words “Back to Work” appeared in regular text this time and the @nbcdays handle was again tagged.
Braun’s third Instagram video highlighted the fake trees she was walking by which are used on set for park scenes. The phrases “Work Time,” “Real Fake” and “Go Work” appear on the screen along with the @nbcdays handle once again being tagged. In her fourth video in the studio, she says, “Happy Monday! Be happy. Be kind. Be joyful and be safe.” She used the words “behind the scenes” and “have the best day,” and again tagged the @nbcdays handle.
It wasn’t clear whether Braun’s videos were recorded on Monday or Tuesday as she later noted she got her days mixed up from a previous Instagram post she had made, but that is pure semantics. The real story is “DAYS” is back in production. However, it’s unclear if this means the show has been officially renewed for a 57th season considering it had already wrapped production on season 56 which is expected to air through September 2021.
As previously reported, NBC and Sony Pictures Television, which produces the soap with Corday Productions, were said to be in ongoing conversations over a renewal for the soap. “Everyone is proceeding under the assumption that the show will be back,” an insider told TVLine of where things stood in terms of the writers plotting out storylines following the show wrapping production last month.
Deadline recently reported that the show was making “if-come deals with key cast members,” meaning that some actors were committing to return to the soap should it be renewed but would not be paid until a deal was in place. To be clear, if the show is in fact back in production, the cast and crew are back on payroll as well.
At press time, NBC, Sony Pictures Television nor Corday Productions have officially issued any statements as to whether the show has been picked up for season 57. Neither party has formally commented on the show’s status since the show received its renewal order for season 56 back in January 2020.
NBC formally announces it fall lineup on Monday, May 17 to ad buyers via a virtual upfront presentation. Typically, the presentation highlights the upcoming primetime shows the network has ordered along with highlights from those show that were renewed. Rarely has the network waited this late in the game to announce whether “DAYS” will be part of its lineup during the next television season, but an announcement is expected to come well before the aforementioned upfront presentation.
You can watch Braun’s Insta story below as captured by Twitter user @LanaDOOL.