‘Days of our Lives’ to Be Preempted for NBC’s Coverage of the Tokyo Olympic Games Starting This Friday

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After being forced to postpone coverage of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games due to the coronavirus pandemic, NBC is finally moving forward in 2021 with the Tokyo games officially kicking off on Friday, July 23. Sadly, this means that “Days of our Lives” will not be aired throughout the duration of the games.

With a full day of Olympic programming planned on NBC, kicking off with the network’s first-ever live morning broadcast of an Opening Ceremony, the soap along with all other non-sports programs will be preempted from Friday, July 23 through Sunday, August 8, the night of the closing ceremonies. “Days of our Lives” will resume airing on Monday, August 9.

With just four episodes airing this week, the soap has some juicy storylines that’ll leave fans whetting their appetite for when the show returns.

First up, with her secret out in the open thanks to Sami (Alison Sweeney) paying Xander (Paul Telfer) some big bucks to reveal their tryst, Nicole (Arianne Zucker) is out for revenge against her sister-in-law. Thanks to some help from Philip (Jay Kenneth Johnson), she’ll leave EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) with some tasty news that will explode by the week’s end. Meanwhile, Ben (Robert Scott Wilson), Allie (Lindsay Arnold), and Claire (Isabel Durant) team up to stop Ciara (Victoria Konefal) from making a big mistake — she’s planning to marry Theo (Cameron Johnson). And across town, Paulina (Jackée Harry) has some big news for Abe (James Reynolds) and Lani (Sal Stowers).

In addition to NBC, the NBCUniversal cable networks – USA Network, CNBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, and GOLF Channel  – will air over 1,300 hours of Tokyo Olympics coverage this summer.

Below you can watch this week’s “DAYS” promo, highlighting where storylines are headed when the soap returns from its Olympic break.