NBC has renewed "Days of our Lives" for a landmark 55th season. The series is the longest running series on the network.
In the newest issue of <em>Soap Opera Digest</em>, on newsstands now, it's revealed that Serena Mason will become the first victim of the upcoming serial killer storyline on NBC's "Days of our Lives." The news doesn't come as much of a surprise considering the character was one of the first <a href="https://www.soapoperanetwork.com/2015/04/days-of-our-lives-cast-exodus-begins">reported to be leaving</a> Salem following the <a href="https://www.soapoperanetwork.com/2015/02/days-lives-finally-makes-writing-changes-late">hiring</a> of a new head writing regime earlier this year. In an interview with the magazine, portrayer <strong>Melissa Archer</strong> talks about how she found out about her character dying, what's next in her career and how Serena meets her maker!
Is <strong>Dena Higley</strong>'s reign as co-head writer of "Days of our Lives" over before it even hits the air? According to a <a href="http://daytimeconfidential.com/2015/08/12/report-dena-higley-takes-leave-of-absence-from-days-of-our-lives" target="_blank">report</a> by <em>Daytime Confidential</em> last week, Higley asked for, and was granted, a leave of absence from the show citing personal reasons.
Hot on the heels of news that NBC's "Days of our Lives" has put out a <a title="‘DAYS’ Seeking ‘Legitimate’ Australian Actor For New Male Lead" href="https://www.soapoperanetwork.com/2015/03/days-seeking-legitimate-australian-actor-for-new-male-lead">casting call</a> for the contract role of Finn, a new doctor set to work alongside Dr. Daniel Jonas (<strong>Shawn Christian</strong>) when he hits Salem later this year, comes word that the daytime drama series has made a shift in ranks behind the scenes. <strong>Lisa de Cazotte</strong> is out as co-executive producer, a role she took on in October 2011, with veteran "DAYS" director/producer <strong>Albert Alarr</strong> set to replace her.
Previously we reported that upcoming web series "Beacon Hill" would utilize a viewer subscription-based service, in lieu of generating revenue through advertisements. Now we have more information on how the subscription service will work for viewers wishing to watch the soap when it debuts in three weeks.
Filmed in mid-August, episodes airing during the week of November 25 and on Monday, December 2, 2013 of NBC's "Days of our Lives" found Gabi Hernandez (Camila Banus), Kate Roberts (Lauren Koslow) and Sami Brady (Alison Sweeney) seemingly unite for the first time as they worked overtime to hide their role in the apparent death of Nick Fallon (Blake Berris). Just before being hit over the head with a rock, Nick was trying to instigate sexual relations with Ms. Hernandez, who then made it clear that not only wasn't she interested, but it wasn't the time nor the place to get busy. In a recent interview with Soap Opera Network, Koslow gushed over the amount of effort that went into producing the episodes, particularly the river set. "It was kind of amazing what they created on the set,” the actress said. "It’s like the 90s, because in the 90s we had huge sets. I remember being on a raft, and the raft was on shocks. So we did some crazy stuff back then, and they recreated it for this story. It was actually an adventure."
During tonight's 65th Annual DGA Awards Dinner, held at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles, "One Life to Live's" Jill Mitwell beat out "General Hospital's" Larry Carpenter, Scott McKinsey and William Ludel and "Days of our Live's" director Albert Alarr in the category of Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials. Mitwell won for her direction of the episode "Between Heaven and Hell," which aired during "OLTL's" final week on television (week of January 9, 2012). Coincidently, the title of the episode is based on the fact that prior to its 43-year run on ABC, which began July 15, 1968, “One Life to Live” was initially titled “Between Heaven and Hell.”
Nominees for the 65th Annual DGA Awards were announced earlier this week with "Days of our Lives," "General Hospital" and "One Life to Live" representing the category of Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials for calendar year 2012. CBS soaps "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "The Young and the Restless" were the only daytime dramas without a nomination in the category. "General Hospital" dominated with nominations for directors Larry Carpenter, Scott McKinsey and William Ludel all getting recognition. Jill Mitwell received her ninth directing nomination for the "One Life to Live" episode entitled "Between Heaven and Hell," which aired during the soaps final week on television. Coincidently, the title of the episode is based on the fact that prior to its 43-year run began in 1968, "One Life to Live" was initially titled "Between Heaven and Hell." Albert Alarr was nominated for episode #11,895, which was the episode following the aftermath of explosions that found several of Salem's citizens in life-threatening situations. It was also the episode that found the drama series returning from a 2-week break while NBC broadcast the Summer Olympic games from London.
EXCLUSIVE: Beginning today at 2:00 PM ET/11:00 AM PT, cast members of NBC's "Days of our Lives" will take part in live chats, interviews and interactions with fans of the popular daytime drama series on NBC.com, while the soap is on hiatus during the networks coverage of the Summer Olympic Games in London. Soap Opera Network already revealed who will take part during this weeks sessions, but now we can reveal exclusively who will be taking part next week!