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NBC's only remaining soap opera has been around for more than 50 years. Days of Our Lives' ratings have dropped a lot over the years but, thankfully, there's no danger of it being cancelled soon. The network has already renewed it for the 2016-17 season (the show's 52nd!). Will it be safe after that? Stay tuned.Set in the Mid-western town of Salem, Days of Our Lives revolves around the members of the Brady, Horton, and Dimera families -- along with their friends, enemies, and lovers. Castmembers include Kristian Alfonso, John Aniston, Camila Banus, Bryan Dattilo, Mary Beth Evans, Billy Flynn, Galen Gering, Deidre Hall, Drake Hogestyn, Lauren Koslow, Wally Kurth, Jen Lilley, Kate Mansi, Eric Martsolf, Joseph Mascolo, Peggy McCay, Casey Moss, James Read, Melissa Reeves, James Reynolds, Suzanne Rogers, Josh Taylor, Greg Vaughan, Robert Scott Wilson, and Arianne Zucker.Read More… »
By the end of the summer, Martha Madison will be (again) saying goodbye Salem. The soap opera vet, who portrays Belle Black, will last air on Days of Our Lives in early September, she revealed on Twitter.
Early September. https://t.co/qhFhEf0L1J
— Martha Madison (@Marth27) June 27, 2016
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Madison’s departure was announced back in March — along with the exits of co-stars Brandon Beemer (who plays Shawn-Douglas), Marie Wilson (Summer) and Sal Stowers (Lani) — after changes in the writing staff revealed the four characters would be written out.
NBC this year is the first broadcaster out of the gate with their Fall TV premiere plan, and it kicks off on Sept. 14 with Blindspot‘s Season 2 opener leading out of the America’s Got Talent finale. Chicago Fire meanwhile will bring up the rear, not launching Season 5 until mid-October.
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Also of note, the new Kristen Bell/Ted Danson comedy The Good Place is getting a very good showcase — airing a sneak preview after The Voice’s Season 11 opener before moving to its regular Thursday home — while the »
There are shades of Walter White in Anna Gunn‘s new role.
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The official description for her yet-to-be-named character is as follows: “A city Councilwoman on the rise and primed for a run at the Mayor’s office, she’s the former protégée of Wozniak (Ray Liotta) who used to be part of Harlee’s (Jennifer Lopez) dirty crew of cops. She’s a chameleon who rose up the »
When Days of Our Lives’ Hope agreed to have a romantic dinner with Aiden Wednesday (NBC, 1/12c), she didn’t realize that she wouldn’t just be breaking bread with the last man she made her husband but also a guy who, as recently as their wedding day, was planning to make himself her widower. Even after he had a change of heart, was replaced by a look-alike assassin and escaped from captivity to return from “the dead,” marvels Kristian Alfonso, who plays the heroine, “Aiden’s still continuing to lie to her.
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The Late Night host on Tuesday banned the Republican presidential nominee from appearing on his NBC talk show following the candidate’s decision to block The Washington Post from attending his campaign events. Trump’s embargo on the D.C.-based publication came after a headline was published emphasizing his inherent attempts to paint President Barack Obama as a terrorist sympathizer in wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting on »
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Rudolph and Short were also joined by Nick Jonas (Kingdom), Kevin Hart (Central Intelligence), John Cena (American Grit) and Jimmy Fallon, all of whom were game for segments involving hunky first-responders, pesky entertainment reporters and singing restaurant staffers.
The broadcast networks have nearly 20 shows debuting this fall, including Kiefer Sutherland’s term as Potus, Michael Weatherly’s NCIS follow-up and the story of Mlb’s first female player. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.
Next up on our list….
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The Show | NBC’s Timeless (Mondays at 10/9c, premiere date Tba)
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The latest recast at The Young and the Restless won’t have to be explained away by post-car-crash plastic surgery — it’s taken place behind the scenes. Jill Farren Phelps has been replaced as executive producer by EastEnders alum Mal Young, TVLine has confirmed.
“On behalf of everyone at the show, we extend our sincere thanks to Jill for her years at Y&R and wish her continued success,” reads the official statement from Steve Kent, senior executive vice president, U.S. programming for Sony Pictures Television, »
America’s Got Talent, with 10.7 million total viewers and a 2.2 rating, slipped 9 and 15 percent from its season opener yet bested ABC’s special Tuesday Bachelorette outing.
Closing NBC’s night, Maya & Marty (4.9 mil/1.2) dropped 22 and 20 percent from its debut.
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Elsewhere in the ratings….
ABC | The aforementioned Bachelorette (6.7 mil/2.0) was on par with Monday’s episode. Leading out of that, a 20/20 special on Bobby Brown (5.6 mil/1.4) won the 10 o’clock hour in the demo.
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CBS | Person of Interest »
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Steve Martin, who briefly appeared during Episode 1, brought his banjo along for Week 2 of NBC’s summer variety venture.
SNL‘s primetime equivalent followed up on its May 31 debut with sketches involving improper forms of etiquette, gropey ventriloquist dummies and Oprah Winfrey’s favorite things. The hour also featured special guests Nathan Lane, Sean Hayes and Drake, the latter of whom was sorely missing from all but one segment in »
In Kristian Alfonso’s 30-plus years on Days of Our Lives, she’s seen Hope through everything from amnesia to resurrection. So you’d think that no twist of plot would be challenging enough to rattle her. Yet the soap legend tells TVLine that she was “scared to death” by the prospect of taping this Wednesday’s show (NBC, 1/12c), in which her character reunites with people from her past as she attempts to decide the course of her future.
“I called it the Scrooge episode, because Hope goes to the Horton cabin to think without any distractions and just breathe, »
Good news/bad news: Savannah Guthrie on Tuesday revealed that she is pregnant with her second child. As a result, the Today host has opted out of participating in NBC’s coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics as fears grow over the mosquito-borne Zika virus.
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“I’m not going to be able to go to Rio,” she said. “The doctors say that we shouldn’t because… of the Zika virus.” Guthrie’s decision comes following reports linking Zika — which has run rampant in Brazil — to a variety of severe birth defects. »
Newcomer Maddie Baillio will soon be singing “Good Morning Baltimore.”
The Today show on Tuesday announced that the up-and-coming singer/actress has been cast as Tracy Turnblad in NBC’s Hairspray Live!, following an open casting call in April.
Watch Baillio’s reaction to the good news:
Baillio joins an all-star ensemble including Harvey Fierstein (reprising his Tony-winning role as Edna Turnblad), Jennifer Hudson (as Motormouth Maybelle), Martin Short (as Wilbur Turnblad) and Derek Hough (as Corny Collins). Grease: Live‘s Alex Rudzinski is set to direct, while Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (The Wiz Live!) are on board as executive producers. »
Like sands through the hour glass, so are the days of our lives. Despite fans' fears that it would be cancelled, NBC has renewed Days of our Lives through the 2016-17 television season. The soap celebrated its 50th anniversary, November 8, 2015, and is now in its 51st year. It was last renewed back in 2014, through September of 2016.
The current cast of Days of our Lives includes: Kristian Alfonso, Melissa Reeves, Arianne Zucker, Galen Gering, Eric Martsolf, Billy Flynn, Drake Hogestyn, and Deidre Hall. Days is produced by Corday Productions Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. Ken Corday executive produces, with co-executive producers Greg Meng and Albert Alarr. Dena Higley and Josh Griffith head up the writing team.
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Are sunny days in store for fans of the Days of Our Lives TV series? In an exclusive with soap reporter Michael Maloney, for TV Line, NBC Entertainment Chair, Robert Greenblatt, says negotiations to renew NBC's last surviving soap opera are set for February. The daytime drama is currently in its 51st broadcast season.
Days of Our Lives premiered on NBC, November 8, 1965. The soap marked its 50th anniversary with a bicentennial celebration of the show's fictional Midwestern town setting, Salem USA. This was no festive fête for Salem's finest (or worst). Fan-favorite Peter Reckell returned, so that his character Bo Brady could rescue and reunite with Kristian Alfonso's Hope Williams Brady, only to die in her arms, the next day.
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16 items from 2016
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