Days of Our Lives: NBC Renews Soap for 2016-17 Season

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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‘Days of Our Lives’ Renewed for Season 51

‘Days of Our Lives’ Renewed for Season 51
NBC has renewed enduring daytime soap “Days of Our Lives” for Season 51, NBC announced Thursday.

“NBC is incredibly proud of the legacy of ‘Days of our Lives’ and we couldn’t be more excited to bring its fans new stories for the 51st season,” said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. “In a business where having a show remain on the air for two seasons is considered a success, what ‘Days’ has achieved is extraordinary.”

In its 50th season, “Days” is averaging a 0.90 rating, 6 share in women 18-49 and 2.901 million viewers overall in “most current” ratings, according to Nielsen. The show has garnered 43 Daytime Emmy Awards, including 2015’s Outstanding Daytime Drama. It airs on NBC in the United States and in more than 25 countries internationally. The show celebrated its 50th anniversary last November.

Steve Kent, senior executive VP of programming at Sony Pictures Television, which produces the show with Corday Prods.
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Daytime Emmy Awards: ‘Young and the Restless,’ ‘Ellen DeGeneres,’ Steve Harvey Among Top Winners at Raucous Ceremony (Full List)

Daytime Emmy Awards: ‘Young and the Restless,’ ‘Ellen DeGeneres,’ Steve Harvey Among Top Winners at Raucous Ceremony (Full List)
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Steve Harvey” grabbed the top talkshow wins while “The Young and the Restless” was named best drama series Sunday at the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which proved to be a raucous affair as the kudocast grappled with the transition to a streaming-only format.

A high volume of no-shows among top winners and bumpy moments underscored the unusual nature of this year’s ceremony, which was unable to land a TV deal. At times, presenters struggled with their stage instructions and the camera work was jumpy. Without the timetable and content constraints of airing live on advertiser-supported TV, winners and presenters let the salty language fly, and some winners took their sweet time with acceptance remarks on the Beverly Hilton stage.

Host Kathy Griffin (pictured) and others made light of the situation. Griffin ended the nearly two-hour ceremony by walking on stage yelling “say goodnight!
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'Young and the Restless' hires new head writers

'Young and the Restless' hires new head writers
CBS’ The Young and the Restless is making another Head Writer change.

Two women will now hold the top job: Shelly Altman, who was promoted, and Jean Passanante, who has written for several ABC daytime sudsers. Additionally, Tracey Thomson has been upped to Co-Head Writer.

The women replace Josh Griffith, who was named Head Writer in 2012. Griffith played a key role in addressing the death of Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor) on the sudser this summer.

“Shelly has been an important part of the Y&R writing team since joining the show last year and Jean brings with her a wealth of daytime writing experience.
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Exclusive: Eric Braeden Sounds Off About the Writer Shake-up at The Young and the Restless

He didn't mean to throw the Twitterverse into a tizzy. Many fans of CBS's The Young and the Restless — at least the noisy ones on social media — were thrilled when news broke last week that controversial head writer Josh Griffith had exited the show. One fan on Twitter asked Y&R's alpha-dog star Eric Braeden (Victor) his opinion of Griffith's departure and Braeden tweeted back: "I'm very pissed off!!! Enough said!!!" That stunned a lot of folks who apparently assumed the Emmy-winning actor — currently on the back burner like a lot of other beloved Y&R vets — would be doing cartwheels at the prospect of a writer change. TV Guide Magazine sat down with Braeden to find out what he's really thinking — and get more out of him than 140 characters!

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'Young and the Restless' says goodbye to Katherine -- Video

'Young and the Restless' says goodbye to Katherine -- Video
The final goodbye to The Young and the Restless star Jeanne Cooper — who played Katherine Chancellor for 40 years until her death in May at age 84 — begins tomorrow on the CBS soap, when friends and family are summoned to the Chancellor mansion. The expectation is that the vacationing matriarch will be there to greet them, but instead they receive the sad news of her passing.

Here’s a sneak peek of the network promo:

Naturally, fighting is sure to ensue over Katherine’s massive fortune and who gets to move into the fancy estate. “I knew Jeanne would want me to
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Suburgatory! Castle! Animal Practice! Y&R! Revolution! Homeland! The TV Addict Week in Rewind

Most Memorable Meta-Moment: Castle’s conversation with Kate as to what their Brangelina-esque nickname should be (“No, no. We’re Rickkate. Wait. We’re Kate-ick… Caskett. Ooh, that’s good, because of the whole murder thing!”) is just one of the plethora of reasons we are loving this season of Castle.

Most Likely To Make You Cry: By turning the retirement of original castmember Susan Flannery into a flashback-filled storyline surrounding the impending death of her character, Stephanie, The Bold & The Beautiful has become both classic soap and a total weep-fest.

Douchiest Response: Joanie may have loved Chachi, but Scott Baio didn’t seem to be showing the love when asked about Erin Moran’s homelessness. Maybe his “I’ve got my own situation to deal with,” was taken out of context, but dude, there are better ways to say, “I can’t be bothered.”

Worst Big Brother News: With
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TVLine Items: Sexy Nikita Season 3 Teaser, New Y&R Boss Talks Casting Rumors and More!

TVLine Items: Sexy Nikita Season 3 Teaser, New Y&R Boss Talks Casting Rumors and More!
In just under a month, Nikita will (finally) kick off its Season 3. And based on this just-released promo from The CW, it’s going to be a sexy, stunt-filled ride.

While Owen-less, the first look at the spy thriller’s third cycle (launching Oct. 19) is packed with all sorts of spoilery goodies, including a handful of ‘Mikita’ hookups, a glimpse at just how tense things will get between Nikki and her new “boss” Ryan and more action-packed scenes than the series has ever attempted.

Related | Exclusive: Nikita Promotes Devon Sawa to Series Regular for Season 3

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Exclusive: New Young and the Restless Head Writer Josh Griffith Talks About the Future

The CBS-Sony soap The Young and the Restless owed Josh Griffith a huge debt of gratitude when he did double duty as exec producer and head writer during the 2007-2008 Writers Guild strike. Not only did the three-time Emmy winning Griffith keep Y&R afloat during that treacherous time, he improved the show drastically. But no good deed goes unpunished in Soapland! When the strike was over, Griffith was pushed out. Now he's back as head writer, working with new exec producer Jill Farren Phelps to get this once-mighty serial back in shape after the devastating reign of Maria Bell.

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Exclusive: New Boss Jill Farren Phelps Reveals What's in Store For The Young and the Restless

In a long overdue shakeup at daytime's No. 1 soap, The Young and the Restless, Maria Bell is out as executive producer-head writer and former General Hospital chief Jill Farren Phelps is in the house! Phelps takes the Ep gig while Josh Griffith, who stepped in and kept Y&R afloat during the 2007-2008 Writers Guild strike, is back as head writer. Their first official episode will air Oct. 12. No exec on the suds scene is more credentialed and trophied than Phelps, a seven-time Emmy winner who has helmed a record six daytime dramas. And no one is more polarizing. TV Guide Magazine had an exclusive chat with the controversial lady, who addressed the firestorm of rumors and reports currently circulating on the Web.

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Langford on Soaps: Who's Coming Out on "The Young and the Restless?"

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It’s no secret that I am tired of coming out stories, but I am really enjoying Kal’s struggle with his sexuality. Maybe because even though it’s riddled with the usual clichés, it’s somewhat different in that it’s being told with a person of color This is a definite rarity and we’re getting a glimpse into the world of rap and how that plays into Kal’s hatred over his sexuality. It helps that Andra Fuller is doing a wonderful job in the role.

I loved his initial scene with the doctor where he saw to it that he didn’t have to leave the hospital and face the world again by confessing his continued suicidal thoughts, but I was disappointed that we didn’t get more interaction with Kal, his doctor and the other people in the hospital.
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'Young and the Restless' replaces head writer

'Young and the Restless' replaces head writer
TV’s most-watched daytime sudser has a new team at the helm. Josh Griffith has been named the new head writer and Jill Farren Phelps is now an executiver producer on The Young and the Restless.

The duo replaces Maria Arena Bell, who became the sudser’s head writer and Ep after the 2007 Writer’s Strike. She crossed the picket line so she could write on the sudser that was created by her father-in-law, William Bell.

On her Facebook page, Bell indicated that she didn’t know why she was told to step down. “I am mystified as are my cast and crew.
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Ed Martin: "Hollywood Heights": A Bold Summer Experiment on Nick at Nite

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Even as the big broadcast networks continue killing off or otherwise compromising their daily daytime dramas -- the only genre of television programming they can still call their own -- a basic cable network has stepped up to prove that soap operas don't have to die. They simply need to adapt to changing times. If that means migrating from broadcast to cable, so be it.

The network at the forefront of what could become just such a shift for soaps is Nick at Nite, which two weeks ago premiered a one-hour weeknight serial titled Hollywood Heights. Based on a Mexican telenovela titled Alcanzar una Estrella, Heights will play out until sometime in October with a total of eighty episodes.

Now, eighty episodes is a long way from the approximately 250 per year that are produced for network soaps, but it's a good deal more than the episode order for the dominant
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Cable Notes: Nick At Nite Orders 80-Episode Telenovela, Own Expands ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’ To 2 Nights

Six years after MyNetwork TV’s failed attempt to launch U.S. versions of Spanish-language telenovelas as daily primetime soaps, Nickelodeon is giving it a shot. The cable network, in partnership with Mexican TV giant Televisa, has ordered 80 episodes of a daily, one-hour U.S. adaptation of the popular Mexican telenovela Reach For A Star (Alcanzar una Estrella) for Nick at Nite. Reach For A Star, which follows a teenage girl whose life changes completely when she becomes a star and wins the love of her teen idol, will be produced in association with Sony Pictures TV, with filming slated to begin in March for a premiere later this year on Nickelodeon’s nighttime block. Nickelodeon has already had success with an imported primetime soap, Canadian teen drama Degrassi. Reach For A Star will be co-executive produced by Emmy-winner Jill Farren Phelps (General Hospital) and Hisham Abed (The Hills). Josh Griffith
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Bob Guza Out As Head Writer of General Hospital; Garin Wolf In!

General Hospital head writer Bob Guza is out according to ABC Soaps In Depth and other tweets on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

Ingo Rademacher tweeted: "Bob Guza is done as head writer of Gh. Thanks for a great 15 yrs Bob. Good luck to u in the future."

Jason Thompson added: "Well its official. Bob Guza is no longer our Gh head writer. Welcome Garin Wolf! Pretty crazy."

Garin Wolf will take over as head writer of the show. He previously worked at As The World Turns and wrote for Night Shift before joining Gh and winning three Emmys as part of the show's writing team.

In 2008, the WGA published a list of writers who resigned from the guild during the strike by filing for financial core status. Wolk was on the list, as were Maria Arena, Marlene Poulter Clark, John F. Cosgrove, Cwikly, Esensten, Jeanne M. Grunwell, Dena Higley, Mark Christopher Higley,
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Daytime Emmy Technical Nominations

Here are the Daytime Emmy nominations in the technical categories.

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design For A Drama Series All My Children ABC Production Designer James Jones Art Director Bryan Langer Set Decorator Kay Dee Lavorin The Bold and the Beautiful CBS Production Designer Jack Forrestel Art Directors Fabrice Kenwood Charlotte Garnell Scheide Set Decorator Elsa Zamparelli General Hospital ABC Production Designer Chip Dox Art Director Daniel Proett Set Decorators Jennifer Elliott Andrew Evashchen One Life To Live ABC Production Designer Roger Mooney Art Directors Ruth Wells John Kenny Martin Fahrer The Young and the Restless CBS Production Designer William Hultstrom Art Director David Hoffmann Set Decorators Joe Bevacqua Andrea Joel Fred Cooper

Outstanding Achievement for a Casting DirectorFor A Drama Series All My Children ABC Casting Director Judy Wilson General Hospital ABC Casting Director Mark Teschner One Life To Live ABC Casting Director Julie Madison
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Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today announced the nominees for the 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards including Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team. 

Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team 

As The World Turns - CBS 

                 Co-Head Writers

                        Jean Passanante                         David Kreizman                         Lucky Gold                  Associate Head Writers                        Leah Laiman                  Associate Writers                        Josh Griffith                         Susan Dansby                         David Smilow                         Gordon Rayfield                         Leslie Nipkow                         Janet Iacobuzio                         Penelope Koechl                  Script Editor                        David A. Levinson 

The Bold And The Beautiful  - CBS                 Head Writer                        Bradley P. Bell                  Co-Head Writers                        Kay Alden                         Michael Minnis                  Writers                        Tracey Ann Kelly                         Patrick Mulcahey                         Shannon Bradley                         Adam Dusevoir                         John F. Smith                         Rex M. Best 

Days Of Our Lives - NBC                 Head Writer                        Dena Higley                  Co-Head Writer                        Chistopher Whitesell                  Script Writers                        John Newman                         Ryan Quan                         David Cherrill                         Richard Culliton                         Carolyn Culliton                  Associate Writers                        Rick Draughon                         Jeanne Marie Ford                         Michellle Poteet Lisanti                         Lisa Seidman                  Script Editor                        Fran Myers 

The Young And The Restless
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