After 47 Years On NBC, “Days Of Our Lives” Is Moving to Peacock

August 4, 2022 / Posted by:

*Days of Our Lives Narrator voice* Like sands through the hourglass, so are the shifting of television services. Legendary soap opera, Days of Our Lives, is changing paltforms after 57 years and that many Emmys (it’s won 58 times–Meryl Streep, who?). Days will no longer air on TV and will instead shift to NBC’s streaming service, Peacock. Damn, looks like it’s time for Millenials to show their parents and grandparents how to stream TV shows, or else the only people who still care about what goes on in Salem, Illinois will never find out!

Peacock already has the Days spin-off series, Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem, but it looks like the original show is not beyond getting rehomed because it will start streaming on Peacock in September. And instead, the Boomers and Zoomers will be subject to a new NBC news program in its place, via Deadline:

Starting Sept. 12, Peacock will become the exclusive home of the sudser, which has already produced two spinoffs for the platform dubbed Beyond Salem. For the first time ever, all-new episodes of the 58-time Emmy Award-winning drama will debut on Peacock daily with the show’s library already available to stream for Peacock Premium subscribers.

NBC will fill the DOOL slot with NBC News Daily, which NBC News promises will “provide signature world-class reporting and breaking news coverage in a first-of-its kind, live in most markets mid-day news offering.” The hour-long program will be anchored by Kate Snow, Aaron Gilchrist, Vicky Nguyen, and Morgan Radford and offer “up-to-the-minute national and international news, with the option for NBC stations to add local news.”

The Chairman of NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, Mark Lazarus, gave a statement about the move:

“This programming shift benefits both Peacock and NBC and is reflective of our broader strategy to utilize our portfolio to maximize reach and strengthen engagement with viewers. With a large percentage of the Days of Our Lives audience already watching digitally, this move enables us to build the show’s loyal fanbase on streaming while simultaneously bolstering the network daytime offering with an urgent, live programming opportunity for partners and consumers.”

Well, at least Days wasn’t scrapped altogether, as many soaps have been taken out back and shot by their owners–ABC canceled One Life to Live, and All My Children in 2011, and CBS canceled As the World Turns in 2010 and Guiding Light in 2009. Days, along with Young and the Restless, Bold and the beautiful, and General Hospital, is one of the last daytime soap operas standing and should be happy to even be alive! Especially because apparently, the series is the least-watched daytime drama with 1.8 million viewers. But Y&R is still that That Top Bitch with 3.7 million viewers which is better than some Real Housewives franchises.

Speaking of Real Housewives, the existing Peacock Days spinoff, Beyond Salem, is already a who’s-who of Housewives appearances with Lisa Rinna and Eileen Davidson recreating the infamous Amsterdam dinner scene from RHOBH.

So I can only imagine that those soap actors are on their toes! They know that their gig could be stolen from them by Erika Jayne at any second!

Pic: NBC/Peacock

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