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‘Days of our Lives’ to end broadcast run after 57 years, but the show will continue

After 57 years, “Days of our Lives” will end its run on NBC in September, the network announced Aug. 3.

But, fear not (at least for now), DAYS fans, the sands will continue flowing through the hourglass.

“Days of our Lives” will move completely to Peacock, NBC’s streaming service. It will be part of the service’s premium service plan.

NBC will replace the broadcast hour with a news program.

The final broadcast episode of “Days of our Lives” will air Friday, Sept. 9.

Episodes already appear on Peacock after appearing first on NBC. Peacock has already run two spinoff series called “Beyond Salem” and a Christmas movie called “Days of Our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas.”

In a statement, Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said the “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.”

Lazarus said “Days” has a “large percentage” of its audience watching digitally. The network did not provide data.

“Days of our Lives” is NBC’s longest-running series.

The drama has earned 58 Emmy Awards, including most recently 2018’s Outstanding Daytime Drama, and 372 nominations, as well as multiple People’s Choice Awards, GLAAD Media Awards and Prism Awards.

NBC’s news release said the show “remains a perennial favorite among viewers of all ages.”

Fan reaction on social media has been mixed — with some excited for the move and hoping for expanded scripts and stories, while other fans worry the show will be canceled.

As a long-time “Days of our Lives” fan, I, too, worry that this means the serial’s impending end. Beloved characters might die and be resurrected again and again, but can the show itself find new life?

Viewing habits have dramatically shifted since the deaths of “All My Children” and “One Life To Live,” each of which had been resurrected for a digital audience long before the onslaught of streaming services.

With the move, NBC will become the first of the long-time “Big Three” networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) to have no daytime drama. ABC continues to air “General Hospital.” CBS continues to air “Young and the Restless” and “Bold and the Beautiful.”

In May 2021, NBC announced that “Days of our Lives” had received a two-year contract extension, continuing the show through its 58th season. That current contract would end in September 2023 — one year from the start of its move to Peacock.

“Days of our Lives” first aired on Nov. 8, 1965. It follows the trials and tribulations of the Bradys, Hortons and DiMeras in the fictional town of Salem.

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‘Something wicked this way comes’: Popular possession storyline returns to ‘Days of our Lives’

What’s old is new again in Salem.

Picture it: Salem, 1994: The town’s popular therapist, outstanding mother and all-around do-gooder, Marlena Evans, becomes possessed by the devil.

“Three decades later, he’s coming back to finish what he started…”

The popular daytime drama (and my favorite show) will revisit the storyline.

“Fans can look forward to twists and turns you’d never suspect as well as familiar faces returning to save the day (or not)…. this time around, the devil knows no bounds and no one in Salem is safe,” NBC said of the upcoming storyline, Deadline.com reports.

In the original possession storyline, Salem villain Stefano DiMera, having been obsessed with Marlena Evans, hypnotized her in an attempt to get her to fall in love with him. But the hypnosis led to Marlena becoming possessed by the devil.

Then, on Dec. 24, 1994, Marlena Evans levitated in what is considered one of the most iconic moments in television history.

Ultimately, the story concluded many months later when John Black — then a priest but later her husband — performed an emergency exorcism.

See more from that original storyline below:

And, no, this is not a one-episode stunt, Carlivati said.

By the way, Pittsburgh “Days of our Lives” fans, don’t forget: ‘DAYS’ moved to 1 p.m. weekdays on WPXI.