‘Days of Our Lives’ will go on an indefinite hiatus after laying off the entire cast: Reports
The cast and crew of "Days of Our Lives" accept the award for outstanding drama series at the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo: Chris Pizzello, Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
The entire cast of “Days of our Lives” has been released from their contracts. The news was first reported by TVLine.
The long-running NBC soap opera, which premiered in November 1965, will go on an “indefinite hiatus” at the end of this month after laying off its entire staff, according to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.
But, that doesn’t mean the series is canceled.
Chandler Massey, who portrays Will Horton on “Days,” took to Twitter following the news to assure fans that the daytime soap opera isn’t going anywhere.
“We’re not being cancelled,” he tweeted Tuesday. “We are pausing production because we are so far ahead of schedule (and it saves us $). Days will still air during the entire hiatus, so you won’t miss anything!”
“Days of our Lives” reportedly shoots eight months in advance and has enough content to air episodes through next summer, while Sony Pictures Television and NBC decide whether or not the series will be renewed for Season 56, THR reports. If the series is renewed, the cast will negotiate new contracts and resume taping next spring.
USA TODAY reached out to NBC for comment. Sony declined to comment.
The soap opera has won several Daytime Emmy Awards during its long run, including the outstanding drama series title in 1978, 2013, 2015 and 2018.
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