The Things reports that “Days of Our Lives” was very close to being canceled back in 2008 in favor of more programming like “The Today Show.” During this time, soap operas were getting axed left and right, and NBC had even announced the cancelation of their other sudser, “Passions,” which aired on the network for just eight years before its curtain call. At the time NBC Universal president, Jeff Zucker, suggested that “DOOL” was next on the chopping block, hinting that the show was unlikely to continue past 2009 (via USA Today).
However, things seemed to turn around, and the soap opera was saved, much to the delight of longtime viewers. Since that time, there have been many cast changes, and the show even looks to cut the budget by recycling wardrobe. However, the soap continues to give fans their fix of drama and romance on a daily basis.
In 2021, it was announced that “Days of Our Lives” had been renewed for Seasons 57 and 58, per Variety. “After more than 55 years of bringing drama, adventure, and romance to screens around the world, we are thrilled and honored to carry on the ‘Days of our Lives’ legacy for another two years,” executive producer Ken Corday stated. “We are thankful to NBC for their enduring commitment to the show and grateful to continue this wonderful journey with our fans for years to come.”