Later today, NBC will air their 11,999th episode of 'Days of Our Lives.' That's a staggering and impressive figure for any television series, even a soap opera. And after 11,999 episodes with the 12,000th episode coming tomorrow, the fans remain hungry for more: NBC has renewed the soap through September 2014.
"'Days of Our Lives' has maintained a loyal and dedicated fan base for more than four decades and continues to reach a new generation of viewers," said Steve Mosco, the President of Sony Pictures Television. "We appreciate NBC’s support over the years and, as the show celebrates this significant milestone, we are thrilled that the show will continue to be a part of the NBC family."
'Days of Our Lives' premiered in November of 1965 and has never showed signs of slowing down. The soap is one of the longest-running scripted television series in the entire world, being syndicated around the world as well. In 1975 the show was bumped up from a 30-minute broadcast to a full hour. The show is famous for its back-stabbing characters and melodramatic plots; who could forget the twenty-year long love triangle after John Black stole Marlena Brady from her husband Roman in the 1970s? Or 1990 when the criminally-insane Ernesto Toscano invited all characters on board a cruise only to hold them captive and threaten their lives?
The announcement comes from NBC as a beacon of hope in the soap opera community, after the cancellation of 'All my Children' and 'One Life to Live.' Fans of those long-running series shouldn't despair, however, as both cancelled soaps will be continuing as web series, online.