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  • EmmyLoser
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    This seemed worth mentioning and posting: An article from Entertainment Weekly, originally published by People Magazine, speculates with the help of some undisclosed sources that Megyn Kelly’s proposed daytime talk show could mean the end of Days of our Lives. That article is here.

    I’m not putting a whole lot of stock in this at the moment for a couple of reasons. One is that Daytime Confidential posed a similar question in a post yesterday but later ran a second post saying Megyn Kelly’s show is slated to replace the struggling third hour of the Today Show, which makes sense. The network airs Today for four hours, so another news program would more likely eat into that. Secondly, given DAYS delay between production and airing, an announcement of a cancellation with any time to wrap things up would need to be imminent.

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    tennisfreak
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    Or NBC could not give a crap if Days wraps up anything since they have no financial stake in the show. This is the network that wouldn’t let Law & Order make history after all…

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    Boidiva02
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    My hunch is that IF NBC decides not to renew DOOL that it will find life at another network. Something tells me that Sony Pictures Television will offer it to ABC and CBS, and I have this strong feeling that one of them will take it. I’m actually thinking ABC might snatch it up. I think it would be a wise decision for ABC to pair DOOL with GH.

    My idea would be this schedule:

    11am: The View
    12pm: The Chew
    1pm: Days Of Our Lives
    2pm: General Hospital
    3pm: Local Programming
    4pm: Local Programming

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    robbalto
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    There certainly does seem to be a great deal of speculation regarding Days. The future of the show may or may not be connected to Megyn Kelly’s deal with NBC, and it may be some time before the specific details of Kelly’s arrangement are finalized.

    It would be great if NBC would consider a 30-minute format before resorting to cancellation. I agree that GH and Days would pair well (especially if they were 30 minutes each). In any case, I hope the show remains on network television.

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    EmmyLoser
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    This flurry of rumors does come very shortly after the speculation that DAYS could end up on CBS. But I still think the rumors of NBC cancelling the show are just fans being worried and some fear-mongering as a result. I’m no more worried about the show being cancelled than I would be without the Megyn Kelly factor.

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    tennisfreak
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    My hunch is that IF NBC decides not to renew DOOL that it will find life at another network. Something tells me that Sony Pictures Television will offer it to ABC and CBS, and I have this strong feeling that one of them will take it. I’m actually thinking ABC might snatch it up. I think it would be a wise decision for ABC to pair DOOL with GH.

    My idea would be this schedule:

    11am: The View
    12pm: The Chew
    1pm: Days Of Our Lives
    2pm: General Hospital
    3pm: Local Programming
    4pm: Local Programming

    The local affiliates have that hour between 1 and 2 eastern and they are never ever going to give it back. This is a no go from the jump.

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    robbalto
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    Tennisfreak: “The local affiliates have that hour between 1 and 2 eastern and they are never ever going to give it back. This is a no go from the jump.”
    This is true, except that it’s noon to 1 eastern time. Even as far back as the 1980s, shows were essentially tanked if they were given a 12 noon slot because most affiliates carry local news at noon. That’s why the 30-minute format is the perfect solution. Days of Our Lives at 2 and General Hospital at 2:30.

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    Deadline yesterday published this article about the potential for a DAYS renewal. Things look less than spectacular, but not terrible, and NBC claims, as I had thought, the Megyn Kelly deal isn’t really a factor in the decision. The discussion about nonlinear viewing also brings up a bigger point, which is how to get something out of viewers who aren’t watching the show live, but that’s a fairly general problem throughout network television, especially with programs that air during the way.

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    Days Of Our Lives, NBC’s sole daytime drama, is in its 51st season, and discussions are underway for a 52nd, which I hear could be the series’ last.

    Days‘ future had been thrown into question by the recent hire by NBC News of Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, whose contract includes an NBC daytime talk show. While Kelly has been rumored to take over the 9 AM or 10 AM hour of Today, Days of Our Lives was brought into the conversation since it occupies a daytime hour owned by the network, has not been renewed for next season and because ABC canceled a daytime soap to accommodate the Katie Couric daytime talker. I hear Days‘ fate and Kelly’s show are not related, and conversations about another season of Days are going on separately. I hear the odds are about 60-40 at the moment in favor of renewal.

    “We haven’t made decisions, but we like that show,” NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt told Deadline at TCA. “I think we will know more in couple of months. As they age, these shows diminish, there is a lot of delayed viewing and very little linear viewing anymore, you have to keep looking at that.”

    Added NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke, “We hope that the show comes back.”

    Days is produced by Sony TV, which also is behind CBS’ veteran daytime drama The Young and the Restless.

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    robbalto
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    At least those comments seem honest. Back in 2011, I was under the impression that ABC was dishonest or at the very least misleading in terms of AMC. The comments about Days are realistic, i.e., we’d like to keep it on the air but we’re not sure yet.

    I hope Days is renewed, but given the ratings, a cancellation would not be a shock. I just hope they give it a shot as a 30-minute show instead of giving up altogether.

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