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    In what is certainly a surprising plot twist to me, DAYS will end its 57-year run on NBC at the end of its current season, airing exclusively on Peacock beginning September 12.

    https://tvline.com/2022/08/03/days-of-our-lives-moving-peacock-ending-nbc/

    I think I’m most surprised because the show was already renewed through September 2023, so I assumed that meant it was contracted to air on NBC rather than being on the streamer exclusively. In the longer term, while this isn’t the worst possible news, it also doesn’t seem particularly great. I would imagine the format of the show will eventually change somewhat (hiatuses/fewer episodes? cast cuts? different runtimes?), though I do wonder if we’ll get fewer scenes being cut from episodes, at least concerning episodes that will air on Peacock but have already been filmed. It could also benefit the show creatively if things are less constrained by playing to a streaming audience rather than a broadcast one. The shift is happening very soon, and I wonder how long it’s been in the works.

    NBC is replacing the DAYS timeslot with something called NBC News Daily, which feels like the kind of thing no one will watch because everyone already has their news sources, including the many hours of morning show and news programming NBC already has in its lineup, so it’s not terribly inconceivable to me that NBC Universal could decide to put it back on NBC depending on how things go. I also wonder how removing DAYS from the NBC lineup will affect viewership of the rest of the shows.

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    IDK, I have mixed feelings. I have Peacock as part of my cable service but honestly the only thing I have ever watched on it has been Beyond Salem.

    For me I want new New York based soaps, and if this is a success perhaps there will be a way of resurrecting New York based soaps – not necessarily the ones that have been cancelled, although that would be fine too, or brand new ones. NYC soaps were different and for me at least way better!

    September 12th is not that far away. This will be very interesting…

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    I basically only watched days on peacock but I think it will change and it won’t be the same show

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    I just read through hundreds of posts and Days will lose viewers big time. This will be the end of the show. And we definitely do not need more propaganda, er, news, that’s for certain! I probably will stop watching the show altogether rather than fuss with Peacock. Not sure yet. This makes me very sad. I love daytime dramas but since the New York based soaps were all cancelled it simply hasn’t been the same ): I enjoy the four remaining shows to varying degrees, but I loved the NYC shows. Well, time will tell if this kills the show or not…

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    Hmmmmmm

    Trying to process this news!  I don’t know if moving it to Peacock will be a good thing or not!

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    Ok well this really sucks, I live in Canada and Peacock is not available here, so they’re going to lose a huge amount of ratings, not so much because people will turn their back on the show, but moreso because a large amount of viewers will not have access to the show anymore…

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    This is very concerning. I am happy for the many people who have access to streaming, but it’s not everyone.

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    Many older people will stop watching the show. This is for certain. I don’t think this will bring in new viewers at all. I think this is a “hail Mary” play and I suspect it will fail…. time will tell, of course.

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    This move should have waited either until their 60th anniversary or until nbc stopped renewing them, whichever is first.

    and it’s literally the day before my birthday, not a nice birthday present. lol

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    NBC is replacing the DAYS timeslot with something called NBC News Daily, which feels like the kind of thing no one will watch because everyone already has their news sources, including the many hours of morning show and news programming NBC already has in its lineup, so it’s not terribly inconceivable to me that NBC Universal could decide to put it back on NBC depending on how things go. I also wonder how removing DAYS from the NBC lineup will affect viewership of the rest of the shows.

    I think this also gives NBC more freedom by providing a placeholder show that won’t draw millions of loyal viewers. That way if the Olympics, impeachment hearings, Jan. 6 hearings, Supreme Court justice hearings, breaking news, press releases, sports tournaments are shown, there will be less people angry that their news program was preempted versus soap watchers. Just seems to be the trend at this moment to interrupt programs for these and other reasons. I am hoping this is not as permanent a move as I’ve read.

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    This is likely a business decision to generate more subscriptions for Peacock.

    When it comes to the On Demand-type steaming services, Netflix has gone into decline while HBO Max and Disney+ are in really good shape. Peacock hasn’t had much impact likely due to not enough content. It took a while for Paramount+ (previously CBS All Access) to catch on. And this seems to be a similar challenge for Peacock. So, from NBC to Peacock is where Days of Our Lives will go.

    With ABC’s Dancing with the Stars to Disney+ and CBS’s Seal Team to Paramount+ having made similar moves…this may become something of a trend which happens more often as we continue moving forward and seeing more changes with how people use television.

    What is really difficult, for the time being, are the economics—people’s personal financial situations—which can make the idea of a number of them possibly subscribing to so many streaming services to be prohibitive. The network-to-streamer moves, for some series, will likely occur anyway.

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    Has anyone else been reading all of the comments about this? Most people are extremely unhappy with this decision. Sometimes I am wrong but fully expect this to be the beginning of the end of Days and it will be gone within a year.

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    It feels like the end is coming for Days. Very sad!

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    I mean there’s a reason serials as we know them have worked in a network format and the only other ones don’t do more than about 20 episodes. They’ll start cutting the episodes per week like they did with OLTL and AMC on TONLN or Passions with Direct TV, then they’ll just cancel it. Hopefully they’ll allow for a finale. There will probably have to be cast cuts too in terms of who is on contract and I don’t know for the recurring folks if it would even be worth it to continue on since streaming pays less. By the end there won’t be anything recognizable.

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    I would love to know the economics involved in producing the show – how much does it all cost, and how much revenue comes in? On streaming does it matter how many viewers there are or is what matters how many subscribers there are? There are so many cast members and technical crew members and writer and producers to pay – among so many others – these shows are expensive! BUT, they also air all over the world so perhaps the costs get made up for that way?

    Also: will the show still be in a one hour format on Peacock? Will there be cast cuts? This will all unfold in time. I personally am thinking I will likely stop watching the show – I am tired of having to constantly pay more and more during these hard economic times. ):

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