NBC renews “Days of Our Lives.” The Soap series has been renewed for two years — through Sept. 2016, NBC revealed Wednesday.
“”Days of Our Lives” continues to be a fan favorite for the daytime audience and we are thrilled to keep it going through its 50th season,” NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said in a statement. “Days has shown year-to-year increases in key female demographics and remains both relevant and fresh creatively due to the hard work of the producers, writers, cast and crew who have worked tirelessly to make Days the ratings success it is today.”
More “Days of Our Lives” news, Alison Sweeney, who has played Sami Brady for 21 years is leaving the daytime soap.
Sweeney announced her decision on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” saying: ”I’m celebrating my 21st year … and I decided that it’s going to be my last year with the show,” she says. “I have worked so much, and my daughter just turned 5 and my son is 9, and I just want to be with them.”
“The Biggest Loser” host is expected to leave the series at the end of the season.
CBS have renewed its entire daytime schedule for the 2014-2015 season, the TV network announced at TCA.
“The Talk,” “Let’s Make a Deal,” “The Price is Right,” “The Young and the Restless,” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” will all return for another year.
“The return of all five of our CBS Daytime shows is a credit to the collaborative spirit of the casts, crews and staff who work tirelessly to make their creative vision come to life,” said Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President, CBS Daytime. “A special thank you goes out to our loyal fans for watching and for making us #1 in daytime.”
More CBS news, summer series “Extant,” starring Halle Berry, will premiere Wednesday, July 2, at 9/8c. Last summer hit series “Under the Dome’s” second season will debut Monday, June 30 at 10/9c, with the opening episode featuring two major deaths.
“The Amazing Race” premiere date have also been announced. The reality series will bow Feb. 23 and the new season of “Survivor” will premiere Feb. 26 with a two-hour debut.
Queen Latifah daytime show has been picked up for a second season by CBS-owned TV stations, CBS announced Monday.
“We are proud to have the CBS stations as our partners as we continue to build the “Queen Latifah” show into a franchise brand,” said John Weiser, Sony Pictures TV’s president of U.S. distribution. “We look forward to building on the success of this year’s No. 1 new talk show by delivering the highest quality program to our stations, advertisers and viewers.”
“While production will continue on “Katie” through June 2014, we’ve mutually agreed that there will not be a third season of the show,” according to a joint statement. “We’re very proud of everyone’s contributions to making “Katie” the #1 new syndicated talk show of 2012-2013, and we look forward to the rest of the season.”
Couric is joining Yahoo as a Global News Anchor, beginning in 2014.
MSNBC pulls Alec Baldwin’s talk show “Up Late” following his recent outbursts. [EW]
MTV is putting a spin on “The Real World.” The series is returning to San Francisco-set cycle, titled “Real World: Ex-Plosion”, finds seven strangers experiencing a typical season, until they return from a one-day trip to find their exes have moved in. [EW]
CBS orders a pilot of “How I Met Your Mother” spin-off: “How I Met Your Dad.” [TVLine]
NBC orders a pilot of Maya Rudolph’s variety series. [Deadline]
“Friends”alum Mathew Perry is set to guest star on “Cougar Town.”
“Last Comic Standing” is returning to NBC. The eight season is slated to air next summer. [EW]
ABC’s reality series “What Would You Do?” will return starting Tues., Dec. 3 at 10 p.m.
Fox picks up “The Real” for 2014 fall debut, following the talk show four-week test run.
The Warner Bros. syndicated talk show hosted by Tamera Mowry-Housley, Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon and Jeannie Mai will get nationwide debut on Fox station and a second window on BET.
“This summer, the daytime landscape in seven Fox markets was dramatically altered when the women of ‘The Real’ exploded on to the air,” said WBTVD president Ken Werner.
“’The Real’ brought viewers a unique combination of elements that were missing from daytime, a real, multi-cultural conversation about issues that women of all ages are talking about.” Added Frank Cicha, SVP Programming, Fox TV Stations, “Five hosts for the price of one – score! Seriously, we’re all looking for younger adults and this program delivered big time.”