It's official. Days of Our Lives, which celebrates its 12,000th episode on Friday, January 11, has been renewed for another year. The soap's extension through 2014 has been confirmed by Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment.
"We are thrilled to announce that Days of Our Lives is not going anywhere. It is NBC's longest-running drama series by far and is one of the most historic brands in television," said Salke. "We commend Ken Corday and the entire creative team on continuing to keep the stories and characters fresh, exciting and relevant year after year."
"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," added Steve Mosko, 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."
Executive producer Ken Corday follows in the footsteps of his parents, Betty and Ted Corday, who co-created Days of Our Lives and helmed the series for many years.
"After so many years in the homes and hearts of our loyal fans, I'm both humbled and elated to say it's 2013 and we're still going strong," said Corday. "I am equally proud that the sense of family which my mom and dad established in our show 48 years ago, is still what drives it today. As we celebrate our 12,000th episode with an amazing cast and great support from our network, we look forward to what's yet to come!"
Days of Our Lives, which premiered in 1965, has garnered 215 Daytime Emmy nominations and 32 wins during its run on NBC. It is produced by Corday Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.