There are few guarantees in life. Death. Taxes. And Days of Our Lives. But that’s all looking a little shaky at the moment, with news the classic American soap could be facing an “indefinite hiatus” at the end of the month.
According to a report by TVLine, the cast have all been released from their contracts, as US network NBC decides whether to renew the series for a 56th season in 2020. (Yep, 56th! Sands through the hourglass, and all that.)
While neither the cast nor the show’s production company Corday Productions, Inc. has commented on the status of the negotiations, several outlets have quoted ‘anonymous insiders’ who insist that it’s all situation normal in Salem: “The show will almost definitely get renewed and this was not news to literally anyone on the show, nor is anyone truly concerned”.
Let’s bloody hope so. After all, Days of Our Lives (or Days or DoOL, to true fans) has given television audiences some of the most wonderful(ly ridiculous) plotlines ever committed to film.
So given this week’s rumours have us feeling a little scared and a lot nostalgic, let’s take a look back at them, shall we? In no particular order…
When Bo and Billie found Greta von Amberg, she lived in a New Orleans swamp. She was dirty, heavily scarred, and slept in a cave. Until… makeover! A shower, a bit of a trim, some experimental laser surgery, et voila.
Swamp Girl Greta was actually a Princess: the daughter of notorious con artist, Princess Gina. But to claim her royal title, Swamp Girl Greta had to overcome a virtual Garden of Eden, where she faced obstacles including her mother, Witch Sami, and Satan. Yeah. That guy.
Oh, speaking of…
When Marlena was possessed by the devil.
Depending on who you ask, this is either the best storyline to ever appear on daytime television, or the dumbest.
In 1995, Marlena Evans was given mind-altering drugs by Salem’s arch-villain Stefano DiMera, which came with the unfortunate side effect of leaving her open to demonic possession. She had all the classic symptoms: speaking in tongues, yellow eyes that can shoot laser beams, arsonist tendencies, ability to levitate AND morph into a jaguar.
Thankfully, her on-again-off-again husband, John Black, who happened to be a priest at the time, was able to perform an exorcism. Phewph!