'Days of Our Lives' 45th Anniversary: Executive producer Ken Corday looks back with EW


Yesterday, NBC announced that its long-running—and sometimes possessed-character featuring—soap opera Days of Our Lives had been renewed for two more years, with an option for an additional third year. The new contract ensures that the daytime drama will be on the air through at least September 2013. And no surprise, the news corresponded with a milestone for the show—its rather amazing 45th anniversary of being on the air. That’s a feat, when you consider that major soaps have been killed off both this year and last. (R.I.P., As the World Turns and Guiding Light.)

To celebrate the moment, the network has sanctioned a sure-to-be-fan-favorite picture book, Days of Our Lives 45 Years: A Celebration in Photos; a load of fan events; and today, the soap broke its fourth wall, with longtime character Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) telling fans simply at the end of the episode: "Today, we’re celebrating 45 years of Days of Our Lives. Our families have been through a lot together, and today we especially want to thank you for being with us through it all and to let you know that we are looking forward to many more years of all of us sharing…the Days of Our Lives." That was, hilariously, after we cut from an episode-ending scene with Maggie trapped in a tombish casket at the hands of nemesis Vivian (Louise Sorel). Oh, the irony of working in daytime drama! So silly, yet so earnest.

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