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After 57 years on broadcast TV, Days of Our Lives is moving from NBC to Peacock. A daily news program, NBC News Daily, will take the timeslot on NBC stations, with an option to add local news. The move will take place on September 12.
And, listen. I understand people sounding the alarm about this: the Venn diagram of Days of Our Lives‘ viewers and people who use streaming services is not close to a circle.
But to play the devil’s advocate for a moment, there’s a chance that this is not as dire for the soap opera as it might first appear. Reruns of Days are already streaming on Peacock, and two Days of Our Lives limited specials were explicitly made for the streamer. I can only assume that NBC has looked at the numbers and decided that it makes more sense for the soap opera to be platformed there. I assume the calculation is that a news program is cheaper to make, that affiliates will want to use the spot for local news, and that if they can get some percentage of the 1.8 million Days viewers to subscribe to Peacock, it would be worth it. My one piece of advice to everyone involved would be that Peacock should make the back catalog of episodes available on Peacock: people really want to rewatch that insane Marlena possession storyline.
The bottom line is that the soap opera has not been canceled, and as long as that remains the case, it has a sliver of a chance.
Somebody said putting Days of Our Lives on Peacock is elder abuse 💀
— Meekgomery Biscuit ⚾ (@DrunkenNo_Odle) August 3, 2022
Moving Days Of Our Lives to a streaming service is the most hilarious thing ever. I can’t wait to get that phone call asking me to setup peacock for my mother & then asking for the password every week after I repeatedly told her not to log off. pic.twitter.com/8dOgqaVP9z
— TV Fanatic👑⚜️ (@TvKhaleesi) August 4, 2022
— Varnel Trill 💥—💥 OFFLINE! (@MillyBeamen) August 3, 2022
I’m a capitalist but making America’s grandmothers* pay $5 a month and navigate fucking *Peacock* to watch Days Of Our Lives has a real C. Montgomery Burns patina.
— Rob’s Cheaper, Ad-Supported Version (@r0bwatson) August 3, 2022
An update on the whole HBO Max/Warner Bros. Discovery meshugganah. It looks like HBO Max is not dead … yet. After this week’s bloodbath at HBO Max, it was expected that Warner Bros. Discovery was going to announce that HBO Max was going to be folded into Discovery+. Instead, they announced that some Magnolia Network programming and HGTV hit Fixer Upper will be available on both HBO Max and Discovery+, which, of course, suggests that there is going to be an HBO Max available to watch those shows on. They also revealed that CNN Originals will be available on Discovery+.
discovery being in charge of warner bros really does feel like the sheinhardt wig company owning nbc on 30 rock
— monteverdi's flying circus (@fivepoisonskid) August 3, 2022
There are still many fears that HBO Max’s original scripted series might be cut in Warner Bros. Discovery’s mission to cut debt, and there were rumors yesterday that up to 70% of the development staff was going to be laid off. At least as of now that has not been announced, and some scripted shows, like Peacemaker, are assuring fans that they are safe. But if I were on shows like Sex Lives of College Girls, Minx or Gossip Girl … I’d be biting my nails right now.
In the span of two years: raised by wolves, station eleven, Tokyo vice, the staircase, love life, the flight attendant, hacks, the sex lives of college girls, peacemaker, and minx is how many good quality scripted shows they’ve produced. This is completed and total bullshit. https://t.co/4JhGRc8PPq
— The Ace Face (@TruthsandLies14) August 3, 2022
This is obviously still developing. Pray for HBO Max.
Over on ABC’s Station 19, a writer submitted a script outline that featured a racist character using a racist term. It was not well-received by the writers room, which was shut down, and meetings were convened to deal with “recent harm and systemic issues.” An anonymous comment on the article notes: “My friend is a writer on this show and I can’t say much because I don’t want them to get in trouble but this is one of many many issues they’ve had on this set. The writers maybe went overboard but they’ve been putting up bs for years.” So, it might not just have been about the one racist term.
The She-Hulk team is feeling very defensive about their CGI. (And maybe they should? I mean, it’s not great.)
So, Moon Knight is getting a second season?
The Boys has taken Ryan Butcher’s story in a very different direction than the comics. Here Collider outlines the difference in the storylines, and notes the nod the show made to Ryan’s original fate.
I’m sure by now you’ve heard all about the Alex Jones trial, and how his idiot lawyers accidentally sent the contents of his phone to opposing counsel representing the Sandy Hook families, and then those lawyers used texts from the phone to prove he was perjuring himself on the stand AND those same lawyers announced they are going to send said contents of the phone to both federal investigators looking into January 6, and the January 6th Committee, right? Delicious.
alex jones’ lawyer pic.twitter.com/rW5AbXGWEg
— soul nate (@MNateShyamalan) August 3, 2022
- Beacon 23 has been renewed for a second season ahead of its premiere on Spectrum and AMC.
- Turning the Tables with Robin Roberts has been renewed for a second season on Disney+.
- Little Ellen has been canceled at HBO Max after three seasons — only two of which aired. The third season, which was scheduled to premiere in June, has been shelved for tax purposes.
- Blood of My Blood, an Outsider prequel series, is in development at Starz.
- Bang!, an Idris Elba film and Mind MGMT have both been ordered at Netflix as part of a first look deal with Dark Horse Entertainment.
- The Other Black Girl has been given a series order at Hulu.
- After Happily Ever After, a dating show hosted by Bow Wow, is coming to BET.
- The F**k it Bucket, starring Stephen Fry, Sophie Wilde and Lauryn Ajufo, has been ordered at Netflix.
- ESPN’s 30 for 30 is making a documentary about Bill Walton.
- Rolf Harris: Hiding in Plain Sight has been ordered at ITV.
- Keanu Reeves will star in The Devil in the White City on Hulu.
- Shea Couleé has joined the cast of Ironheart on Disney+.
- Ana Navarro and Alyssa Farah Griffin have joined The View as co-hosts, and Sunny Hostin has signed a multi-year deal to stick around.
- Ellen Pompeo will star in an untitled orphan limited series on Hulu. She will pull back from Grey’s Anatomy this season to accommodate this project.
- Annaleigh Ashford wil co-star in Dust on Hulu.
- Ncuti Gatwa is returning to Sex Education on Netflix.
- Tiera Skovbye and Nancy Travis have been added to the cast of Ride on Hallmark Channel.
- Aidan Turner and Ella Lily Hyland will star in Fifteen-Love on Prime Video.
- François Arnaud, Joshua Close, and Troian Bellisario have joined Plan B on CBC.
Mark Your Calendars
- Big Sky will return on ABC on September 21.
- Dated & Related will debut on Netflix on September 2.
- Growing Up will premiere on Disney+ on September 8.
- House of Ho returns on HBO Max on August 25.
- Tell Me Lies will debut on Hulu on September 7.
- Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory will premiere on Disney+ on September 8.
- Jack Osbourne’s Night of Terror: UFOs will premiere on Discovery+ on September 3.
- I Am a Killer returns on Netflix on August 30.
- Alyssa Limperis: No Bad Days will debut on Peacock on August 12.
- Super/Natural will debut on Disney+ on September 21.
- Viagra: The Little Blue Pill That Changed the World will debut on Discovery+ on August 12.
- Marvel Studios’ Assembled: The Making of Ms. Marvel is streaming now on Disney+.
- Royalteen premieres on Netflix on August 17.
- Dragons: The Nine Realms returns on Peacock Kids on August 18.
- The Tiny Chef Show will debut on Nickelodeon on September 9.
- Santo will premiere on Netflix on September 16.
- She-Hulk: Attorney at Law will premiere on Disney+ on August 18, one day later than previously announced.
- Dancing with the Stars will premiere on Disney+ on September 19.
- The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers returns on Disney+ on September 28.
- Katrina Babies will premiere on HBO on August 24.
- First Home Fix will premiere on HGTV on September 3.
- The Doctor Blake Mysteries will return on Ovation on August 11.
- NCIS and NCIS: Hawai’i will have a crossover event on September 19.
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