Story of ‘Our Lives’ nears resolution

Soap's net fate to be known by week's end

Like sand through the hourglass, a resolution is nearing in the continuing drama over the future of “Days of Our Lives.”

Fans of the long-running NBC sudser — which is produced by Columbia TriStar — should know by the end of the week whether “Days” will be staying on the Peacock or jumping to another web, daytime industry insiders say. The future of the popular soap has been in question since January, when reports began surfacing about the possibility that “Days” could jump to ABC or CBS if Columbia TriStar and NBC were unable to reach a deal.

ABC and NBC are now the two main players in the “Days” drama, and sources insist the show could end up on either web.

Once NBC knows the status of “Days,” it will be able to move forward on plans for the rest of its daytime lineup. The web is expected to decide by early October whether to renew the Aaron Spelling-produced “Sunset Beach.” It also must decide whether to continue the long-running but low-rated “Another World.”

A new sudser from former “Days” writer Jim Riley is a near-lock to join NBC’s lineup sometime next year. The Peacock’s entertainment and news divisions are also working on a new show for the 9 a.m. slot.

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