SABC brings 'Days' back

Stefano, Marlena and John Black have risen from the TV ashes and are back on SABC3.

There was a nationwide outcry when the SABC announced earlier this year that the popular American soapie had been cut to make way for more local shows.

The last episode of Days of our Lives was on Wednesday, June 20. But now the soapie has quietly been snuck back onto the TV schedule after viewers threatened to boycott the channel.

A happy @THEDEVCHEV tweeted: “Just heard great news! DAYS OF OUR LIVES is Rising like a Phoenix again on SABC3 from 22 August”

But the show is not where it used to be, and you’ll have to be a die-hard fan, and a night-owl, if you want to catch your favourite soapie. Because Days will now be broadcast weekdays at 11.30pm.

This appears to be the only solution the SABC has in sticking to its 80 percent local content strategy but still giving in to complaints from angry soapie fans.

Days was cut after the SABC’s Chief Operations Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng said he needed prime time slots for local content.

But mense were upset when not only Days Of Our Lives but popular reality shows Survivor and The Amazing Race were also canned.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago was not available yesterday to comment on the Days of Our Lives comeback, but the SABC3 marketing team forwarded an updated TV schedule to the media, with Days Of Our Lives in the weekday slot of 11.30pm.

No explanation was given for the soapie’s comeback, and it’s not clear if Survivor and Amazing Race will follow suit.

After reports of the soapie’s return, Afternoon Express fell victim to viewers’ attacks, due to the fact that “suckspresso” (as one user called it) replaced Days in the 5pm slot.

Larochelle le Roux wrote: “#bringbackdays #bringbackdays we dont care bout suckspresso we want days!”

Fans don’t have to worry, Days will pick up right where it left off, so you won’t miss a thing.

Almal is still panicking after the shooting at Salem University Hospital and Marlena still hasn’t told John whether she wants to reconcile with him.