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Day & Night is an Engarian teen drama that is created by RTL-TVI program director, Brandon Khan. It has aired on RTL-TVI since February 11th, 2013. It follows the lives of many teenagers living in an apartment house in Komapest, as well as other teenagers go about their daily lives. It is one of the main soaps on RTL-TVI, with the other being Passions.

History

In December 2012, RTL-TVI announced plans to launch a new soap opera on the channel, this time it will be aimed especially for teenagers.

In January 2013, RTL-TVI officially announced that the name for the upcoming soap opera has been announced, known as day & night.

The first episode aired on February 11th, 2013, at 6:00 pm, but the ratings for the episode were low.

1 month later, in March 2013, ratings began to improve when Joe White (portrayed by Neil Wilkinson) was shot by an unseen assailant.

The first season ended off in June 2013 where Leo, Laura, and Fred suffered a car accident where the car crashed into the river. Season 1 was the only season that ended in the summer.

The soap returned after a summer break on August 26th where Leo, Laura, and Fred managed to survive the car crash.

In 2013, during the season finale, Ethan Russell sets the apartment house on fire, leaving Chris and laura trapped in the blaze. This is the first season that day & night ends off a season before Christmas.

In July 2014, day & night announced that they will hold auditions for new characters in the series. The auditions were held for 3 weeks, with the first auditions first being held in Komapest between July 7-13, the second held in Illinois city between July 14-20, and the third held in Lutherbridge between July 21-27. Karl Hunter, Michael Wilson, and Francesca Adams were all selected to join the series.

Between December 15-19, day & night aired a storyline where a siege breaks out at the apartment house, injuring joe, and his girlfriend, Melissa. In the season 3 finale, Ethan Russell is killed off when he was shot repeatedly by the police, thus marking the end of the apartment house siege.

A new season began in January 2015, where Albert King (portrayed by Frank Ellis) joins the series.

In December 2015, Albert began shifting to a criminal when he stabbed his own son Dennis in the chest.

On May 6th, 2016, day & night aired a special episode where Joe and Melissa finally get married. The episode was watched by more than 2,175,100 people.

In the same month, on May 20th, Albert sets his own villa on fire after finding out that Jonathan has stolen his money. An explosion also broke out in the burning Villa, killing Nikki who was inside. This episode is considered as one of the most-watched in the soap's history, watched by more than 3,000,000 people.

In the season 5 finale, during a fight at "The Waterloo" Max suddenly points a gun at Albert in a bid to get revenge on him, but Albert tried to wrestle out the weapon until the gun goes off. After the cliffhanger, RTL-TVI have opened up a poll on its official website, telling viewers who was shot.

When the soap began a new season on January 2nd, 2017, it was revealed that Max was shot.

In December 2018, Joe was sentenced to prison over murdering his car wash colleague, Jacob.

In February 2019, new characters were introduced in the soap, those include André Morris, Liam Hill, and Keith Phillips (who is portrayed by Freddy Olsson).

The 8th season ended off in a cliffhanger when someone was shot at "The Waterloo" kitchen during a Christmas party.

Following the COVID-19 outbreak, In March 2020, RTL-TVI has made a statement regarding the soap. They stated that day and night will continue production, but with extremely high safety standards. Parts of the series are broadcast as planned.

On April 14th, it has been announced that Day & Night will air a special crossover episode with Passions. The crossover episode aired on April 27th.

Characters

Day & Night always had a youth focus since its premiere, but older cast members joined the series when the second season premiered. The first season originally focused only on people who live in a Komapest apartment house, but when new characters began joining the series, the series branched out and later began focusing more on other people who live in Komapest rather than those solely in a Komapest apartment house.

Joe, Melissa, Leo, Fred, Zara, and Amber are currently the only original characters that are still in the series.

Setting

Day & Night is mainly set in the fictionalized version of Komapest, mainly centering around the lives of many teenagers who live in the city. Most settings are filmed in the Engarian Broadcasting House (where RTL-TVI's headquarters are currently located at).

  • Joe's apartment is an apartment and the main setting for the series. It is owned by series original Joe White where he moved into the apartment and purchased it to begin a new life in there. A fire has also destroyed the apartment in the 2013 Christmas cliffhanger episode, but the Komapest local government donated $200.000 to rebuilt the apartment, in which the rebuild later took effect in 2014.
  • Albert's villa is a house owned by Albert King. Originally, Albert lived in The Residential Boat before purchasing a house on his own. However, in May 2016, the villa was destroyed in an explosion after Albert set his own villa on fire, though the villa has since been rebuild. Albert later moved out of his villa and later lived in another apartment.
  • The Residential Boat is a residential boat where Alexander and his friends currently reside here. It also features a bar where it was owned by Alexander's girlfriend, Rebecca.
  • The Waterloo is a bar that was founded in 2016 by Albert's daughter, Sophie. After Sophie moved out of Komapest, Albert took full control of the bar and purchases it.

Seasons

Season Episodes Originally Aired
First Aired Last Aired
1. 138 11 February 2013 28 June 2013
2. 117 26 August 2013 20 December 2013
3. 348 6 January 2014 19 December 2014
4. 348 5 January 2015 18 December 2015
5. 355 4 January 2016 23 December 2016
6. 355 2 January 2017 22 December 2017
7. 354 2 January 2018 21 December 2018
8. 353 2 January 2019 20 December 2019
9. ? 3 January 2020 present

Broadcast

Since the show's inception, day & night airs every weeknight at 18:00 pm on RTL-TVI and repeats for the show also air on the Engarian Plug RTL.

In season 1, day & night used to end off in the summer, just like other RTL-TVI soap Passions. However, since the second season, day & night now ends off a season just before the Christmas holidays, which remains like this today.

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