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Ray Wise Makes An Unexpected Return As Ian Ward To The Young and the Restless!

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During last Friday’s episode, viewers of The Young and the Restless were in for a surprise when none other than Ian Ward was back on the canvas, ushering in the return of Daytime Emmy winner and in-demand and busy veteran actor, Ray Wise!

In a shocking twist, it was revealed that Ian is the mastermind behind the Paragon Project putting in cahoots with Adam Newman (Justin Hartley) all in an nefarious cyber-plot to bring down and payback the almighty Victor Newman.

TV Insider spoke with Wise to get the info on what is to come including: how this one time cult leader became an internet raider, how on earth Ian got out of jail, and if there is a woman in the town that has piqued his interest.  Here are a few excerpts from the interview below!

Ray on how Ian became involved in this cyber scheme with his background:  “He’s the ultimate confidence man. He can do anything. And he wants revenge. He’s been slapped or punched by pretty much everybody in Genoa City. He can’t move on with his life because he still has scores to settle. He and Adam will really have the whole town in turmoil. It will be major…monumental! The viewers are going to be quite surprised by the scope of the havoc Ian and Adam will raise.”

Ray on how Ian got a get out of free jail card:  “There is an explanation coming. You’ll know exactly how it happened, and it’s all perfectly laid out and legitimate. But what horrible things did he do, really? Okay, so drugging and kidnapping Mariah and trying to marry her was not a nice thing. But he didn’t actually harm her in any substantial way. (Laughs) And he did get her a nice wedding dress. Why should he be in jail?”

Ray on someone else on the canvas that Ian has his sights set on:  “There’s also someone in town who fascinates him. Someone he has a liaison with. Someone of the female persuasion.”

So, what did you think about the return of Ian Ward?  What do you think about two of Victor’s biggest enemies, Ian and Adam trying to bring the moustache down?  Who do you think is the female that Ian is fascinated with in Genoa City? Are you glad that Ray Wise is back on screen on Y&R?  Share your thoughts below!

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carol
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carol

Not a fan of this character so I’m disappointed with the return.

Kelly
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Kelly

I’m not a fan of he character either but I sure am a fan of Ray Wise.

Harry
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Harry

Me too, Kelly. I adore Ray Wise–he’s quite a talented fellow.
I know what you mean about the character but Ray Wise will make it work. He’s that good.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

I love Ray Wise..he’s a great actor..CP is so happy to be writing for him on daytime that this character will languish in GC as long as that whole fake Jack story took to conclude..at least the character is in the hands of stunt story Pratt so who knows what Ian will do..oh wait i do..a ticking clock..subtitles that spell out the time of day..and a bomb in the GC Athletic Club during a big celebration…You wait and see…

davlestev1
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davlestev1

CP will probably kill off Esther with this story and shoot Jill into a coma…LMAO

Sandy J.
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Sandy J.

Hey, I’m for anyone who can make Victor quiver. It’s fairly inspired story-telling, and I look forward to seeing what Ian and Adam come up with to make Victor pay for at least some of his crimes. I was SO disappointed with Jack (wuss that he is) for backing down from telling Paul exactly what Victor did to him because of The Moustache’s threat re: Jack’s blowing up the ship he and Marisa were on. Jack wouldn’t have BEEN on the ship had it not been for Vic’s machinations. I believe Jack owes it to his brother and sister to… Read more »

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Well said Sandy J. Victor has got to pay for all of his horrible and destructive actions. Is he some kind of invincible super villain who can never be punished? That is ridiculous. Victor needs to pay and pay big time for all the misery he’s caused so many people.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Great post. Nothing to add. You have covered the most important scenario. Get Victor!!!!…that’s good enough for me, Sandy J.

Timmm
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Timmm

Jack will not reveal the doppelganger because they will return to that story again someday.

Harry
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Harry

Sandy! Love the rhyme! Victor, quiver. You’re a poet and didn’t know it.

Mateo
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Mateo

I have to say it was a surprise about Ian but it doesn’t flesh out storywise. The Paragon project was started by Colin Atkinson and Cain knows of it. For them to gloss over that when they spent so much air time talking of it makes ZERO sense. The Ian character is very much like the Kimberly Shaw character on Melrose Place back in the 90’s. She was completely unrepentant but an audience favorite on the show. I love Justin Hartley’s Adam Newman portrayal but even Adam wouldn’t link up with a whack job like Ian. Pratt likes to go… Read more »

Joe
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Joe

You are 100% correct Mateo. Colin was behind this, not Ian, and not Adam. And Ian’s out of jail, and nobody knows about, not on the news, or on the internet, with all these people checking their i-phones go whacko, none of them ever check the news. I hate what Chuck Pratt has done to Y&R. You are right, it’s Pratt’s show to drive right now, and he’s headed for that big cliff ahead!!!!!! Only way to go is down.

Timmm
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Timmm

Joe, every soap is the same, they have the cellphones but they are always dead or lose signal strength. It does happen in real life but EVERYTIME its an excuse on why someone didnt know something happened!

SiteAdvocate61
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SiteAdvocate61

Mateo, are you sure about Colin being behind The Paragon Project? There was something that Colin got into earlier but it escapes me as of now. I think it was that pharmaceutical company that was behind those diet pills that Summer was taking.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Just a couple of posts ago, Harry asked if John Abbot was behind the project. I vehemently refuted the thought! I said it must be Colin with a bunch of other baddies, including Marco. So, I agree, Mateo…intricate stuff. I do not like Ian, but if his return means crucifying Victor? I’m all for it….

Harry
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Harry

You were right, Cee Cee–wish you weren’t! I thought of John Abbott because the same day Victor was saying that he was absolutely sure an Abbott was behind this and we knew it was not Jack, Billy or Ashley, was the same day Jack found that sweet note his dad left him back when he took the helm of Jabot from his father. That was an all too rare scene which was actually character driven. You know who I really wish were behind it? Tracy Abbott. Honestly, she has every reason to detest Victor. He unleashed Crazy Patty onto the… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Harry. Wise is a cool dude. Not my favorite, but can’t deny and his exceptional acting. We are not sure if Colin is also behind the paragon project. I am just tying a bunch of baddies together. Colin is devious but, not too smart. Would anyone as astute as Ian Ward take Colin on? Marco is a great possibility. Yes, Traci as the mastermind is a delicious idea. No one would ever suspect, as you say, that sweet face/smile. I just wish that Victor were bested at his own game by one of the Abbots. I could have believed Jack… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

CeeCee & Harry,
‘If any Abbott is written as being behind the Paragone project,some of the fans might be in kill mode for writing a loved Abbot Character totally out of character.. lol
You can imagine how that would roll ..
But– I love it!! Make it Tracy!!!
(hope it’s not liler fellow Kyle..
Joe? a great way to bring him upfront into play..

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I never have enjoyed shady corporate underground stories with those ominous names. They are never clear or suspenseful. Just dumb. And since Patty Williams was mentioned… she is pushing 60. I do not like how the mental illness this character was assigned played out, as if it were a joke. It, too, was dumb. I keep hopjng for Y&R to find some romance and suspense… and that people pay for their sins somehow, at least some of them. Points though for Ian Ward as the surprise. I had written that character off and for good reason, it just seemed an… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I check Colin’s history on another website, no mentioned of him being involved with Paragon — Bonadventure was the company and then he blackmail Devon to get money so Jill and Cane could take over Chancellor, but in the end Victor just sold it back to them. But I agree it should of have been them. I hate how they watered Colin down from a ruthless mob boss to a tidbit hustler. And Cane was more interesting when he was a bit shady instead Mr. Too Good to be True. But if can’t be them that takes down Victor, I… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

I totally agree, Mary. If Tristan Rogers had to play a bad guy, could he not play a corporate raider?
He is such a gem of an actor and is being wasted on Y&R.
However, I did find the scenes which transpired between Colin, Jill and Esther to be hilarious. Those scenes should not have worked but Tristan and Jessica made them work.

Alan
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Alan

Wise’s talent was wasted during his first run and I don’t expect this time to be any different with Pratt in the writer’s seat. Ian Ward had the potential to be a sexy charismatic villain in the tradition of One Life To Live’s Mitch Laurence but poor writing was the character’s undoing. The writers just told viewers that Ian was a bad guy rather than than show us through scenes which developed the character. Instead of spending so much time focusing on Dylan’s reaction to Ian, the show should’ve spent time answering important questions about Ian: Was he really a… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

hi Alan..
As you said– those writers J&S they wrote it confusing and without developing characters, stories that had a 100 questions not answered.
And- they will soon/Oct. be writing for GH .. crazy stuff lol ..
guess you’ll have to tweet them for all those question to be answered aha! ..

If you get the answers, please let me know 🙂

Michael
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Michael

Hey su0000, Unfortunately we’ll never know what Shelly Altman or Jean Passanante may have had in mind writing wise to finally being the Paragon Project to a close. I guess we’ll have to wait to see how Chuck Pratt closes that storyline out. Having Ray Wise back as Ian took me completely by surprise. When the camera finally revealed his face, my jaw dropped! He would have been the last person that I would have thought of to bring about the PP, but him being in cahoots with Adam is a stroke of genius! This is going to lead us… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

To defend ANY writer I will say this, Ray Wise is a guest on the show. Unless he signs a long term deal they dont have a lot of time to develop his backstory. I wish they did. He is very interesting and a great actor!

Alan
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Alan

Agreed, but I think the best soap writers have their character’s backstory in place before they ever hit the screen and as such would know if an actor’so schedule is going to fit the story they want to tell. Shorthand never cuts it daytime because the viewers are too savvy and spot the contradictions right away.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I was not a fan of this character the first time around but I do get there has to be another player on the block because watching Jack and Victor feud all the time was getting tiresome. I think it would drive Paul nuts if the person who has Ian’s attention was Patty — that duo could create a lot havoc in GC.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hmmm, Mary…how innovative! I’d like to see that. As you say, just to drive Paul nuts. He has been getting on my nerves lately, as well. It’s been a pleasure not seeing Cricket on the scene so much, too.

Timmm
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Timmm

He is back to being DULL Williams again!

Harry
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Harry

Timm, I have always referred to him as Paul Squealliams.

Bart
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Bart

A computer virus – really?!? What is this, 1997?!? Such a timely storyline – NOT!!!

Just more lazy, plot-driven garbage courtesy of Pratt & Phelps – so many unanswered questions, but just more convoluted garbage coming our way…!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

Ah, Sony was hacked in 2014.

Mo
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Mo

And the Federal government was hacked in 2015.

graciesbff
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graciesbff

This is fantastic news!
Someone to wipe the floor with that pitiful “orphan”, I like it.
Keep up the excellent work Mr. Pratt, the show has NEVER been more exciting & fun to watch.

su0000
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su0000

At last Pratt has the great actor facing off with Victor!
A threat to Victor that Ian and Adam just may (for a short while) take victor to his knees..

Jean and Shelly wrote Ian as a dumb cult leader aha! that went nowhere.
At least Pratt has him teamed with Adam going after Victor full steam!!
I slept through 2013/14 under Jean n Shelly and Pratt has kept me awake, and that is good thing lol
Y&R is now awake & alive!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

su0000, I longed for Colin and Victor to mix it up but I’m liking Victor and Ian.

Rose
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Rose

Su…this is where you and I are both liking the very, very bad boy. It’s a long way to go in the story, but I just hope they don’t dumb down Phyllis for too long when it comes to the mysterious Ian. She’s feisty and usually the only one on the show who has any brains and instincts…sometimes to the point of being annoying. Especially compared to the other, I hate to say “girls.”

Rose
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Rose

Su…Oops! How could I forget Pyyllis got fooled by Marco/Jack…really bad. Well I still hope they don’t take her down that sweet talking road for too long before her instincts click in.

Bart
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Bart

Somebody’s been taking the brown acid…apparently that’s the only way to enjoy “Y & R” now – while under the influence!!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I’ll pass on the brown acid, but Harry’s trying to get Avery to mix up a batch of special brownies on a post below. Brownies for everyone!

Mr. X
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Mr. X

I wasn’t too thrilled with the first story that introduced us to Ian Ward. I’ll wait and see on this Paragon Project one but I’m skeptical and don’t really want to see Adam mixed up in it. There was no hint he knew anything about it until Friday when he suddenly seemed neck deep in it. I agree the story sounds like more of Pratt’s plot driven garbage.

Rose
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Rose

Not so much interested in the character, but I met Ray Wise at a Fan Expo show when he was right in the midst of one of Ian Ward’s more heinous crimes on Y&R. He was really nice, laughed when I said he was being really bad as Ian, and spoke with me before the long lineup and pay for autograph part. Plus I’ve really liked him in his many roles over the years. So I will be waiting to see his next really bad boy antics on Y&R.

Harry
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Harry

Good to know, Rose–thank you.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

A delicious bad boy. Love Ray Wise.

Ashleigh
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Ashleigh

Bummer. I don’t like Ian and don’t think he’s a match for Victor and I think he’s one of the most boring soap villains ever. I bet he’ll be in contact with Patty, although Patty would probably follow him around like a lost puppy, so I can’t see him being “fascinated” by her.

su0000
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su0000

hi Ashleigh..
Ray/Ian was dull/boring written under Jean and Shelly, for sure.
Now– Pratt is writing for Ray/Ian and I guarantee under Pratt Ian will be way more intriguing as a bad guy..

Timmm
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Timmm

Good point su0000!

Timmm
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Timmm

This is an unexpected surprise from Sir Charles Pratt and I love it! Ian was so creepy and he is the ONLY one on the show that even attempts to outwit the great and powerful MUSTACHE! Ray Wise Rules!

su0000
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su0000

hi Timmm..
Pratt is mixing it up!!
I hope to see Ian, Patty, Adam and Joe entangled in the story ..
I see Victor going down, he will soon rise again, but still …

Timmm
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Timmm

I know su, I cannot wait for Victor to fall but it will not last. It must be in his contract that, in the end, he always comes out VICTORious!

damien
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damien

love ray wise!!!
best villian to come out of y n r since patty!
however when i think of ian i relate him to dylan and avery! … any chance we can get avery , jessica collins , back to genoa city?! if anyone criminal can get avery back to being a lawyer , ian can!

Timmm
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Timmm

I miss Avery’s CUPcakes!

Harry
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Harry

Avery should start baking special brownies and give them to Summer, Victor and Victoria so they can all loosen up and calm the hell down.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I’ll take a special brownie. I’m sure it would make me much more tolerant of Summer, Victor, Victoria…pretty much all of GC.

richard
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richard

Ray Wise is such a sexy older man!! Love that he’s back!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

He is.

Tani Sterling
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Tani Sterling

Too soon for me to comment except that it seems a shame to put Adam into the equation although his past history supports the involvement. Ray Wise is a wonderful actor. He was such a success in his previous stint that I didn’t want to watch. The show has gotten so “dark.” “Creepy” does describe many of the storylines. I don’t want “House of Cards” in the afternoon, nor at bedtime when my set is turned on. Yes, why is Jack always so submissive, and why is Paul such an inept cop? I don’t mind the attempt at these all… Read more »

Nikki
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Nikki

That is a story that has never been finished. There is no way Adam killed Delia with his car. Adam has gone through enough and all he ever wanted was his father’s acceptance. I wish he’d realize his father is a poor excuse for a man /husband/father and have a good life with Chelsea.

su0000
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su0000

They need to find someone who is leaving Y&R or someone to fire, to have the killer of Delia revealed.
I do not believe there was ever a killer written/who it would be.

Nikki
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Nikki

I vote we make it Summer after all if you remember back to that period. Chelsea was pregnant with her & Adam’s first child and Summer went off in one of her little temper-tantrums and hit Adam’s car and caused Chelsea to lose the baby so they could easily make it her and get rid of her.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

You bet, Nikki. I am just wondering what the hold-up is. Why are PTB prolonging this mystery? Adam did not kill Delia…hurry it up, writers!!!!
God, Nikki you and I fit like a glove when it comes to Victor….off with his head, I say. LOL.

JayeLynn
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JayeLynn

Y&R continues to sink into a quagmire of Pratt’s ridiculous stories and taking characters into 180 degree turns that make the show beyond watchable. It’s like a bad cartoon show now. Who is he writing this trash for? The mentally impaired?

Nikki
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Nikki

Ray Wise is such a great actor. I like him but I would vote for anyone who can finally bring Victor down. I know it’s a soap-opera but come on Victor has gotten away with every crime he’s ever committed its just become sickening to watch him lately and I want to see Adam win.

Mo
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Mo

Huge surprise, but good to see him. Disappointed Adam is involved with the Paragon Project.

Roxanne
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Roxanne

I have been watching ynr since 1985, I will no longer watch! The story lines have become boring! Catherine’s passing (R.I.P. Jeanne Cooper) and Michelle Stafford, and Micheal Muhney, leaving the show! Along with Katie Linder, leaving recently! I am sad to see a GREAT SOAP go bad!
R.I.P. Young and Restless, Good Bye

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Do you watch DAYS? It’s exciting!!!!!

Ron
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Ron

I have to ask: Is it official that Esther is gone? If so, it was a TERRIBLE final episode for her. A packed suitcase and a simple word in the “gathering room” of the Chancellor estate? I thought it was demeaning.

Sandra
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Sandra

I think the story line have gone stupid. And bringing back old characters like Ian and I read they are bringing back Patty just the thought of going back to all that just turned me of and now I don’t even watch no more. It is just plain stupid.

Timmm
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Timmm

One other thing about Mr. Wise. Whether you liked Ian or not, tip your hat to the actor. He has great things to say about Daytime and a tremendous amount of respect for Y&R. He is not starving for work and he WANTED to return to Genoa City.

Rose
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Rose

Love the scene with Ian/Ray and Phyliss today on Y&R. On the surface he seemed a combo of philosopher and listener…but there was also the subtle undercurrent of the creepy Ian edge. And what was he doing there anyway? The plot thickens.

nancy sheldon
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nancy sheldon

I have been a fan of Mr Wise since ” Twin Peaks”. Good to see him again!!

Ollie
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Ollie

Ray Wise is a great actor! Will he bring down Victor finally? I hate to see Adam in the middle of the Paragon Project. Glad Patty is back! She is still so crazy but will spice things up. Poor Sharon. Can’t we make her happy again????? Really!!!!! Nick mistreated her consistently causing her mental problems! Yet he lives seemingly happily ever after. I don’t think Adam hit and killed Billy’s daughter, can’t the truth be revealed?? I am sick of Neil! What happened to his take the high road character? Just another silly storyline to allow for —- Mishael Morgan’s… Read more »

Tani Sterling
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Tani Sterling

Just regarding the Ray Wise return. His character was so uncomfortable the last time I could not watch. Of course he is an incredible actor. However, now, he has a wonderful spritely way to his nasty character. Please don’t take it too far. I have laughed at his singing, smiled at his lack of red wine. Please don’t feel you need to engage the Spanish Mafia and potential torture to engage viewers.

Please don’t sully Keven’s and Mariah’s instincts. They appear to be the only intelligent and inquisitive people around.

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