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Ray Wise Previews His New Role As Dylan's Cult Leader Bio-Dad On Y&R!

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A very bad man is coming to Genoa City and it could turn the lives of many of its citizens upside down! Chief among them, Dylan McAvoy (Steve Burton) and Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott)!  Of course, we are talking about the character of former cult leader from the 70’s, Ian Ward as played by Ray Wise!

Wise, is no stranger to devilish roles having played Leland Palmer on Twin Peaks, who was revealed to the the actual murder of his daughter Laura, which was the epicenter of the whole series.   Ray is also known to soap fans for his role as Jamie Rollins on Love of Life!

Wise spoke to TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan about his emergence in GC when he debuts on the January 23rd episode of the sudser that will cause trauma and drama for Ian’s son, Dylan and the mother of his child, Nikki!   Here are a few interesting excerpts below!

Ray on why Ian has come to Genoa City:  “I can’t reveal his big secret reason for coming to town — what he really wants — but he certainly hopes to reestablish a relationship with the beautiful Nikki. Once upon a time, she felt a little something for him. He thinks he can override her fears and get that back. He’s a very confident fellow.

Ray on what Ian is doing now that he went to prison for his past crimes as the leader of the New World Commune back in the day:  “He has since become a self-help guru and author who’s now heading an organization known as The Path. He’s very busy passing out business cards and promoting his cause. If you want to find the path you are meant to have, come to one of his seminars!

Are you intrigued to find out how Ian’s entrance on the canvas will shake-up Genoa City?   Let us know!

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Didn’t Eric Braeden and Ray Wise both play the part of Robin’s father on HIMYM?

Yes. And I loved them both in that part.

He’s a talented actor and while I’m not a Dylan fan, I think Ray Wise will be very good in this role.

Nikki at one time had love for Ian, she thought she was his one and only (silly girl) when she found out Ian had others, that is when she left the commune and Ian..

So– I think it would be great story if spanks fly between the now older mellower , changed two..

Finally Y&R has a real villian.


I can’t wait for the story as it pertains to vet character Nikki.

As for Dylan’s part of this story, since he’s still a newcomer to the show (less than a year still), the majority of my interest doesn’t involve Dylan.

Can’t wait to see Victor and him go at it though.

While I could not care less about the whole Dylan storyline (in fact, he can go back to Afghanistan and I won’t miss him!), I am MAJORLY looking forward to the whole, sordid story between the teenaged Nikki and former cult leader, Ian Ward! Ray Wise is a fantastic actor, and his character’s background, including prison time, should be very rich and colorful. I’d like to know that there are still residual feelings between Nikki and Ian (especially someone who was charismatic enough to get people to join a cult and then woo the women into bed!) and see if he can even charm old Victor into believing that he’s a “changed man.”

If the story only contains Nikki, Victor and Ian, I’ll be happy as a lark. If Dylan comes into it, other than “He’s our son…” being mentioned once in a while, it will draaaaag like all the other Dylan stories have so far on the show.

Welcome, Ray Wise! Good-bye Steve Burton (you can leave anytime now, please)!

HELL TO THE YEAH!!!!! As far as I’m concerned, ENTER Ray Wise and EXIT Steve Burton. I (for one) have had quite enough of dull-as-dishwater Dylan (and his portrayer Steve Burton). Ray Wise…WELCOME ABOARD SIR!!!!!

Sounds intriquing!!! I will be watching!!!

God, he is STILL a sexy man!!!!! I remember him from Savannah!!!!!!!

Yep…Ray Wise is STILL VERY SEXY AS HELL!!!!! And that wonderful smile of his…D-A-M-N!!!!! HOLLA!!!!!!

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Days of our Lives wins WGA Award for Daytime Drama Series

Sunday night, April 14th in concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City, the Writers Guild of America is handing out their 76th annual WGA Awards in the fields of motion picture, television, news media, and radio/audio.

In the Daytime Drama category, Peacock’s Days of our Lives was the winner, taking home its fourth WGA Award in this category in a row.

The DAYS winning writing team consisted of Head Writer Ron Carlivati Creative Consultant Ryan Quan and Writers Sonja Alar, Jazmen Darnell Brown, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Cheryl Davis, Kirk Doering, Christopher Dunn, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Henry Newman, Dave Ryan, and Katherine D. Schock.

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The team from Days of our Lives bested the only other team in the category from General Hospital, which consisted of former GH head writers: Dan O’Connor, Chris Van Etten Writers Ashley Cook, Emily Culliton, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, Stacey Pulwer, Dave Rupel, Lisa Seidman, and Scott Sickles.


As previously reported, a show spokesperson for Days of our Lives shared that the episodes submitted for the competition were #14663, #14678 & #14679, and mostly centered around the death, and the funeral of Victor Kiriakis played by the late John Aniston.

This week, DAYS head scribe, Ron Carlivati, confirmed that, and told Michael Fairman TV on the decision of the scripts the team submitted: “I like to have some humor, but it was also the funeral, and then there was Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) giving birth, and then Vivian’s (Louise Sorel) crashing the reading of the will.”

You can follow along with the live updated list of all the winners from tonight’s WGA ceremonies here.

Michael Fairman TV will have more on DAYS WGA Award win as it becomes available.

So, what do you think of Days of our Lives winning the WGA Award writing award for a Daytime Drama series for the fourth year in a row? Comment below.

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‘The Talk’ Renewed For 15th and Final Season to End in December; Does Its Cancellation Make Room for ‘The Gates’?

Things just got very interesting over at CBS daytime with the announcement today that The Talk is going to end its run on the network after its 15th season, and that season looks to be shortened as the series will come to its conclusion in December of 2024.

In a joint statement, Amy Reisenbach, President, CBS Entertainment and David Stapf, President, CBS Studio, shared, “The Talk broke new ground when it launched 14 years ago by returning daytime talk to CBS with a refreshing and award-winning format. Throughout the years, it has been a key program on CBS’ top rated daytime line-up as it brought timely, important and entertaining topics and discussions into living rooms around the globe.”

Reisenback and Stapf added, “It goes without saying that hosting and producing a year-round talk show is no easy task, and we express our sincere gratitude to our amazing hosts Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell and Sheryl Underwood, our Executive Producer/Showrunner Rob Crabbe and the hardworking producing team and crew.

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Giving props to those who co-hosted or worked on the show through the years including: Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen Moonves, Carrie Ann Inaba Leah Ramimi, Marissa Janet Winokur, Holly Robinson Peete, Eve, Aisha Tyler, and Sharon Osbourne, the joint statement added, “We also want to acknowledge our former show hosts and colleagues who contributed throughout the seasons. We truly appreciate the skill, creativity, and dedication everyone involved brought to the show every day.  And of course, we thank the numerous guests who appeared, and the millions of viewers who tuned in daily. For the final season, we plan to celebrate the show and give it the proper sendoff it deserves when it concludes in December 2024.”

While no firm decision or announcement has been given at this time, it seems most likely that The Talk’s time slot could be given to the new soap opera in development The Gates from CBS Studio Ventures and from longtime soap opera writer. Michele Val Jean.  As previously reported, The Gates features the lives of a wealthy Black family who reside in a posh, gated community.

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The Talk was originally the brainchild of Sara Gilbert, who had developed the show when it launched back 2010 and it replaced the beloved As the World Turns which went off the air after 54 years when CBS canceled it.

So, what do you think of The Talk being canceled? Will this make room for The Gates to begin to air in its spot beginning in 2025? Share your reactions to the news via the comment section.

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George Russo to Appear on General Hospital as Carmine Cerullo

Coming up, it looks like Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) grandfather, Carmine Cerullo is headed to Port Charles.

According to casting news from the ABC soap opera, George Russo will take on the role. Russo will tape his episode next week on April 15th and will appear on the May 15th episode of the long-running daytime drama series.

If George looks familiar he has been in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures including: The Offer. Winning Time, Grand Crew and Shameless.

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Longtime GH viewers will recall that Lois’ (Rena Sofer) dad, Carmine, was previously showed up in Port Charles on and off from 1994 to 1996 and was played by John Capudice.

Clearly, it seems that Carmine will be a part of Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn’s wedding.  Will it go off without a hitch? Are you looking forward to it? Stay tuned.

Who else would you like to see attend the nuptials? Gloria Cerullo (Ellen Travolta), any other blasts from the pasts who should be present? Let us know in the comment section.

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