If you missed Tuesday’s episode of The Young and the Restless, go back and watch it asap! It was finally revealed and confirmed for soap fans that the Cassie imposter was indeed Tyler’s ex girlfriend, Mariah! But there was more and this one was unexpected! Mariah knows evil Ian Ward, which makes this girl, even badder than one could have imagined!
The executive producer of Y&R, Jill Farren Phelps spoke with TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan all about the twists including how she was able to keep the talented Ray Wise (Ian) on the canvas as Ian and how the decisions were made to link Camryn Grimes (Mariah) back into the canvas! Here are a few excerpts below!
Jill on at what point did the soap decide to make Faux Cassie, Mariah: “Very early on. As soon as Tyler even mentioned there was a Mariah, the writers knew it would be Fake Cassie. She is going to be a huge threat to the Abby-Tyler relationship, which we know really needed some help. Mariah will also continue to have enormous involvement in the Sharon-Nick story and, obviously, her relationship with Ian is going to be big when it’s finally discovered by other people. She’s a wild girl, not a good girl like Cassie, and that will impact the whole Newman family.”
Jill on how after Ray Wise’s 10 day stint was finished how they wrote him back into the show after putting Ian in behind bars: “That was supposed to be Ian’s swan song, but then we got word that Ray really wanted to stay. He’s very happy here with us. So then we had to get him out of jail. Now we have a long-term plan in place. That’s not to say he won’t be in and out of Genoa City — Ray is a very busy actor — but we have great story coming up for him. June is going to be huge and very crazy. We’ll keep Ian in town, initially, with the Mariah connection and the history of their relationship, but there’s a much bigger picture to be revealed.”
So what did you think of the reveals? Were you surprised to find out Mariah was connected to Ian? Are you glad that Mariah will cause some much needed drama in the Tyler/Abby relationship? Let us know your thoughts!