Y&R’s Jill Farren Phelps on Ian Ward and Fake Cassie

Miss Jill Farren Phelps was interviewed by the absolute best in the business, Mr Michael Logan of TV Guide Magazine. The subject Fake Cassie(Camryn Grimes) and her association with Ian Ward(Ray Wise). It seems little miss “I’m sorry for what I did” is really a grade A _ithch! Fill in the blank.
“Fassie” is also Mariah, Tyler’s(Redaric Williams) ex girlfriend. WOW?

When TV Guide Magazine spoke with the executive producer, Jill Farren Phelps she was asked to reveal where Mariah and Ian will go from here?

TV Guide Magazine: Let’s start with the nefarious Ian. Was it always the plan to connect him with Fake Cassie/Mariah?

Phelps: Not at all. Ray Wise was only supposed to be with us for a short story arc — 10 days — but we quickly realized what a gold mine he is. In order to keep him, it became necessary to connect Ian with someone else on the show, beyond Nikki and Dylan. Ray has been a wonderful fresh face in Genoa City. The second he hit the screen it was, “Jackpot!” We knew this immediately, of course, but his episodes hadn’t aired yet. By the time we knew the audience was crazy about Ray, too, we’d already completed our original agreement with him.

TV Guide Magazine: Is that why the writers put his character in jail?

Phelps: Yes. 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. TV Guide Magazine: What’s with the inference that Mariah strayed from “The Path”? Was she one of Ian’s disciples?

Phelps: Possibly. Possibly a very important one.

TV Guide Magazine: Is she his child?

Phelps: Well…perhaps in some form. [Laughs] Is that vague enough for ya?
TV Guide Magazine: I’ll take it! So what’s Ian really want in Genoa City? Does he still have a thing for Nikki? Will he continue to screw with the Newmans even though everyone is on to him?
Phelps: That’s his goal, though it’s more than just screwing with them for the hell of it. He intends to infiltrate that whole rich-family connection. He likes the sudden power he has being Dylan’s father and the instant relationship it gives him with the Newmans. He’s an opportunist and he sees opportunity. Of course, if Nikki would take him, he’d be happy to be back in her life.

TV Guide Magazine: He’s got balls going up against Victor like this!

Phelps: Oh, Victor will have his day in court with Ian.
TV Guide Magazine: Let’s talk about your other big reveal. At what point did you decide Fake Cassie would also turn out to be Mariah?

Phelps: 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.
TV Guide Magazine: What’s Mariah’s problem exactly?

Phelps: She’s a have-not. That’s a very powerful, driving force for her. Whereas Cassie had everything, Mariah had nothing, and the more she sees of the Newmans’ life, the more she resents getting so little. Sure, we’ve seen that Mariah has a heart — she knows how much her Cassie face means to Sharon and is touched by that — but that’s not the real her. There are no limits to what this woman will do to get what she doesn’t have. Mariah is one very loose cannon.

It looks like “MarIan” will be around for quite awhile, raising hell in Genoa City and we have to wonder how many residents they will harm in their quest.
Read the whole interview at TV Guide Magazine

Abby, Dylan,, Nikki, Paul, Nick, Sharon, Summer, Noah, Tyler, Avery, Victor? How else is Ian Ward connected to GC? Could he be the one pulling Colin’s strings? This would then affect Cane and Lily. What are the secrets that he is keeping that will affect Dylan and Nikki?

We will just have to sit back and enjoy the #1 soaps twists and turns and just enjoy a very eventful spring and summer.


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