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Details on ‘Y&R’s’ Major Casting Shakeup!

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Sean Smith/JPI Studios
Sean Smith/JPI Studios

With many casting changes in place and new faces set to arrive in Genoa City, the next few weeks on “” may be a bit of a flurry. But no worries, because Soap Opera Network has got all the upcoming casting deets right here in one handy-dandy reference place!

Actor will debut on Thursday, January 23 as Ian Ward, a former cult leader Nikki Newman () knew from her time at the New World Commune back in the 80s — and he also happens to be the father of her newfound son, Dylan McAvoy ().

Sean Smith/JPI Studios
Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Thursday, January 30 marks the final airdate for (Billy Abbott), who decided to walk away from the sudser after five years in order to pursue new projects. Former portrayer , who played the role of from 1999-2002, will step back into the role beginning Monday, February 3.

Thursday, January 30 also marks the final airdate for ousted star (Adam Newman), whose storyline coincides with Miller’s in a dramatic conclusion to the Delia hit-and-run story.

appears as Judge Wayne on Monday, February 3 in scenes with Christian Le Blanc (Michael Baldwin),  (Lauren Fenmore),  (Christine Blair) and  (Fenmore Baldwin).

Meanwhile, — who soon departs his role as “’s” Robert Scorpio — will be returning as Colin Atkinson on Wednesday, February 5, and celebrity wedding planner will be returning for his second appearance as himself alongside newly engaged Leslie Michaelson () and Neil Winters () on Thursday, February 6.

(ex-Joey Buchanan, “One Life to Live”) joins the cast in the recurring role of Mark Harding. “He’ll appear during an exciting event that will bring several Genoa City residents together,” a rep for the soap recently told Soap Opera Network of McKenna’s Monday, February 17 debut.

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