Y&R does seem rather immune to poor submissions, particularly where series, writing and directing are concerned, but even in the acting categories.
The DAYS writing submission this year was not what I would have submitted, as I thought the episode that aired after it was clearly stronger. But the episode was well-scripted for the most part, very soapy with relationships reaching turning points when couples are snowed in together. The weak link, to me, was the PTSD scenes with Jack and Jennifer, but maybe the social relevance of them is what gave them the edge.
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Nominees were determined by popular vote until either 2002 or 2003. I think Gary Tomlin's criticisms, and accusations of bloc voting in general, led to that change; I remember there were two or three years in the early 2000s when almost every supporting nominee was from ATWT and AMC. Only since then can OLTL blame poor submissions for not even getting nominated. Before that, I'm not sure how good or bad the nominees were at picking their reels to decide the winner.
It wasn't just Gary Tomlin, it was a whole slew of insiders who met with the Academy and demanded a massive overhaul in the nomination process. I believe David Shaugnhnessy from Y&R also had a lot of influence in the changes that were made. I remember at the time that SOW published a series (or maybe just 1-2) articles about the changes and they mentioned both Tomlin and Shaugnhessy equally as having a say over how talks went and what changes went into the system.
Collectively the entire industry was ready for sweeping changes. I recall even actors weighed in and had interviews discussing it at the time, I can't recall who, but I vaguely remember Kassie DePavia and Michelle Stafford having been quoted about the proposed changes.
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