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Critics Pick the Best Scripted Sports Shows Ever — IndieWire Survey

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Critics Pick the Best Scripted Sports Shows Ever — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Which is your favorite scripted TV show about sports? Old and current shows are fair game.

June Thomas (@junethomas), Slate

I was a big fan of the Freeform show “Make It or Break It,” about the lives of a group of elite gymnasts working toward their dream of competing in the Olympics. Even typing that sentence, I know how hokey it sounds, and yes, it touched on all the clichés about women’s gymnastics – eating disorders, overburdened parents, inappropriate relationships with coaches – but you know what, all those things bubble up in the real sport with depressing regularity.

The show had more than its fair share
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Critics Pick the Best Scripted Sports Shows Ever — IndieWire Survey

Critics Pick the Best Scripted Sports Shows Ever — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Which is your favorite scripted TV show about sports? Old and current shows are fair game.

June Thomas (@junethomas), Slate

I was a big fan of the Freeform show “Make It or Break It,” about the lives of a group of elite gymnasts working toward their dream of competing in the Olympics. Even typing that sentence, I know how hokey it sounds, and yes, it touched on all the clichés about women’s gymnastics – eating disorders, overburdened parents, inappropriate relationships with coaches – but you know what, all those things bubble up in the real sport with depressing regularity.

The show had more than its fair share
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Rebecca Damon Re-Elected SAG-AFTRA Exec VP Over Matthew Modine

Rebecca Damon Re-Elected SAG-AFTRA Exec VP Over Matthew Modine
SAG-aftra convention delegates have re-elected Rebecca Damon to a two-year term as executive vice president of the performers union over Matthew Modine.

The vote took place Friday on the opening day of the biennial SAG-aftra National Convention in Los Angeles at the Universal Sheraton. The four-day event is closed to the news media.

The exec VP slot is the second-highest elected post in SAG-aftra and shall act in the place of the president if the president is absent.

Damon has been in the exec VP post since April, 2016, succeeding Gabrielle Carteris in the slot. Carteris became president after Ken Howard died, serving the final 16 months of his term and was re-elected in August over Esai Morales and three other candidates. Damon has also been serving as acting president of the New York local since Mike Hodge passed away last month.

“It is my honor to continue to serve the members of SAG-aftra as executive vice president and
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SAG-aftra Facing Criticism Over Party Politics on Board Replacements

Pete Antico, a defeated third-party candidate for the SAG-aftra presidency has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor over claims of cronyism and fraud in the union’s late August election. In a statement circulated to reporters, Antico said, “Regina King, Jon Huertas, and Jason George—who gave up board seats to their unelected Unite for Strength running mates—ran ‘without any intention of serving in that position.’ These duplicitous actions seemed to be designed to use one’s celebrity status to give an unethical and unfair advantage to a political party, thus undermining the democratic process created to protect the will of the membership of SAG-aftra. When you run for office, you must sign a consent to serve statement which all of the aforementioned candidates did.” The election, which was fraught with mudslinging, has proved to be a prolonged spectacle and a source of contention for some.
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Gabrielle Carteris Re-Elected SAG-AFTRA President

Gabrielle Carteris Re-Elected SAG-AFTRA President
SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris has been re-elected easily to a two-year term by members of the performers union.

Results were announced Thursday evening by the performers union, which sent out about 144,000 ballots to members with 28,988 voting. Jane Austin, the current SAG-aftra secretary-treasurer, was also re-elected.

Carteris, who was named by the national board last year to replace Ken Howard, fended off spirited challenges from national board member Esai Morales, stuntman Pete Antico, and independents Robert B. Martin, Jr. and Marilyn Monrovia.

Carteris received 14,674 votes, with Morales receiving 8,145 votes and Antico taking 4,114 votes. Martin received 1,207 votes and Monrovia took 715. Austin also had an easy victory with 15,312 votes while challengers Jason George received 10,953 votes and Chuck Slavin received 2,248 votes.

The campaign for the presidency was particularly acrimonious with allegations of election fraud, mishandling of the recent contract negotiations, and issues arising from the 2012 SAG-aftra merger and the 2000 commercials strike.

Carteris is best known for her role as Andrea Zuckerman in
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SAG-aftra Election Ending Bitterly With 2000 Strike Still in Dispute

Voting is ending for a particularly acrimonious SAG-aftra presidential election with results due to be announced as early as Thursday afternoon.

The counting of the ballots, with about a quarter of the 144,000 dues-current members expected to vote, will begin at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday.

The contest has featured accusations of election fraud and bungling the recent contract negotiations (made by Esai Morales and Membership First); negligence on safety issues and allowing massive staff salaries (made by independent stuntman Pete Antico); and Membership First’s alleged incompetence in the 2008 negotiations and its long opposition to the SAG-aftra merger (made by the Unite for Strength faction headed by current president Gabrielle Carteris).

The divisions within SAG-aftra run deep and have existed for the past two decades. Remarkably, the two main factions — the moderate-leaning Unite for Strength and the self-styled progressives of Membership First — have managed to revive the debate over the six-month commercials strike in 2000. Supporters of the
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SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris Repudiates Election Fraud Claim

With the SAG-aftra election coming to a close, SAG-aftra president Gabrielle Carteris has denied an assertion of election fraud by her opponents.

The controversy has arisen in the wake of a recent campaign claim by Carteris and her allies that presidential candidate Esai Morales had been negligent in his role as first VP of the union’s Los Angeles locale by not attending 33 of 35 board meetings. Morales’ Membership First faction hit back on Aug. 16 by alleging that Carteris had been duplicitous in her behavior by resigning her local seat two years ago — and threatened to make a formal complaint to the U.S. Department of Labor if she does so again.

Both Morales and Carteris, who leads the Unite For Strength slate, are running for national and local offices at the same time. She told Variety that the Membership claim of “election fraud” is not valid.

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SAG-aftra Presidential Election Heats Up as Candidates Launch Attacks

SAG-aftra’s election has gone into the hot zone with adversaries denouncing each other in a bid to sway the 144,000 performer members.

The key race is for the presidency, with incumbent Gabrielle Carteris heading the Unite for Strength slate and facing a challenge from Esai Morales as head of the Membership First faction along with independents Pete Antico, Robert Martin Jr., and Marilyn Monrovia.

Carteris is pushing for members to ratify the union’s new three-year tentative deal with production companies covering film and primetime TV work. Morales and Antico are campaigning against ratification, saying the contract falls particularly short in travel provisions, basic cable, and residuals.

Ballots on ratification are due on Aug. 7 while the elections ballots are due Aug. 24.

“Our current leadership tells you that everything is great,” the Membership First site reads. “You know better. So do we. We tell you the truth.”

Morales has told Variety that Carteris is using her post as
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SAG-aftra Election Ballots Go Out Against Backdrop of Contract Ratification

About 144,000 SAG-aftra election ballots have started hitting performers’ mailboxes this week — only one week after union members were asked to ratify a three-year successor deal to the master contract.

As a result, the question of whether to ratify the contract is the key issue among presidential candidates. Current SAG-aftra president Gabrielle Carteris, who heads the moderate Unite for Strength faction, has strongly endorsed the deal while Esai Morales and stuntman Peter Antico are pushing for a “No” vote.

The union reached a deal with Hollywood producers on July 4. The new deal, if ratified, provides for $256 million in increased pay over the three years with minimums increasing by 2.5% in the first year, 3% in the second year, and 3% in the third year. Employers will also provide a 0.5% hike in contributions paid to the SAG pension plan and AFTRA retirement fund in the first year of the agreement along with “significant” improvements in the residuals rate paid by streaming platforms
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SAG-aftra Election Ballots Go Out Against Backdrop of Contract Ratification

About 144,000 SAG-aftra election ballots have started hitting performers’ mailboxes this week — only one week after union members were asked to ratify a three-year successor deal to the master contract.

As a result, the question of whether to ratify the contract is the key issue among presidential candidates. Current SAG-aftra president Gabrielle Carteris, who heads the moderate Unite for Strength faction, has strongly endorsed the deal while Esai Morales and stuntman Peter Antico are pushing for a “No” vote.

The union reached a deal with Hollywood producers on July 4. The new deal, if ratified, provides for $256 million in increased pay over the three years with minimums increasing by 2.5% in the first year, 3% in the second year, and 3% in the third year. Employers will also provide a 0.5% hike in contributions paid to the SAG pension plan and AFTRA retirement fund in the first year of the agreement along with “significant” improvements in the residuals rate paid by streaming platforms
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Gabrielle Carteris Seeks Re-Election as SAG-aftra President

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Gabrielle Carteris Seeks Re-Election as SAG-aftra President
Gabrielle Carteris is seeking reelection as president of SAG-aftra, an individual with knowledge of her plans told TheWrap. Carteris succeeded president Ken Howard after his death last year and led the union during its recent negotiations for a new contract with the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The former “Beverly Hills 90210” star’s running mate this term for secretary-treasurer will be “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jason George, who is a longtime national board member and chair of the union’s diversity advisory committee. He will run against Jane Austin. Also Read: Gabrielle Carteris Named SAG-aftra President, Rebecca Damon Executive Vice President Carteris tops.
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SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris Seeking Re-Election

SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris Seeking Re-Election
SAG-aftra president Gabrielle Carteris is running for re-election on the Unite for Strength slate.

The move, which was expected, was officially announced on Wednesday. Ballots will go out to union members on July 25 and the results will be announced on Aug. 24. The union has about 160,000 members.

Carteris was appointed president in April of 2016, to fill out the late Ken Howard’s term. She had been elected executive vice-president at SAG-’s biennial convention in 2015.

Carteris will be running against two already-announced candidates, Membership First’s Esai Morales and stuntman Peter Antico.

Additionally, Jason George is running for secretary-treasurer against incumbent Jane Austin, who’s Morales’ running mate.

Carteris chaired the union’s negotiating committee in the bargaining for a successor deal to the SAG-aftra master contract covering primetime TV and feature films. The union and the production companies reached a deal on July 4 after more than a month of negotiations.

Carteris
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SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris Seeking Re-Election

SAG-aftra president Gabrielle Carteris is running for re-election on the Unite for Strength slate.

The move, which was expected, was officially announced on Wednesday. Ballots will go out to union members on July 25 and the results will be announced on Aug. 24. The union has about 160,000 members.

Carteris was voted in as president unanimously by the SAG-aftra national board in April, 2016, to fill out the remaining 16 months of the late Ken Howard’s term. She had been elected executive vice-president at SAG-aftra’s biennial convention in 2015.

Carteris will be running against two already-announced candidates, Membership First’s Esai Morales and stuntman Peter Antico. Morales has held off on disclosing his platform since his June 13 announcement.

Additionally, Jason George is running for Unite For Strength for the secretary-treasurer post against incumbent Jane Austin, who’s Morales’ running mate.

Carteris chaired the union’s negotiating committee in the bargaining for a successor deal to the SAG-aftra master contract covering primetime
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SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris To Run For Re-Election

SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris To Run For Re-Election
Updated with more info: Gabrielle Carteris said today that she is seeking a second term as president of SAG-aftra. Carteris, who as Evp of the actors union had succeeded president Ken Howard after his death last year, will be running on the Unite for Strength slate. Her running mate for secretary-treasurer will be Grey's Anatomy star Jason George, a longtime national board member and chair of the union's diversity advisory committee. George said Carteris "has been a…
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SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris Running for Reelection

SAG-aftra president Gabrielle Carteris (Beverly Hills, 90210), who tops the Unite for Strength slate, is running for reelection, Ufs announced Wednesday.

The move was expected, and will be the first time Carteris stands for election by the entire membership. She was elected to the post a year ago by a unanimous vote of the national board to fill out the late Ken Howard’s term, after serving as the union’s executive vice-president, a position elected at SAG-aftra’s biennial convention.

Carteris will be running against at least two already-announced candidates, Membership First’s Esai Morales and former Mf member Pete Antico.

“It has...
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More 4th of July Escapism: Small-Town Iowa and Declaration of Independence Musicals

More 4th of July Escapism: Small-Town Iowa and Declaration of Independence Musicals
(See previous post: Fourth of July Movies: Escapism During a Weird Year.) On the evening of the Fourth of July, besides fireworks, fire hazards, and Yankee Doodle Dandy, if you're watching TCM in the U.S. and Canada, there's the following: Peter H. Hunt's 1776 (1972), a largely forgotten film musical based on the Broadway hit with music by Sherman Edwards. William Daniels, who was recently on TCM talking about 1776 and a couple of other movies (A Thousand Clowns, Dodsworth), has one of the key roles as John Adams. Howard Da Silva, blacklisted for over a decade after being named a communist during the House Un-American Committee hearings of the early 1950s (Robert Taylor was one who mentioned him in his testimony), plays Benjamin Franklin. Ken Howard is Thomas Jefferson, a role he would reprise in John Huston's 1976 short Independence. (In the short, Pat Hingle was cast as John Adams; Eli Wallach was Benjamin Franklin.) Warner
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Esai Morales To Run For SAG-aftra President

Esai Morales has announced that he's running for president of SAG-aftra. He will be joined on the Membership First ticket by Jane Austin, who is running for re-election as national secretary-treasurer. This will be Morales' second run for the presidency; he was defeated by Ken Howard in 2013. SAG-aftra president Gabriella Carteris hasn't announced yet, but is expected to seek re-election. Peter Antico has also announced that's he's running for the presidency. "One of my…
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Esai Morales To Run For SAG-aftra President

Esai Morales has announced that he's running for president of SAG-aftra. He will be joined on the Membership First ticket by Jane Austin, who is running for re-election as national secretary-treasurer. This will be Morales' second run for the presidency; he was defeated by Ken Howard in 2013. SAG-aftra president Gabriella Carteris hasn't announced yet, but is expected to seek re-election. Peter Antico has also announced that's he's running for the presidency. "One of my…
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Esai Morales Running for SAG-aftra President (Exclusive)

Esai Morales is running for the presidency of SAG-aftra as the head of the Membership First slate.

Morales, a national board member best known for his role in “NYPD Blue,” is running on a ticket with Jane Austin, who is seeking re-election to the secretary-treasurer slot as part of the slate. Morales ran for the presidency unsuccessfully with Austin four years ago against Ken Howard.

“I’ve thought about this long and hard,” Morales told Variety. “I think I can bring people together and that I’m a fair-minded person.”

Ballots for the national, Los Angeles, and New York elections will go out July 25 with an Aug. 24 deadline for receipt of ballots. Those contests will determine the president, secretary-treasurer, and most board members; an exec VP and seven other VPs will be elected at the SAG-aftra convention in October.

The deadline for submitting nomination petitions is June 23. The union, formed five years ago through the merger of
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Esai Morales Running for SAG-AFTRA President (Exclusive)

Esai Morales Running for SAG-AFTRA President (Exclusive)
Esai Morales is running for the presidency of SAG-AFTRA as the head of the Membership First slate.

Morales, a national board member best known for his role in “NYPD Blue,” is running on a ticket with Jane Austin, who is seeking re-election to the secretary-treasurer slot as part of the slate. Morales ran for the presidency unsuccessfully with Austin four years ago against Ken Howard.

“I’ve thought about this long and hard,” Morales told Variety. “I think I can bring people together and that I’m a fair-minded person.”

Ballots for the national, Los Angeles, and New York elections will go out July 25 with an Aug. 24 deadline for receipt of ballots. Those contests will determine the president, secretary-treasurer, and most board members; an exec VP and seven other VPs will be elected at the SAG-aftra convention in October.

The deadline for submitting nomination petitions is June 23. The union, formed
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