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Chris Matthews And Ashleigh Banfield Among ‘The Newsroom’ Paid Consultants

With season two of HBO’s “The Newsroom” right around the corner, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that HBO and Aaron Sorkin put together an all-star list of paid consultants to help make the show as “real” as possible.

Among the notable names: MSNBC host Chris Matthews (whose son Thomas Matthews is an actor on the show), CNN anchors Ashleigh Banfield and Natalie Allen (CNN is a sister network to HBO), MSNBC’s S.E. Cupp and Alex Wagner and former CNN and MSNBC president Rick Kaplan. The full list is here.

“I’ll be coming to you for everything from simple research questions to: ‘What kinds of conversations would there be about how to cover Trayvon Martin? Sandra Fluke? The contradictory stories about the circumstances under which Bin Laden was shot?’” he wrote in a lengthy welcome note to the group last fall.

THR also wrote a lengthy cover story about season two of “The Newsroom.” You can read it here.

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Casey Anthony Released from Jail

FNC, CNN and MSNBC broke in to regular programming after Midnight this morning as Casey Anthony was released from jail. Interestingly, the one network that has been covering the case the most — HLN — didn’t. Instead, the network ran a crawl during a pre-taped Casey Anthony special. The network’s @hlntv Twitter feed is also being updated.

CNN broke in at 12:13am with a simulcast special report from CNN International and anchor Natalie Allen; Fox News broke in at 12:14amET, with anchor Marianne Rafferty; MSNBC also broke in at 12:14am with Mara Schiavocampo anchoring and live chopper coverage from NBC affiliate WESH-TV in Orlando. By that time Anthony and her attorney Jose Baez had left the Orange County jail.

Moments later, pool video of Anthony leaving jail was aired on the networks.

Fox News also carried a news conference from the three journalists acting as the pool, including the AP’s Matt Sedensky and photojournalist Tony Zumbado. Zumbado has worked for NBC News in the past, including covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

FNC also carried helicopter shots from WOFL-TV which showed a small airplane that Anthony was reported to be getting on to a destination unknown to the media.

Cable Nets Cover NYC Bomb Scare Overnight

News broke late last night of a car bomb located in New York’s heavily-trafficked Times Square (AP story). Here’s how the initial coverage looked across the cable networks as well as Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s press conference which was carried live at 2:25amET:

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MSNBC broke into “Lockup” at 11:20pmET and went into full live coverage with Peter Alexander anchoring from Washington until 3amET. when the network went back into tape with Thomas Roberts, who’s been freelancing with the network, providing news updates.

Fox News’s Marianne Rafferty provided a breaking news alert at 11:30pmET, between “Journal Editorial Report” and “Fox News Watch,” with the network going into full coverage at midnight until 3:15amET. Rafferty delivered more updates afterward.

CNN was in “Larry King Live” until midnight when it aired a breaking news update from CNN International anchor Natalie Allen. CNN/CNNI went wall-to-wall on the story beginning at 1amET, which continued with Don Lemon and T.J. Holmes straight through to the following morning.

CNN Time Travel

A TVNewser reader alerted us that their fancy Verizon FiOS cable system is apparently reverting to 10 years ago when Natalie Allen and Lou Waters anchored “CNN Today.”

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Coming up next, “Both Sides with Jesse Jackson.”

Natalie Allen Back on CNN

Allen_5.8.jpgA TVNewser tipster noticed former CNN, MSNBC and Weather Channel anchor Natalie Allen back on CNN, anchoring on CNN International. Most recently Allen was co-host of The Weather Channel program Forecast Earth which was canceled late last year. Allen was an anchor at CNN for much of the 1990s departing in 2001. She was a freelance anchor at MSNBC during the middle of this decade.

Weather Channel Cuts Environmental Unit

allen_11-21.jpgFollowing up on yesterday’s item about cuts at The Weather Channel, NewsBlues has more on the layoffs. The “entire TWC Environmental Unit” has been scrapped which includes the weekend program “Forecast Earth,” Newsblues reports. That show is fronted by former CNN and MSNBC anchor Natalie Allen.

NewsBlues also reports the cuts, “will most likely exceed the 50 job losses initially reported.”

weatherlogo_11-21.gifMeanwhile, The Weather Channel is getting into the spirit of one of its parent companies, turning the normally blue logo green this week as part of the “Green is Universal” initiative.