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T.J. Holmes Joins ABC News

TJHolmesWNNABC News has named T.J. Holmes co-anchor of “America This Morning” and “World News Now.” Holmes, a former anchor at CNN and BET, will also report for the network. The announcement came this morning in a memo from ABC News president James Goldston. “A skilled broadcaster and a dynamic storyteller with the ability to report on a variety of different stories, I’m confident T.J. will be a strong asset to our team,” Goldston said.

Holmes spent five years at CNN before leaving in 2011 to join BET. His show on that network was canceled in 2013. He did fill-in anchor work at MSNBC and ABC.

Read the full memo, after the jump: Read more

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TV News Halloween Costumes: Who Wore It Best?

The morning shows went all out for their Halloween episodes this morning, dressing up as everything from classic TV characters to 21-year-old pop stars.

This is the 20th Halloween celebration for NBC’s “Today” show and we have seen the cast dress up in some elaborate costumes over the years. NBC went with another example of cross promotion, having the “Today” anchors dress up various “Saturday Night Live” characters.

Willie Geist and Tamron Hall did their best impersonations of Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri, dressing up as the Spartan Cheerleaders. Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb dressed at Wayne and Garth from “Wayne’s World.”

As for Matt Lauer, who usually uses the occasion to dress in drag, we can’t be certain… as he dressed as the legendary gender-challenged “Pat.” Savannah Guthrie, Jenna Bush Hager and Meredith Vieira gave new meaning to the term “Mom Jeans,” although Vieira looked a little too comfortable recreating the “SNL” digital short.

Cooperate synergy was also in full effect on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” with its anchors dressed as celebrities vying for a spot on “Dancing With the Stars.” Robin Roberts dressed as the “Frozen” character Elsa, who was joined by her pal Olaf played by ABC’s T.J. Holmes. Read more

T.J. Holmes, Susan McGinnis Back in the Anchor Chair

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A couple of familiar faces have been spotted on the network overnights. T.J. Holmes has been filling in on ABC News, and this morning co-hosted “World News Now.” Holmes spent 5 years at CNN, before departing for BET in 2011. Since his BET show was canceled in 2013, he’s been doing fill in work for MSNBC and now ABC.

Over on CBS, longtime “Up to the Minute” and “CBS Morning News” anchor Susan McGinnis has returned to the early morning anchor chair this week filling in for Anne-Marie Green. McGinnis spent 8 years anchoring the early mornings at CBS, departing in 2008 while still reporting for CBS Newspath.

TVNewser’s 2014 Guide To Graduation Speakers

Class-of-2014. jpgAs is TVNewser tradition, here now is our seventh annual list of who’s-speaking-where-and-when at the nation’s colleges and universities (in alphabetical order):

CNBC’s Guy AdamiQuinnipiac University (CT), May 10

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin: University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication (NC), May 11

ABC’s Richard Besser: University of Michigan School of Public Health (MI), May 1

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: Cansius College  (NY), May 17

Bloomberg’s Michael Bloomberg: Harvard University (MA), May 29… Williams College (MA), June 8

CNN’s Gloria Borger: Colgate University (NY), May 18

FNC’s Dr. Ben CarsonRegent University (VA), May 3

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Newsers Cautioned By Court Ahead of George Zimmerman Trial

Insiders tell us several journalists were getting a little too close to the action outside the Seminole Country Courthouse in Sanford, FL late last week. A number of TV producers and reporters in the parking lot were cautioned by the court not to get too close to the jurors who will decide the case against George Zimmerman. Zimmerman is on trial in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in February 2012. Opening statements get underway today. It is the highest-profile case, at least when judged by the news coverage, since the Jodi Arias trial earlier this year.

HLN, which will carry near gavel-to-gavel coverage of the case is bringing on extra anchor help in the form of former CNN and BET host T.J. Holmes. An HLN spokesperson tells TVNewser Holmes is doing freelance work for the network during the trial.

FNC Miami bureau producer Serafin Gomez tweeted an image of crews awaiting the arrival of Martin’s parents at court this morning:

T.J. Holmes Filling in on MSNBC

Former CNN anchor T.J. Holmes, who left the network a year ago to join BET was back on cable news today, on MSNBC.

MSNBC tells us Holmes is doing some holiday fill-in work for them, today sitting in for Alex Witt.

Holmes’ hire by BET earlier this year was seen as a move the network was expanding its news presence. In April, the network announced Holmes would host a daily late-night conversation/comedy/current events program called “Don’t Sleep.” But in October, six weeks after launch, the show was scaled back to one night a week.

On Twitter this afternoon, Holmes thanked viewers for feedback adding, “Wasn’t perfect but hey, I’m rusty!”

T.J. Holmes Tweets Traffic Stop

BET News anchor T.J. Holmes, who is launching a late night news-comedy hybrid for the channel later this year, live-tweeted a traffic stop. Holmes, who used to be an anchor at CNN, tweeted the following this morning:

He followed up with a number of tweets, noting that he was not given a plausible reason for why he was pulled over:

He promises to write about the experience with more detail on his blog.

Tweet-tease from T.J. Holmes

Despite reports to the contrary, T.J. Holmes is not returning to CNN, at least not as an employee. Holmes left CNN in December for a job at BET. On Twitter this week, he wrote, “On a flight w/my old CNN boss. We’re negotiating my return.” And in a later Tweet: “I expect to announce to you all this week some news about my future.” That got some thinking, rightly so, that Holmes may be leaving BET and returning to CNN. But in a Tweet a few minutes ago, Holmes wrote:

Mystery solved. Don’t be surprised if Holmes makes a return to CNN to promote his new BET show.

T.J. Holmes, Melissa Harris-Perry Named to ‘TheGrio’s 100′ List

TheGrio’s 100” list was unveiled on “Today” this morning. The list, organized by NBC’s TheGrio.com, honors Black History Month, which begins tomorrow, by spotlighting 100 individuals from various fields that are “the next generation of African-American history makers and industry leaders.”

There are two MSNBCers featured: Melissa Harris-Perry, who will host a weekend show on MSNBC beginning next month, Yvette Miley, the vice president and executive editor of the network. T.J. Holmes, who left CNN for BET in December, also made the list.

People on “TheGrio’s 100″ will be profiled across all NBC News platforms this month, including “Nightly News,” “Today” and all MSNBC programming.

Wolf Shakes his Groove Thing at BET Party

According to Page Six:

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer busted his best moves on the dance floor at the BET Honors after-party in Washington, DC, on Saturday. The Wolfman was spotted dancing with wife Lynn Greenfield and schmoozing at the National Portrait Gallery fete with Spike Lee and Common. BET anchor T.J. Holmes chilled in the Hennessy Lounge, and, a spy says, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, “breezed through stopping for no one” and “left five minutes later.”

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