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Former CNN Anchor TJ Holmes Looks For Next Step After BET Flop

Former CNN anchor TJ Holmes, who left the channel at the end of 2011 to launch a late night news/comedy hybrid show on BET, is back on the job market, now that BET has formally canceled the program. Holmes filled in on MSNBC in December.

Holmes talked to The Root’s Richard Prince about the departure:

“I will never, ever regret
 thinking that my heart was in the right place,” a young black man 
taking his skills “to do something that was not being done for our 
community,” that is, providing a daily news show geared toward 
African Americans. “You learn from the mistakes, there are questions I 
should have asked, things that should have been cleared up,” but 
reaching the black community in that way was “an opportunity I would 
love to have” again, Holmes said.

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Jeff Zucker to Meet with NABJ Reps

FishbowlDC reports CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker will meet with representatives from the National Association of Black Journalists today:

The meeting comes on the heels of an announcement last week that morning show anchor and NABJ member Soledad O’Brien is transitioning to a new and less visible role at the network producing documentaries.

Some at the network believe times have been iffy for black journalists at CNN. TJ Holmes left his anchor slot in late 2011 over concerns of future advancement. Morning anchor Tony Harris did not have his contract renewed by CNN in early 2011 and surfaced at Al-Jazeera.

More Election Night Coverage Plans

The typical broadcasters and cable news channels aren’t the only ones covering tomorrow’s Presidential election  Here are some of the other coverage highlights from other cable channels, and online.

C-SPAN: Will simulcast “Politico Live” from 7 PM until the acceptance/concession speeches begin, when it shifts over to C-SPAN 2 until midnight. C-SPAN will also air all speeches, as well as updates from key state races.

Comedy Central: “The Daily Show” and “Colbert Report” will be live Tuesday night from 11PM-12AM, with special coverage called ”Election Night 2012: This Ends Now” and “Election 2012: A Nation Votes, Ohio Decides; The Re-Presidenting of America: Who Will Replace Obama? ‘012!”Andrew Sullivan will be a guest, and “Daily Show” correspondents will report “from the show’s on-set Obama and Romney headquarters and election center.”

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T.J. Holmes Launching Late Night Comedy/News Hybrid Show on BET

BET has pulled back the curtain on its new shows during its upfront presentation today, including the upcoming program hosted by former CNN anchor T.J. Holmes. Somewhat surprisingly, Holmes is not hosting a straightforward newscast, but a news/comedy hybrid that has more in common with Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” than “CNN Newsroom.”

Holmes’ new show is called “Don’t Sleep with T.J. Holmes,” and it will be joining BET’s late night lineup later this year. The official announcement compares Holmes to “Jon Stewart, Steven Colbert (sic) and Bill Maher” and describes the format as  such:

“With hilarious ‘correspondents,’ T.J.’s sure to have viewers rolling with laughter over the absurdity of today’s hot-button issues. Speaking through a unique and smart African American filter, T.J. invites the community to wake up on the issues that affect them; don’t sleep on the stories that mainstream news outlets won’t cover.”

Holmes announced that he was leaving CNN to join BET late last year. The full description, after the jump.

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CNN’s TJ Holmes on Covering Joplin, Missouri: ‘You are not trying to be a robot, you report the story as any human being would’

CNN’s TJ Holmes is more familiar with the city of Joplin, MO than many other TV news correspondents. He lived there, when he was fresh out of college and starting out in TV news at NBC affiliate KSNF.

“It is surreal to be here and recognize some of it, while the rest of it is unrecognizable,” Holmes says.

Holmes and his crew drove to his old apartment building and found nothing but rubble.

“They asked me ‘where is it? Which one is it?’ I couldn’t tell them, I couldn’t recognize anything, It was gone,” Holmes tells TVNewser. “And I remember thinking ‘wow, that was my first apartment out of college, and it is gone now.’”

Holmes recalls two stories that stood out from the coverage so far, the first was of a man, Rick Morgan, who was out grocery shopping when the tornado struck.

Like many locals, Morgan had taken to ignoring the tornado sirens, which were often followed by nothing at all:

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Anchors Away to Joplin

With the devastation from Joplin, MO becoming the big story Sunday night, the network news organizations are sending some of their top anchors to the city.

“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams–whose first TV job was at KOAM in Joplin–will return to the city to anchor his evening newscast tonight. Ron Mott and Al Roker traveled to the city last night, and reported from there this morning on “Today.” Kevin Tibbles is also en route.

Joplin also has another personal co0nnection to NBC: it is the hometown of NBC senior investigative correspondent Lisa Myers.

On CBS, Harry Smith will anchor the “CBS Evening News” from there this evening, while Chris Wragge will co-anchor “The Early Show” from the city tomorrow morning.

ABC “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer will anchor from Joplin tonight, and will be joined by David Muir. “Good Morning America”‘s Josh Elliott and Sam Champion reported for the program this morning, and will also contribute to “World News.”

Cable networks are after the jump.

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Emotional Rollercoaster on Airtran for CNN’s T.J. Holmes

tjholmes_twitter2_2-12.jpgHe’s back at CNN’s Atlanta headquarters anchoring this morning, but T.J. Holmes‘ return home from New York — where he was anchoring last week — was anything but ordinary. And thanks to Twitter, we were all along for the ride.

Good news: the first Airtran flight just took off from NY heading to Atlanta. That’s a good sign. Praying my Airtran flight takes off too.
about 12 hours ago

Airtran, if you’re listening … please, please get me home!
about 10 hours ago

At LAGUARDIA. Checked in. And my flight is still showing that it’s on time.
about 6 hours ago

Actually sitting in my seat on the plane. We’re still on time. This is amazing. If Airtran pulls this off …
about 5 hours ago

In Airtran we trust! Can’t believe it! After watching other airlines cancel flights, Airtran got me back to the A!
about 2 hours ago

Spoke too soon and too favorably a/b Airtran. Just now leaving the airport. Took them an hour and 40 min to find my bag.
13 minutes ago

CNN’s Getting Stimulated

Stimulusproject.jpgToday CNN begins a new series called “The Stimulus Project” which will break down where the money from the last year’s stimulus package has gone — who it’s helping, and who’s abused the program. The series continues all week ahead of Saturday’s release of new stimulus data.

Leading the coverage on CNN/U.S. will be chief business correspondent Ali Velshi and CNN business correspondent Christine Romans. Velshi, along with CNN anchor TJ Holmes and correspondents Tom Foreman and Josh Levs, will review projects from a fancy new “Stimulus Desk.” Not paid for with stimulus money.

More in the press release after the jump…

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Willis Talks Issues on The View

willistv_7-21.JPGCNN anchor Gerri Willis talked personal finance this morning with the ladies of The View, in the final segment of their Day of Hot Topics.

But finishing the taping just before NoonET left little to no time to make the trip from ABC’s studio on 65th and West End to CNN at 58th and 8th for Willis’ program “Issue #1.”

Instead, co-anchor TJ Holmes began the show and a pre-taped interview Willis conducted in the morning aired in the first half hour. Willis first appeared live on the air at 12:35pmET.

When she did appear, CNN Newsroom anchor Don Lemon greeted her. “I just watched you on The View, and now you’re there!” he said. “How many are you?”

Click continued to see the clip of the exchange, including Lemon’s comparison of Willis to “What’s-his-name”…

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