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Is T.J. Holmes Moving To MSNBC?

Is T.J. Holmes Moving To MSNBC?

Not exactly yes. Not exactly no either. But more like… well, sorta.

If you watched Alex Witt’s show today on MSNBC, after Melissa Harris-Perry’s show, you would have seen that T.J. Holmes subbed for Witt, while she’s on vacation; and one presumes he will also do so tomorrow, on Sunday.

So wait! Does this mean that Holmes has joined MSNBC? Well not exactly.

Holmes, in fact, tweeted, in response to people wondering the same thing about his BET show, Don’t Sleep:

To clear this up: last “Don’t Sleep” episode of 2012 was last wk. Look forward to it in 2013. But, u can see me other places, like #MSNBC.

So if we’re supposed to take him at his word, he will be popping up now and then on MSNBC as an occasional sub-host. However don’t expect this to turn into a regular gig.

First of all, he should be under contract with BET, so he just can’t up and leave. Although it is very possible that there might be a clause in the contract that says that if things aren’t working out (whatever that means for either of them), he and the network could come to an amicable parting of ways.

On top of that, MSNBC basically has their own T.J. Holmes in the form of Craig Melvin who has been appearing regularly on NBC News, The Today Show and MSNBC as a news anchor and sub-host, and who the network is seemingly grooming for bigger things.

So it’s highly unlikely that Holmes is going to be getting any up-front anchoring  job with Melvin already waiting, rested and ready in the wings (and if he think he does then you better believe Melvin will cut that to the quick. This is a cutthroat business after all).

The problem with Holmes is that, unfortunately, he’s seemingly stuck in a bind. It looked like his contact at CNN either wasn’t going to be renewed or it was obvious to him that the network wasn’t going to move him out from his weekend slot. And, as far as we know, there weren’t really any offers from other networks out there for the choosing. Hell, he probably would have taken an anchor job at Fox News if they had called.

So when BET came calling, at least it was an opportunity, but one that, so far, doesn’t seem to be working out as well as both sides would’ve liked. Although it’s still early in the game.

But watching him today on MSNBC, he was clearly, as Tambay said, so much more comfortable and in his element.

He’s not the next Jon Stewart, and nor can he be, nor does he want to be, we don’t think.

So where does he go from here?

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Carmen Glover

As an active member of the National and New York Associations of Black Journalists, I’m familiar with both gentlemen. Congrats to T.J Holmes on joining ABC News. Hopefully Craig Melvin will be named as the new host of MSNBC ‘s Daily Rundown now that Chuck Todd hosts Meet the Press.


I miss T. J. Holmes. T. J. Holmes is one of the best reporters out there. It would be a win for any TV station. MSNBC don't miss out the chance to hire one the more competent reporters. There is something about his personality that jumps out of the TV and draws you in. There is a need for another Black male reporter that is talented, well spoken, and with intelligence. The TV camera loves T.J. Holmes. You cannot say that for all of your new anchors.

Jeanette Livingston

TJ Holmes Show . He is the only reason I watch MSNBC News after Melissa. Show he is a keeper


TJ is very good and better than Melissa Perry, Rev Sharpton, Lawrence and Alex Witt all together!

Mrs. K. Wright

TJ is a talented young man. His projects a "in control", professional and knowledgeable presence on TV. He has the knack of asking questions that we would ask if we had the person in front of us. He never panders, but remains focused on squeezing every bit of pertinent info that the viewer would like to get out of his guests. The viewer instinctively feel that TJ is fair and he seems to check his biases at the door better than most on the big screen. I think that CNN was not a good match for him but in all the other venues we've seen TJ, he clearly is capable, competent, and loves-loves what he does. TJ works best–for TJ and for us–when he is happy. Even though he is probably not where he wants to be during this time of "uncertainty", he shines on Don't Sleep as well as on MSNBC. We, the viewers just want to see him routinely and regularly–and happy doing what he does. It's a win-win; a win for him and a win for us.


TJ is good on Msnbc.
I watch "Don't Sleep" and have even attended a taping. Although it's an hour long they've just added a feature interview when the discussion panel time should've been lengthened. They bring up good questions and then there are no answers and TJ is a moderator in the discussions when I feel he should be more involved in them.
I actually think he should've had a morning BET show instead. VH1 has morning buzz and I feel his audience of college students – 30/40 something adults would watch it easier going off to class or work instead of after primetime tv. I watch TVone's "Washington Watch" with Roland Martin at times…I don't think TJ fits on a show like that either.
One of the better "Don't Sleep" segments was when he went to visit Sandy victims…him talking to real people on the street works better.


I wish MSNBC would give Michael Eric Dyson his own show. He's one of the greatest public intellectuals of our time. I NEVER watch Rev. Al and I don't like Craig Melvin. Both of them have grating voices. Meh. I think TJ would be an excellent and refreshing voice on MSNBC, or even TV One. BET's audience is too young and lacking in good taste to appreciate what Holmes is trying to do with his show. And he needs better producers and writers.


Watching Weekends w/ Alex Witt and TJ Witt is subbing. He is doing a great job and would like to see him as a perminant host.


As someone already pointed out, there is room for both Melvin and Holmes. MSNBC has endless opportunities for black females as hosts of shows and as pundits who make appearances on their daytime and primetime lineup of shows., so why should it have a "Walking Dead" quota in regards to the amount of black men who could be in front of the camera? With that being said Melvin isn't going anywhere and does a very good job of controlling/handling the conversation when it includes multiple talking heads who disagree on a topic. I'm not convinced Holmes is as good on that front. He seems most comfortable talking to celebrities so maybe MSNBC can come up with a show that deals with lighter topics. Something that could be aired during midday of the MSNBC schedule. But if Holmes can handle the more political aspects of the news then by all means give him a political show too. My complaint towards him was his foolish decision to move to BET in the first place. He wasn't going to change the culture over there. I really disagree with the person who says Martin Bashir feels out of place. Bashir is an actual journalist (unlike Al Sharpton) with years/decades in the field training. He was a great get for MSNBC and whenever I catch his show I find it highly watchable. I like how he also brings an outsider perspective considering he is from England. And it is nice to see an anchor of a MSNBC show who is not either white or black. If MSNBC is the unofficial network of the DNC it needs to be as diverse as the DNC. That means more than simply having diverse guests on their TV programs; that means a diversity in the people who are are hosting those shows. Where are, for example, the Hispanic hosts?


Craig Melvin is a newbie in relation to TJ. He just left local NBC news in DC where he was known to be a far better field reporter than news Anchor. Unless he has grown leaps and bounds…….No competition. It would not surprise me that it is in TJ's contract that he can freelance or anchor sows on other networks…..Ed Gordon, Tavis Smiley and Donnie Simpson did not limit themselves either.

I also don't think Don't Sleep is trying to be competition in any way, shape or form to Comedy Central programming….not sure why folks are attempting to compare the two. It is part news/part talk show, hence the more relaxed presentation.

All that said, thanks for the picture…..I mean article.


I think T.J. Holmes is better suited for a show along the lines of Charlie Rose than Jon Stewart. Jon Stewart and Bill Maher are comedians that are skilled at making entertainment. They make entertainment that takes a satirical look at current affairs but it's still entertainment. As thought-provoking as their satire can be that is all they claim to be. T.J. Holmes is journalist, not a comedian. BET should work with his strong suit and make a prolong commitment to it. After the way they have cultivated their audience it's going to take awhile for a show the delves into serious topics to talk hold.

Mekisha Hale

For reading the article here on Shadow and Act. It's known that T.J. Holmes is a natural to the news business. He's got the voice and the smarts to direct the news in a way that's interesting and sometime insightful. With that the story that he was anchoring for someone for the weekend if I'm correct Alex Witt show while she's on vacation, T.J. Holmes being there to anchor which I didn't see this weekend was pretty interesting,with a head up I will be looking forward to seeing T.J. Holmes on Alex Witt show. But back to the story it is pretty interesting that he would happened to be there on MSNBC network anchoring while he still has an show on BET "Don't Sleep". Which has been in the news more then just the reason for that the style of the show which has been for thirty minutes every Monday thru Thurs. To now only once a week on Wednesday nights for one hour. So there was there was a problem with how to promote the show in a way it would catch on with the audience out there looking for alternative way to watch the news of the day. But there was the something more that BET networks was missing and that was trying to get the show off on a good start which has been the trouble lately. Even though there is an audience and a sort of a fan fair with the show. It's not moving the network towards an hit show. So in a way the show is still in limbo. And it does make some sense that he meaning T.J. Holmes go ahead and make the best of the situation while still trying to make the show that he wants. But while waiting for something to happened why not go and anchor. At least for the the vacationing Alex Witt show. But it does make interesting conversation that he would just end up on MSNBC for this weekend and it does make sense still at the same time. Those skills that T.J. Holmes is got has to be for some good use and why not just go ahead and do what you have to do. But BET better watch out if this becomes something more then just,a once in a lifetime gig. So BET get to work are else!!!!


I watch a significant amount of tv, and I still had to look Craig Melvin up when I saw this name in this article. The sad thing is, even after looking him up, his face still wasn't familiar. TJ has more notoriety and more of a fan base than Melvin does. I wonder if MSNBC is factoring that in? Could it be that they want the ratings that TJ brings? TJ definitely deserves a better gig than the treatment that BET has given him. If MSNBC doesn't come through, I wish that TVOne would get their act together.


Craig Morgan is the only anchor/journalist at MSNBC that feels out of place. I would never have to change the channel if TJ Holmes replaced him.


TJ Holmes is a smart man. I would think he'd keep all possible opportunities open for optimal exposure and career advancement. And yes, he was in his element today on MSNBC. He's far more charismatic as an interviewer than Craig Melvin. Furthermore, this isn't 1985 where there can only be 'one' guy. MSNBC, to their credit, has more than one star in the stable — as evidenced by their B team during this holiday season, and I for one, look forward to more of Mr. Holmes' professionalism on MSNBC.


Whew! He is soooo fine. Damn!

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