Canceled: BET Gives ‘Don’t Sleep!’ The Axe, T.J. Holmes Says He Doesn’t Completely Regret The Show

May 6, 2013  |  

Source: WENN

Eight months following its initial launch, BET has officially confirmed that Don’t Sleep! hosted by T.J. Holmes will not be returning for another season. According to Multichannel News, the series has been canceled due to its failure to draw a significant audience. The show started off strong, garnering 1 million viewers for its October 9th episode, but that success quickly diminished, averaging only 400,000 viewers before being transformed into a weekly show.

“[Don’t Sleep!] delivered smart social commentary on significant issues important to African Americans with the nation’s most prominent thought leaders. BET remains committed to being a resource for our audience on issues that directly affect the African American community,” the network said in a statement.

Holmes maintains that he’s proud of what Don’t Sleep! represented and will continue to tackle issues affecting our communities.

“I thank the audience and my fans for all of their support. I am proud of Don’t Sleep and I look forward to continuing to speak to broad issues affecting the national and global communities.”

He also spoke to Journal-isms on Friday regarding his departure from the network.

“I’m a 
completely free agent. 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.”

It’s unfortunate that the show has been canceled. We wish T.J. the best in his future endeavors!

Considering how successful shows like Real Housewives of Atlanta and Love & Hip Hop are, would you say that we (the Black community) are to blame for allowing this show to be canceled?

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  • WhoMe

    Maybe msnbc or tv one will pick it up.

  • Nope

    lol at the comments about it being on “too late”. Late nights doesn’t stop Black folks from doing a lot of things. Information and BET viewers doesn’t exactly belong in the same sentence to begin with. They usually aren’t exactly the PBS or BBC type of audience.

    • ChiTown Princess

      Some of us black folks have to get up early in the morning to go to work/school Monday-Friday, so yeah some of us have to be in bed by 10PM.

  • ChiTown Princess

    I thought it was already cancelled back in December, I haven’t seen the show since then. Oh well, hope he gets a job at MSNBC, he’s a good journalist and he just had a daughter.

  • Britt

    There’s a way to present important issues in a way that makes it informative AND entertaining to watch. He was very informative and somewhat entertaining, but not enough to pull in decent ratings, which makes me sad. Even though that was the case, BET made the wrong move cancelling the show as that was the only show that gave us something other than sitcoms with bad writing, bad actors, and 106 & Park. Smh

  • Moni

    Hmm. I wasn’t aware of this show. It def sounds like something I would have tuned in to if I had known about it. They should have promoted it like they did the Real Husbands. So maybe lack of promotion was the issue

  • JRoc85

    Let’s be real, all BET needs to do is BRING BACK MONIQUE!!!!! She was entertaining, thought provoking, & most importantly…FUN!!!! Don’t Sleep was okay, BUT it was it too boring (the whole “the number for tonight is… & it represents…” was too bizarre). Not to mention, his panels weren’t all that “deep in thought.” TJ Holmes should go back to CNN, cause he shines there.

    • Shay n Scrappy 4 ever! Lmao

      why did hers show end?

      • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

        came on too late. Same issue

      • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

        And I’m mad at you because of your name! LOL

        • Shay n Scrappy 4 ever! Lmao

          You know you love it! Momma Dee do.

      • JRoc85

        Because BET is ALWAYS axing GOOD SHOWS!!!!!!!!!!

        • Shay n Scrappy 4 ever! Lmao

          Leading me to ask why didnt they cut 106th & park post rocsi and terrance? I mean they weren’t THAT bad, but now… X______X Idk them the other folks, just the dude who look like a 15 year old…

  • Guest

    Intelligent programming is beneficial to watch because you learn things and get pertinent information so for that reason, I’m sorry this show was cancelled. The truth is, I’m far too busy actually living my life to watch much television and maybe so are other people whom this program would have been enjoyable too. Unfortunately, the people who need to watch this type of programming the most, won’t watch it. They are too busy watching the crap out there to tune in to something like this!!!!

  • Truth Hurts

    Too little views because it was simply too late. Bet has a platform that could benefit our black community greatly, but rarely goes about it the right way. 106 & park’s time slot needs to be cut in half so that shows like “Don’t Sleep” can rise. If we could get more Black people aware and knowledgeable about real things that matter in the world we could excel a lot further. The shallow materialistic videos today sends a false reality to our Black teens and BET lacks the balance. Very little if any of the videos being shown on the network presents a positive message. It’s a sad thing seeing teens who know more about “twerking” and “getting some”, than politics, finances, and becoming equipped with KSA’s to one day lead in the job market. What exactly is BET trying to represent? It’s cool to stand in front of a $250k+ shiny car, feeling on half naked women, while rapping bad content?

  • Patricia

    It wasn’t his fault, the show was aired at the wrong time. TJ should pitch a show to OWN. The network is looking for positive and informative shows. We haven’t seen the last of this gifted man.

  • Star

    The show was on too late. It initially wasn’t on long enough. The topics and people discussed weren’t “hot-button” enough to get anyone’s attention. I think he was trying too hard to be the less-satirical version of the Colbert Report or the Daily Show. But I love TJ Holmes and I hope he gets another opportunity to grace my television screen. It was a well-intentioned effort. As for that final comment in the article, TRUST black people aren’t the only ones responsible for the success of Love and HipHop and Real Housewives.

    • JRoc85

      Amen!!!! There are other ethnicities responsible for these show successes. For example, look @ some of the stars from these shows: Teresa Guidice, Joseline Hernandez, Emily B, Jenn the Penn, Kim Zolciak, or Somaya Reece. So trust & believe Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, etc…are also guilty of supporting these shows.

  • The fact that he gave up a job with CNN to work at BET says a lot about TJ….all looks but no brains

    • Brian

      The same CNN that said the Boston Bomber was a “dark skinned male”??

    • JRoc85

      He actually was an anchor @ CNN for awhile, but BET offered him a show so TJ jumped ship. Perhaps TJ should have held on for awhile so he could at least get his own show with CNN or more anchor time. Who knows????

  • it is set up for us to lose our shows that have value to the black community I had to stop watching it and I absolutely loved the show but I have to get up too early in the morning to get the kids off to school and go to school myself. They days I stayed up to watch it I struggled in class because I was tired so I would record it. We need more shows like that instead of the terrible shows we have that make us look ignorant and trashy.

  • Like most people said the show came on to late. Bring the show back at a different time and I believe it will do better.

  • Reese

    Like another posted said it just came on too darn late. It was an informational show but just on the wrong network at the wrong time.

  • NatashaDecemberBabyThomas

    I only watched the show one time, because I was home sick from night school and I normally get out of school til 10:15 and get home at 11:00 and the show comes on at 10PM here in Chicago. Plus they didn’t have repeats on the episode in the daytime either. Sad that he left CNN for the Buffoon Exploitation Television, and I liked the show.

    • Shay n Scrappy 4 ever! Lmao

      Who is the person not liking these comments that are speaking bad on BET? We got BET stans now????

    • ChiTown Princess

      I live in the Chi and I go to sleep at 10PM. His show was on on late, at least they should have it come on at 8PM. I got to watch it couple of times and it was good, but bad time slot and worst network to put it on.

  • Shay n Scrappy 4 ever! Lmao

    Why every time BET gets a half decent show they ax it? And that show wasnt half decent. it was actually good. I like T.J. Holmes. Maybe MSNBC or CNN will pick him up… or did he leave MSNBC? Either way, he’ll bounce back with the quickness and BET might end up with egg on their faces….

  • texastea

    Not really a shock that TJ Holmes’ show got canceled. For me, it came on a little too late at night. Then I always felt that politics and our political allegiances (Obammy and the democratic party) stopped TJ and his guests from really “going in” or “going hard” on the state of black America. Plus, I think that maybe the show could have used some variety in it’s formatting. Maybe every night didn’t have to be a panel discussion. He could have focused on just one person, their opinions, commentary, books, music, etc. It’s sad though. I don’t know why black talk shows aren’t making it. I used to like the Monique Show because she had on the entertainers and guests that appealed to me; old school and new school black entertainers that just weren’t highlighted anywhere else. The only way I am getting anything close to a black talk show now is to watch some shows, like Iyanla Vanzant’s, on the OWN network, ironically.

  • Guest360

    I hate to say it but the problem was not him. The problem was black people. They’ll turn out in droves to watch The Game, Love and Hip Hop, Basketball wives, etc. but won’t turn on the news to see what’s going on in the world. And BET doesn’t make it any better when they purposefully hindered him from creating an audience that would watch him.

    • Breeze

      Thank you for being honest because its hard for a lot black people to support TV shows that are not ratchet which is funny because we will cry and petition those show but won’t support a brotha trying to something different. The late argument is bull because Jon Stewart and Colbert shows thrive and they come on just as late. I guarantee if Bad Girls Club and Love & Hip Hop came on at 11 they would have just as many viewers. We don,t really want change we just like to talk about it.

      • Guest360

        Exactly and it’s so sad. I don’t even think it’s a problem that can be fixed anymore. At least not on BET. His best bet is to move over to MSNBC or go back to CNN where people actually want to watch the news and what a black man brings to it.

    • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

      I don’t think it was black people not wanting to watch. Time slot is everything and BET knew this. Since it was only 30 mins they could have put it on right after 106th and park and then again right before wendy Williams.

  • Beejcee

    This show was on too late on their schedule. The Show needed an earlier regular news spot at least. It was a great idea, but as always BET used not one bit of common sense when the show needed a different time slot, heck they could have switched it out with 106th and Park. And showed encore later in the night for night owls.

    • JRoc85

      Here’s an idea: BET should cancel 106 & park altogether (the show was good for a long time, but it has ran its course)!!!!!! The show was really good when AJ & Free were hosting (then Ginuwine & Lil Kim use to host 106 & park prime time)!!!!! The show was pretty good when Rocsi & Terrance J were holding things down, now they have 4 hosts????? 106 needs to go!

  • kylieky

    It isn’t as if we haven’t figured it out by now but finally they give us an official statement.