Posted by | Cyrena Rose

It’s unfortunate, but ShadowAndAct is reporting that BET has officially cancelled Don’t Sleep! with T.J. Holmes

From the show’s debut, the network demoted the program to just a night a week, due to low ratings (from a series high 1 million for its debut episode to averaging below 400,000 afterward). 

Also according to S&A,  Holmes is not a comedian, like say Bill Maher and John Stewart (in an early press release, BET made comparisons to shows hosted by both gentlemen).  He’s a serious news guy.  BET should’ve decided if it wanted a serious news program, or something that would appeal to its younger demographic, which I think is what they were shooting for.  The combo just didn’t work.

In a statement, BET said 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.

Holmes told The Root in a phone interview about the *break up*:

“I’m a completely free agent […] I will never, ever regret
 thinking that my heart was in the right place […] to do something that was not being done for our 
community. You learn from the mistakes, there are questions I 
should have asked, things that should have been cleared up [it is] an opportunity I would 
love to have [again].”

Stay tuned RC  fans, I am sure T.J. Holmes will find another gig!