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T.J. Holmes' New BET Series To Be Produced By 'Daily Show' Team; Watch Preview + Get Debut Dates

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 7, 2012 8:55 PM
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BET Networks has begun unveiling its official fall lineup, and we'll have coverage of noteworthy new shows right here on S&A, including previews.

The network announced yesterday that the debut of one of its anticipated new fall series, Don't Sleep!, hosted by T. J. Holmes, (aka LL TJ) will happen on Monday, October 1 from 11-11:30 p.m. ET/PT.

The show will air on Monday through Thursday every week.

Says the press release:

“DON’T SLEEP!,” will feature Holmes delivering smart, biting social commentary on significant issues important to African Americans. Guaranteed to shake up late night, “DON’T SLEEP!,” presents and tackles current headlines that affect our community while also creating awareness about vital stories mainstream media tends to disregard. “DON’T SLEEP!” is also infused with a team of correspondents injecting perspective, humor and commentary about a wide range of topics. The witty late night series is keenly focused on keeping Black America engaged, awake and in the know. 

The show is being co-produced by Madeleine Smithberg and Sarah North of Mad Cow Productions, which puts Holmes and his new show in good hands, because Smithberg is the Emmy and Peabody award-winning producer, co-creator and former showrunner of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, producing more than 1100 episodes for the Emmy-award winning series.

Although I wouldn't expect Don't Sleep! to just be the black version of The Daily Show.

You'll recall that BET signed Holmes to a multi-platform talent deal, which includes hosting this new show on BET, as well as contributions to its website

Here's a preview of what to expect from Don't Sleep!:

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  • ALM | August 8, 2012 10:46 PMReply

    I loathe BET, but like audiodramatist I will plan to catch the show online if it is available online.

  • audiodramatist | August 8, 2012 4:12 AMReply

    uXolo, the questions i had were just from the write-up.
    Now that i've seen the clip...(Internet is kinda slow right now in Cape Town) i see it is more fast-paced and portents to have a lot more regular folks in the line-up rather than the media('s) usual suspects. Great. Let's see how it shakes out. The host seems really right for the j-o-b.

  • audiodramatist | August 8, 2012 4:03 AMReply

    ...don't do television but i do catch things on the net (i live in Cape Town, South Africa)...
    Questions: Will this schedule conflict with that stand-up guy Chris Rock is pushing?
    And this almost sounds like what Jay Smooth ( has been doing for years...
    Any biting from that source?

  • BREN | August 7, 2012 10:42 PMReply


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