Don't Sleep! With TJ Holmes
Posted Oct 2, 2012 @ 12:16 PM
I didn't see a topic for this show. It premiered last night on BET. TJ Holmes left CNN for this startup executive produced by an ex-Daily Show showrunner.
The format does have tinges of The Daily Show with a comedic news presentation, Colbert-esque commentary called "The Breakdown" (with slow jam music in the background). It was a bit predictable but I'll give them time to nail down what works and what doesn't. Having Hill Harper as a first guest was a smart move. That dude is awesome.
I hope BET sticks with the show. They certainly need something of substance to show.
Posted Oct 2, 2012 @ 1:42 PM
Edited by Jx223, Oct 2, 2012 @ 1:43 PM.
Posted Oct 2, 2012 @ 4:57 PM
If he can keep interesting guests coming I think BET will finally have a show that many people won't be embarrassed to say that they watch on purpose. I plan to keep watching.
Posted Oct 15, 2012 @ 3:25 PM
The show needs to settle on a group of rotating panelists that they can count on for lively discussion. I hope that will come in upcoming weeks. The issue with the panel is the out-of-place comedian/d-list celebrity/random athlete thrown in the mix.
I'm sure it's to keep the panel from becoming too wonky but often that extra person has nothing to say. For example, TJ essentially had to interview gold medal swimmer Cullen Jones on his own while the other guests debated the topic. Often that extra guest isn't versed enough in the issue to jump in with anything worthwhile to say. I thought the same thing when Sherrod Small was a guest.
I also noticed that the segment that was "This Week in Ratchet" with Issa Rae (creator of "Awkward Black Girl") is now an unnamed bit with her. Glad they dropped that branding.
Posted Oct 23, 2012 @ 7:14 PM
Please, please, please let them keep Issa Rae!
Edited by BluBarbi98, Oct 23, 2012 @ 7:14 PM.
Posted Oct 25, 2012 @ 1:32 PM
Not sure how long BET will give this show to grow. I fear that people who might be interested in watching long gave up on BET and wouldn't see promotion for it. I would be one of those people but I also read up on TV inside baseball stuff.