Holmes left CNN in December 2011 and signed a multi-platform contract with BET. It was reported that Holmes would anchor a new show and contribute to the network's website. The network did not initially release details on the new show but said the program would "feature Holmes’ prospective on current events as well as human interest stories."
BET announced the new show titled "Don't Sleep With T.J. Holmes," which will debut later this year. As TVNewser pointed out, the network's official announcement compares the new program with those hosted by Jon Stewart, Steven Colbert and Bill Maher.
Holmes was was placed on The Root's 100 List last year. The magazine named him the 42nd most influential African American in the Media in 2010.
DON’T SLEEP WITH T.J. HOLMES is a fresh new voice joining the ranks of Jon Stewart, Steven Colbert and Bill Maher. T.J. Holmes gives you a good reason to stay up late. With hilarious “correspondents,” T.J.’s sure to have viewers rolling with laughter over the absurdity of today’s hot-button issues. Speaking through a unique and smart African American filter, T.J. invites the community to wake up on the issues that affect them; don’t sleep on the stories that mainstream news outlets won’t cover. The show will also open ears with captivating, unexpected musical performances. DON’T SLEEP WITH T.J. HOLMES reports with keen focus to keep Black America engaged and in the know.