After appearing on the network as a political analyst and fill-in host for the Rachel Maddow Show and The Last Word, Tulane professor, and one of our favorite public intellectuals, Melissa Harris-Perry, is getting her very own show.

MSNBC released a statement explaining why they chose Harris-Perry.

“Melissa’s thoughtful analysis has been an incredible addition to our primetime programs and I’m thrilled to have her join our expanded weekend line-up. Alex Witt has led our weekend programming for many years and will continue to be our chief weekend news anchor, kicking-off and wrapping up our live coverage each day. Weekend mornings are a time when our audience wants intelligent political conversation, as the success of Chris Hayes has shown, in addition to coverage of all the headlines. As the political year gets underway, there’s no better time to build up our weekend coverage, which Alex has helmed so well for years.”

Harris-Perry is also excited about her new position, which allows her to continue teaching at Tulane as well as live in New Orleans.

Harris-Perry’s show beefs up an already growing MSNBC weekend line-up. The Tulane professor joins Alex Witt and Chris Hayes, and will be on air Saturday and Sunday at 10am to 12pm.  The still untitled show will begin airing February 4.

Will you be tuning in? 

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  • fuchsia

    Absolutely! She’s awesome!

  • Jonston

    Guess I’m the only one who can’t stand her. Ever since I saw her interview with Bill Moyers where she essentially ordered everyone to vote Obama. Of course her recent criticism of Black “public intellectuals” who *dared* to criticize Obama (is this a case of half-whites sticking together?) just reinforced my distaste. Hopefully she gets canceled soon.

  • Byron

    I think it is important to maintain diversity on television and always have meaningful comentary with a African perspective.