MSNBC Launching New Political Talk Show Fronted by Melissa Harris-Perry

The network announces that the Tulane professor and frequent commentator will start her untitled series in February.

MNBC continues to grow its weekend roster. The network announced Thursday it's given contributor Melissa Harris-Perry her own political talk show, premiering Feb. 4.

The untitled two-hour series will air Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 a.m., following Chris Hayes' newly launched Up. The news coincides with the expansion of Weekends With Alex Witt, airing from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. and again from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

“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,” said network president Phil Griffin. “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 comes to the network during the election year with a resume as political analyst that includes pitch-hitting on The Rachel Maddow Show, writing a column for The Nation and teaching as a political science professor and New Orleans' Tulane University -- a job she will retain with her new series.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity,” said Harris-Perry. “All I’ve ever wanted to be is a teacher. Phil Griffin and MSNBC are giving me the chance to have a much bigger classroom. I’m particularly excited to join the growing weekend lineup where we have a chance to take a longer and broader view of the week’s political news.”