Sunday, November 6, 2011

Weekend morning dialectics with your breakfast

Up w/Chris Hayes (Sat. 7am-9am ET, Sun. 8am-10am ET) on MSNBC stands apart in the medium of weekend TV news commentary. It actually does dialectics.

Pundits sit around a table with mostly-ignored continental breakfast fare (Is it supposed to suggest the show's continental flair?) and actually engage in constructive argument and analysis. This is unlike shows like NBC's Meet The Press or ABC's This Week, where their panel segment consists mainly of restrained participants saying their bit in their allotted time slots without the back-and-forth dialogs found on Up. This is orchestrated with fine skill by the host, Chris Hayes.

The Twitter hashtag for viewers is #uppers, and the show's profile is @upwithchris.

Good show.