Up (TV program)

Up, currently branded as Up with David Gura, is a news and opinion television program that airs weekends on MSNBC at 8:00 a.m. ET. The program debuted September 17, 2011 as Up with Chris Hayes, and was hosted by Hayes until March 2013 when he left for All In with Chris Hayes, a new MSNBC weekday primetime program. Steve Kornacki's first episode aired April 13, 2013; he left in October 2015 for MSNBC dayside. The program ended in January 2016 for MSNBC's special political coverage. MSNBC Live aired in its place with Alex Witt and Frances Rivera from 2016 to 2018. The program was revived in 2018 with David Gura as host.

Up with David Gura
GenrePolitical news/opinion program
Presented byChris Hayes (2011–2013)
Steve Kornacki (2013–2015)
David Gura (2018–present)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Eelin Reily
Production location(s)New York City
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time120 minutes
Original networkMSNBC
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseOriginal run:
September 17, 2011 (2011-09-17) 
January 2016 (2016-01)
October 2018 (2018-10)
Preceded byWeekends with Alex Witt
Followed byAM Joy
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Prior to his position at MSNBC, Hayes was Washington D.C. Editor of The Nation. On August 1, 2011, MSNBC announced that Hayes would host a two-hour morning program on Saturdays and Sundays on the network.[1] The first airing of Up with Chris Hayes was September 17, 2011[2] and featured a live interview with current-Speaker Nancy Pelosi.[3] The premiere of the Sunday program featured an appearance by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. In addition to hosting "Up," Hayes would also continue to serve as a contributor to other MSNBC programs as well as continuing his work at The Nation as Editor-at-Large based in NYC.

Up was, at the time of its premiere, the most recent of MSNBC's attempts to place political opinion or talk shows on weekends; two other programs, Jesse Ventura's America (aired in 2003) and Weekends with Maury and Connie (aired in 2006), experienced short, months-long runs on weekend slots. According to Cenk Uygur, a former host on MSNBC, he was offered a weekend slot in return for letting go of his early-2011 slot on weekday evening airings of MSNBC Live, but turned it down and left the channel due to managerial disputes (commentator Al Sharpton was eventually appointed to Uygur's former slot, renamed PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton in August 2011; Uygur, instead, became a contributor and later host of The Young Turks on Current TV).

It was announced that January 5, 2012 that fellow The Nation and MSNBC contributor Melissa Harris-Perry would host her own weekend program, beginning February 4, 2012 at 10:00 am, following Up and leading to Weekends with Alex Witt.[4]

Hayes gave up weekends and hosted the 8 PM ET hour on MSNBC weekdays, with his first nightly show taking place on April 1.[5] On March 19, Steve Kornacki was named as the new host.[6] His first episode aired April 13, 2013.[7] Kornacki indicated that the program would maintain continuity, saying "a lot of progressive ideas were expressed through Up [with Chris Hayes], but I think the common thread through all the ideas, whether they’re progressive or whether they’re coming from the right, is that... they’re ideas that are worthy of discussion and worthy of exploration."[8]

In April 2013, Anne Thompson left her role as the Democratic National Committee's director of video production to become a segment producer for the program.[9]

In October 2018, Up returned to MSNBC's weekend programming, now hosted by David Gura.


From the beginning, Up has had a more panel-driven, opinion format than most traditional morning news programs and is more comparable to MSNBC weekday prime-time programming. To prepare new guests for the program, Hayes advises them, "The first and foremost important rule of the show: we're not on television — no talking points, no sound bites... We have a lot of time for actual conversation. So actually listen, actually respond."[10] The program is "slightly wonky, fairly serious, but without taking itself more seriously than the stories it covers". A typical show consists of a 4-person panel discussion of relevant topics as well as several segments detailing specific stories or interviews with newsmakers.[2] Hayes has stated that, in general, the Saturday program will analyze the stories of the previous week, while the Sunday program will serve as a look ahead at the week to come. Hayes notes that "Cable news is very white, male and straight", and aims for a younger more ideologically idiosyncratic set of guests who are reflective of the diversity of the country.[11]

Much of this same ideology is continued into the David Gura era, with the format being almost unchanged.

The official Twitter hashtag of the program is #uppers which began as a joke about the early show time that went viral.

Up is broadcast from 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.


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  2. Martel, Frances (2011-09-17), MSNBC’s Up With Chris Hayes: A DVR Gem In The Making, Mediaite
  3. Huevel, Katrina (2011-09-16), Get 'Up with Chris Hayes', The Nation
  4. Tommy Christopher (2012-01-05). "Melissa Harris-Perry To Host MSNBC Weekend Show Starting In February". Mediaite. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  5. "Chris Hayes to host MSNBC primetime show". MSNBC. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  6. "Steve Kornacki to host MSNBC's 'Up'". MSNBC. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  7. "Chris Hayes signs off "Up", thanks viewers and staff and passes the torch to Steve Kornacki" (Press release). MSNBC. 24 March 2013. Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  8. Erik Hayden, Steve Kornacki, New Host of MSNBC's 'Up', on Replacing Chris Hayes, Moving to Weekends The Hollywood Reporter March 20, 2013
  9. Allen, Mike (10 April 2013). "GUN, IMMIGRATION DEALS IMMINENT -- OBAMA BUDGET, 11:15 a.m. -- ANTHONY WEINER eyes comeback -- JOE SCARBOROUGH is surprised in D.C. on his 50th: pics, toasts, guest list, menu". Politico. Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  10. Williams, Alex (June 22, 2012), "Chris Hayes Has Arrived With 'Up'", New York Times, retrieved June 26, 2012
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