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Julian Assange's new talk show will air on Russian TV

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Julian Assange, the founder of the controversial WikiLeaks website, announced on Sunday that he was moving even further into the spotlight as host of a TV talk show. "The World Tomorrow" will feature conversations with "key political players, thinkers and revolutionaries from around the world," he said.

With Assange aspiring to be a mix of Oprah Winfrey and Harvey Levin (with lots more state secrets), the only question seemed to be, what channel would air such a talk show?

The answer: Russian TV. The English-language channel RT, founded by the Kremlin in 2005, will be carrying the new show starting in March.

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In the original news release, sent out before the deal with RT was announced, Assange said the series would be 10 half-hour interviews airing weekly.

"Through this series I will explore the possibilities for our future in conversations with those who are shaping it. Are we heading towards utopia, or dystopia and how we can set our paths?" Assange said.

RT is broadcast around the world and is available to 430 million people. It also broadcasts in Spanish and Arabic. Unsurprisingly, it frequently takes a critical stance toward U.S. policy.

There's no word yet on what kind of guests Assange has lined up, but he won't have to travel far to produce it. The show will be shot at the location of Assange's house arrest in England, where he's fighting extradition to Sweden on allegations of rape and molestation.

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Photo: Julian Assange. Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth / Associated Press

mun2 lists best cities for young Latinos: Boston tops L.A.

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Universal City-based mun2, the bilingual, youth-oriented cable TV network, has ranked the top cities for young Latinos and Latinas, and the list is a bit of a shocker. Boston, a city usually associated with frost-bite and Puritanism, tops Los Angeles (ranked No. 6 overall), the most Spanish-speaking city north of Mexico City. Equally suprising is that Miami, the self-styled capital of Caribbean Latin America, didn't make the list at all.

So how did mun2 explain its ranking of Beantown as the No. 1 choice for young Latinos to "live, work, play and fall in love"? It has a lot to do with Boston's large population of singles, which is mainly due to its huge number of students attending the city's dozens of colleges and universities. According to mun2, citing U.S. census data, 40% of Boston's population is between 18 and 34. Boston also got high marks for diversity and low unemployment.

In remarks on its website, mun2 described Los Angeles this way: "One of the oldest 'Latino cities,' L.A. ranks high when it comes to income growth over time, and solidly when it comes to a high percentage of singles, low crime and opportunities for young entrepreneurs."

Updated at 6:32 p.m.: Jose Marquez, vice-president of Interactive Strategy for mun2, explains that the reason Miami wasn't included in the list is that the rankings included only those cities with populations greater than 500,000. Although metropolitan Miami has more than 5 million people, the city proper is about 400,000.

Here's the complete list:

1. Boston
2. Austin
3. Denver
4. New York
5. Phoenix
6. Los Angeles
7. Dallas
8. Chicago
9. San Diego
10. Tucson
11. Houston
12. San Jose
13. San Antonio
14. El Paso
15. Las Vegas

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Photo: mun2 personalities Yasmin Deliz, left, Yarel Ramos and Melissa "Crash" Barrera on the set. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

TCA 2011: Cristina Saralegui moves to Telemundo, wants Tom Cruise

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When Spanish TV talk show queen Cristina Saralegui takes her skills from Univision to rival Spanish-language network Telemundo in the fall, her measure of success will be one English-language viewers can appreciate:

"My hope is to see Tom Cruise jumping on my couch," Saralegui said. "That’s what I want. I would like to be able to cross-pollinate, to introduce my chickens to the English market."

Saralegui appeared Tuesday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour at the Beverly Hilton to promote her return to the talk show format. Developed and executive produced by Saralegui, "Pa'lante con Cristina" is a two-hour weekly talk/variety show  on Telemundo that she'll also host. And though on the surface it might seem like a rehashing of her former talk show "El Show de Cristina," which aired on Univision, Saralegui said one difference will be the ability to step outside of the Spanish-only bubble that she was limited to on that other network and take a more global approach.

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Fall TV Season: Telemundo lands talk-show host Cristina Saralegui

Christina Cristina Saralegui -- forced last fall to retire from Univision after hosting her popular talk show for 21 years -- has landed a new gig for a weekly variety show at competitor Telemundo.

And the outspoken Cuban-born Spanish-language media icon made it clear this week that her parting from industry leader Univision was definitely not sweet sorrow. 

"Yes, the tiny terror is back," Saralegui thundered into a microphone Tuesday night as she purposely strode across the stage at the American Museum of Natural History  in New York, where Telemundo unveiled its new fall lineup to advertisers.  The crowd -- including advertisers and dozens of employees of Comcast Corp.'s NBCUniversal, which owns Telemundo -- roared its approval with loud applause.

Saralegui thanked Don Browne, president of Telemundo, for giving her "the chance to have a home." She said she had been impressed because Telemundo execcutives had treated her with such respect.

"I'm not used to that," Saralegui said. "I come from another world."

The popular host's signing with Telemundo -- Saralegui's new weekend show is expected to begin at the end of this year -- rachets up the already strong rivalry between the two Spanish-language media companies. 

Although Univision has long dominated the field, Telemundo has made substantial gains in recent months, due, in part, to the success of its top 10 p.m. telenovela, "La Reina del Sur."  Telemundo said Tuesday it had increased its marketshare 16% in key time periods since May 2010.

Telemundo announced a new lineup that included four new telenovelas: "Amor de Película " (Love, Just like in the Movies), "Caídas del Cielo," (Fallen From Heaven), "Física o Química" (Physical or Chemistry), "Una Maid en Manhattan" (Maid in Manhattan).  The company also renewed its agreement to air the Billboard Latin Music Awards and said it would add "Premios Billboard de la Música Regional Mexicana," an awards show dedicated to regional Mexican music. 

Last fall, Univision tried to quietly show Saralegui the door after canceling her weekly "El Show de Cristina."  At the time, Saralegui hinted that her "retirement" was not voluntary.  Tuesday, she called herself a pioneer, "that's what they call old people now,"  the 63-year-old host said, adding,  "I would like to continue to do groundbreaking television, and I want to do that here."

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Photo: Cristina Saralegui in 2010. Credit: Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald.

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