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Mr. Assange said before the broadcast that he anticipated criticism along the lines of: “There’s Julian Assange, enemy combatant, traitor, getting into bed with the Kremlin and interviewing terrible radicals from around the world.”

But he said that RT had a big international reach and his guests had told him things they “could not say on a mainstream TV network.”

‘Modern Family’s‘ Ferguson does cameo for online series

Jesse Tyler Ferguson of “Modern Family” might be a star now, but he remembers those awful days sweating it out in front of casting directors.

“I’ve had many horrible, horrible auditions. They’re tucked away. I try not to remember them. There are too many to name, actually,” he said ruefully. “You go into those situations desperately needing that job. Whether or not you want it or not, you need it to survive - you need the paycheck.”

Mr. Ferguson is revisiting his lean early years in a cameo for “Submissions Only,” an online sitcom that’s wrapping up its second season. It takes a behind-the-scenes look at the life of New York theater hopefuls.

Mr. Ferguson will join some of Broadway’s brightest lights who have made appearances in the series, including Kristin Chenoweth, Chita Rivera and Michael Urie.

“We’ve definitely made friends through this process with people who I would never even dream of going up to at a party and then, suddenly, we’re giving them direction on a set, which is hysterical,” said Andrew Keenan-Bolger, who, with Kate Wetherhead, created, writes and stars in the show.

Each episode begins with an audition and the one featuring Mr. Ferguson - which airs April 27 on - has him belting out an original song - and eventually crashing and burning.

‘GMA’s‘ ratings win ends 16-year streak for ‘Today’

The 16-year ratings dominance of NBC’s “Today” show, one of television’s most epic streaks, apparently has ended.

According to the Associated Press, the Nielsen Co. said Monday that ABC’s “Good Morning America” beat NBC’s morning show last week by a razor-thin margin of 13,000 viewers.

The “Today” show had won 852 consecutive weeks in the ratings, a streak that began in December 1995 when Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric were the chief anchors.

The streak was a huge point of pride at NBC as the rest of the network declined. Morning shows are also an important revenue source, and a changing of the guard could have significant financial repercussions. The “Today” show earned an estimated $484 million in revenue in 2011, according to Kantar Media, more than “GMA” ($298 million) and CBS’ morning show ($156 million) combined.

NBC this month signed “Today” co-host Matt Lauer to a contract extension that reportedly makes him the highest-paid on-air talent in television news. Mr. Lauer, however, was on vacation last week. David Gregory and Carl Quintanilla subbed for him

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