- - Tuesday, January 24, 2012

WikiLeaks founder planning TV show

You’ve read his leaks. Now watch his show.

Cybertransparency activist Julian Assange said he’s launching a career in television, hosting what he’s billing as a new brand of talk show built around the theme of “the world tomorrow,” according to the Associated Press.

The show’s guests haven’t been disclosed, but Mr. Assange has promised to give viewers more of what he’s been supplying for years: controversy.

The WikiLeaks secret-spilling site said in a statement released late Monday that “iconoclasts, visionaries and power insiders” would be brought in so Mr. Assange could challenge them on their vision of world affairs and “their ideas on how to secure a brighter future.”

The world of television talk shows is a new one for the 40-year-old Australian, whose group has orchestrated the biggest mass disclosures of secret documents in U.S. history. But the statement argued that Mr. Assange was uniquely qualified for the role given his past as “a pioneer for a more just world and a victim of political repression.”

WikiLeaks said the show would begin airing in mid-March, although how the show will be produced and who will carry it are open questions.

It’s not even clear if Mr. Assange will be free to host the show. He’s currently fighting extradition to Sweden, where he’s wanted on sex crime allegations, and U.S. officials are still weighing possible charges linked to his attention-grabbing leaks.

Harvard troupe names Segel Man of the Year

“How I Met Your Mother” star Jason Segel can add a Hasty Pudding award to his career highlights.

Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals on Monday named Mr. Segel its Man of the Year.

The student group is the nation’s oldest undergraduate drama troupe. It’ll host a parade and roast for Mr. Segel on Feb. 3.

Mr. Segel got his start in the short-lived but critically acclaimed television series “Freaks and Geeks.” He later wrote and starred in the 2008 movie “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” which earned more than $100 million worldwide. And he co-wrote and starred in last year’s “The Muppets.” He plays Marshall Eriksen on the CBS comedy “How I Met Your Mother.”

Actress Claire Danes, currently starring in Showtime’s “Homeland,” has been named this year’s Woman of the Year.

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