The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Joss Whedon had the first crack at the Buffy reboot, but turned it down to work on other projects. [via Vulture]

2. Despite mixed critical reviews and tons of technical complications, producers announced yesterday that Julie Taymor’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has already sold more than $1 million worth of advance tickets. [via EW]

3. ABC has plans for a new show starring Tony winner Idina Menzel that will be “a mother-daughter relationship drama in the vein of Gilmore Girls.” But with singing. [via Deadline]

4. Frank Darabont writer/director of AMC’s newbie hit Walking Dead has reportedly let go of all the show’s writers and is looking to assign future scripts to freelancers. This is allegedly not unheard of in the biz, but wouldn’t you be so pissed off? [via Deadline]

5. Speaking of pissed, we hear that Ryan Seacrest just signed a three-year, $60 million deal to continue on the radio with Clear Channel. He’ll also help them create new on-air and digital content and launch a new record label. [via NYND]

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