The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. This is the most exciting news we’ve read in a while: Starting this fall Nickelodeon will air old episodes of shows like Rugrats, Kenan & Kel, Pete & Pete, The Amanda Bynes Show, All That, and Clarissa Explains It All in a new midnight-to-2 am programming block dubbed “The ’90s Are All That.” [via EW]

2. Julie Taymor will be replaced as director of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark by Philip William McKinley, the former director of the Hugh Jackman hit show The Boy from Oz; while she hasn’t technically been banished from working on the project, producers say her role moving forward will be limited. [via NYDN]

3. Today the critics weigh in on the iPad 2, which hits stores tomorrow. David Pogue at the New York Times seems most concerned with how wrong critics were about the original iPad; Walt Mossberg at the Wall Street Journal says it “offers an excellent balance of size, functionality and price”; and Joshua Topolsky from Engadget says while this “thinner, sleeker, faster variant of the original may not be breaking lots of new ground,” it beats most other tablets on the market.

4. By now you’ve probably heard that Vivian Schiller, the president and chief executive of NPR since January 2009, resigned yesterday when a hidden camera video featuring incendiary comments by the network’s fundraising chief surfaced. But the Wall Street Journal gets our vote for best headline on the story: “Video Kills the Radio Czar.”

5. Yesterday’s news that Cap’n Crunch was being forced to retire simply weren’t true. Says an official statement from Quaker Oats: “Reports of Cap’n Crunch’s demise are greatly exaggerated. In fact, we just launched an official Facebook page for Cap’n Crunch. Now that our Cap’n Crunch brand is in the social-media space, our adult consumers can stay up to date on all things Cap’n Crunch.” [via The Daily What]

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