The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Devastating news: Last night at the National Dance Institute’s annual fund-raising gala, Alec Baldwin told Vulture that the next season of 30 Rock will be its last: “Our contracts are expired [in 2012], and Tina is gonna have a big career directing films and writing. She’s going to be the next Elaine May. She’ll be great.”

2. Finale guest stars Ray Romano, James Spader, and British comedienne Catherine Tate have been thrown into a pool that already includes Will Arnett and Ricky Gervais as possibilities to replace The Office’s Steve Carell when he exits the show on April 28th. [via TVLine]

3. Sigur Rós has posted 10 previously unreleased tracks — including some live recordings from 1998 — to help tide fans over until they return from their indefinite hiatus. It’s not new material, but we’ll take it. [via Paste Magazine]

4. Tennessee is the happiest state in the US, and Germany is the happiest country in the world — at least according to what people are posting on Twitter. [via Gawker]

5. Glee’s April 26th episode — which is inspired by Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” — has been expanded to 90 minutes. We don’t know about you, but our fingers are crossed that it involves Kurt giving birth to a race of aliens that look just like him. [via TVLine]

Bonus link: A.C. Slater and Jessie Spano on the set of Extra