The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Just about all live entertainment in New York City was canceled last night, but Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman both braved the storm to tape their shows without audiences. Watch their monologues — and Letterman’s interview with Denzel Washington, who obviously can’t be deterred by even the foulest of weather — at Splitsider.

2. Speaking of Hurricane Sandy, the Frankenstorm has inspired a flood of Netflix viewership, with the streaming service reporting a 20% bump in the Northeast. [via Vulture]

3. Yoko Ono “certainly didn’t break the group up, the group was breaking up,” Paul McCartney has told David Frost in a 50th anniversary Beatles interview set to air next month. “I don’t think you can blame her for anything.” [via LA Times]

4. Bad news, Dwight Schrute fans: NBC has put the kibosh on Rainn Wilson‘s The Office spin-off. “Farm Update: NBC has passed on moving forward with The Farm TV show. Had a blast making the pilot – onwards & upwards!” Wilson tweeted. [via ArtsBeat]

5. Next week, Lindstrøm will release his second album of 2012, Smalhans. Stream it at Stereogum.

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