The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Was Alec Baldwin trying to break out heart when he tweeted this photo of Jack Donaghy’s last day at the office? Probably. [via BuzzFeed]

2. “He’s giving everyone shit the whole time, and he’s a big pain in the ass.” You’ll never guess who Jon Stewart says was the worst Daily Show guest of all-time, and is apparently banned for life. Hint: It’s an actor, not a dictator. [via Gawker]

3. We wouldn’t necessarily think of Downton Abbey or Doctor Who as shining examples of diversity on television, but according to a new report from the BBC, they’re doing a lot better than most programming in the UK. [via Deadline]

4. Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood would like everyone to know that he’s not in Brazil waiting out the apocalypse. He’s rehearsing with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Sydney. [via Pitchfork]

5. Gene Wolf — perhaps best known as the author of The Book of the New Sun — has been named a grand master of science fiction and fantasy by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. The lifetime achievement award has previously gone to legends like Ursula K Le Guin, Isaac Asimov, and Ray Bradbury. [via Guardian]