The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. It was a bad weekend for older, beloved celebrities. Designing Women actress Dixie Carter died at 70, and Eddie Carroll, the voice of Jiminy Cricket, died at 76. [via USA Today; LAT] 2. So this isn’t shocking: Jay Leno has the oldest audience in all of late-night TV — about 10 years older than Conan’s. [via NYT] 3. That said, some local FOX affiliates would rather air reruns of Seinfeld and The Simpsons than Conan O’Brien‘s new talk show. [via THR] 4. Due to “creative reasons” Jenny Humphrey (aka Taylor Momsen) will be missing from several episodes at the beginning of next season of Gossip Girl. All will be revealed in this season’s finale. [via EW] 4. Ben Silverman is partnering with America Ferrera to produce Pedro and Maria, a Romeo and Juliet-style bilingual telenovela that will involve audience voting, for MTV. [via Variety]