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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Beloved children’s author Maurice Sendak — most famously known for his 1963 book Where the Wild Things Are — has died at the age of 83 following complications from a recent stroke. Read his New York Times obituary here, and in case you missed it the first time, here’s the delightful recent interview he gave Stephen Colbert.

2. Here are some red carpet photos from last night’s annual Costume Institute Gala (aka fashion’s Oscars) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; because this year’s event was inspired by the museum’s new Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations exhibition, there were plenty of really crazy ensembles.

3. Afghan Whigs has confirmed that their first show in 13 years will be on May 23 at New York’s Bowery Ballroom; the evening before the band will be making their first TV appearance in over a decade on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. [via Pitchfork]

4. Book of Mormon star Josh Gad, former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett, and Modern Family director Jason Winer are collaborating on a new sitcom for NBC called 1600 Penn that will star Bill Pullman and Jenna Eflman as the President and First Lady. [via Inside TV]

5. In other NBC-related news, word is that 30 Rock, Parks and Rec, and Community will all be back next fall, but all of their seasons will be “abbreviated.” [via TVLine]

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