The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. If you haven’t seen the cover of this week’s Newsweek, which features a cover story by Andrew Sullivan on Barack Obama as the country’s first gay president — complete with a rainbow halo — here it is.

2. Jay-Z is curating and headlining the first-ever Budweiser Made in America music festival,… Read More

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10 Famous TV Showrunners’ Biggest Regrets

With all the vainglory and self-promotion festering on the Twitter frontier, we gotta say it’s refreshing when people use their 140 characters for humble purposes (notwithstanding the fact that the existence of a singular selfless tweet has yet to be confirmed). A fine example of this would be last weekend’s cavalcade of TV showrunner remorse, incited by Damon Lindelof’s, “The weather in LA this week has been as consistent as the third season of LOST.” Bill Lawrence stepped up next, tweeting, “Many, many episodes of Scrubs sucked balls” and “Cougar Town’s first six eps made me sad.” Then Shonda Rhimes came forth, confessing that Seasons 4 and 5 of Grey’s Anatomy make her “want to hide in a dark cave and maybe change my name.” Which actually had us feeling bad as one can for famous rich people, and then scouring for other confessionals like these. Click through to see what we found, and please join in to add your favorite showrunner regrets in the comments! … Read More

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The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Forbes has released its Fictional 15, an annual list of fiction’s wealthiest characters. This year’s winner is Smaug, the dragon from The Hobbit, whose “personal fortune jumped 16% from last year to $62 billion after wyrm watchers crafted a more detailed analysis of his massive hoard of coins, jewels and antiques.”

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Lindsay Lohan May Be 'Glee's' Newest Guest Star

Lindsay Lohan just wrapped up her guest spot on SNL the other week, and now she’s vying for an appearance on Glee. According to EW, the actress is in final negotiations to play herself as a celebrity judge for the nationals competition. This is big news, considering a year ago Lohan wanted to… Read More

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'Smash,' Lady Gaga, 'Pariah' Honored at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards

Last night, the first section of the 23rd annual GLAAD Media Awards were presented in New York City in an event hosted by Glee‘s Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera. The awards, which will continue April 21st in Los Angeles, honor media outlets, people and programs across the board “for their fair, accurate and… Read More

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The Most Racially Stereotyped Characters on TV Right Now

It’s great that television writers and producers are slowly making pop culture more diverse, but that doesn’t mean every non-white character on TV represents a step forward. Some programs seem to do nothing but pump racial stereotypes into the public sphere, which is just really disappointing in 2012. From geeky and pathetic Asian characters to a biracial genie who’s literally an object in a white lady’s house, our top picks after the jump. Let us know about any other questionable depictions that have been bugging you in the comments. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we enjoyed Marco Kaye’s hilarious “What It’s Like Being President, Metaphorically Speaking” over on McSweeney’s. We geeked out over this circuit-board skull by Graham Rudge from the Yukon School of Visual Arts. We saw what Nicki Minaj looked like in music videos before she turned into… Read More

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TV’s 10 Greatest Co-Star Reunions

Fellow TV geeks, we have a future of several possibly great former co-star reunions ahead of us. Namely, we can look forward to West Wing alums Rob Lowe and Bradley Whitford on Parks and Rec in March (although it’s yet to be confirmed the two will actually cross paths), David Schwimmer and Lisa Kudrow on Web Therapy this summer, and even John Goodman and Roseanne Barr on her forthcoming show Downwardly Mobile. And if you’re looking for just one reason to justify Are You There, Chelsea?, it’s the Laura Prepon/Wilmer Valderrama  hook-up expected later this month. So while you wait just a short while longer for the That ’70s Show Season 3 faux Fez-Donna date to become a reality, allow us to offer some healthy distraction as we reminisce about memorable co-star reunions in TV history. Exploitative ratings gimmick, genius, or both? We’ll let you be the judge, and as always, please share your personal favorites in the comments. … Read More

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Matchmaking for TV Teens: 8 Gay Couples We’d Like to See

Right now, Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson from Glee are arguably the sweetest, most talented young couple on television. Often celebrated as paving the way for gay teens on TV (don’t worry, we didn’t forget about you, Billy Douglas), the duo has defied the odds of Glee couple failure to prevail as one of its most functional long-term pairs. Indeed, other gay teen characters sometimes find similarly successful matches within their respective series, but we’ve never seen a pair never quite as Entertainment Weekly cover-worthy as Kurt and Blaine. So, we’re reprising our role as trans-series matchmaker with some LGBT high schoolers we’d like to see together. Check ’em out after the jump, and hit the comments to let us know of any other pairings you’d like to see. … Read More

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Dear Costume Department: ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’

Editor’s note: Welcome to Dear Costume Department, a bi-weekly feature brought to you by our fashion-minded friends from Of a Kind, a curated shopping site of limited-edition goods by emerging designers. With each installment, they’ll bring you a head-to-toe look inspired by a buzzed-about pop culture personality — complete with info on where to grab the pieces for your own closet. Enjoy!

Though the news that Harry Potter was coming back to Broadway — this time with his pants on! — for a show that won seven Tonys back in 1961 was big, somehow it’s just as thrilling that he’s been replaced by Darren Criss, the guy who keeps us tuning into Glee even though the show has most definitely jumped the shark. Hopefully with the impossibly charismatic actor comes a spiffed-up look — god knows dude can do flamboyant without losing an ounce of that slicked-hair appeal of his. … Read More

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