Terry Morrow: Ryan Murphy, 'Glee' stars sit down for 'Inside The Actor's Studio'

In this publicity image released by NBC, Ryan Murphy, a former Knoxville News Sentinel reporter intern,  accepts the award for Best Television Series in a Comedy or Musical for the show 'Glee' during the Golden Globe Awards, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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In this publicity image released by NBC, Ryan Murphy, a former Knoxville News Sentinel reporter intern, accepts the award for Best Television Series in a Comedy or Musical for the show "Glee" during the Golden Globe Awards, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Producer-writer Ryan Murphy — a former News Sentinel reporter — will be profiled on the prestigious "Inside The Actor's Studio" airing Monday.

The series (8 p.m. Monday, Bravo) will pay tribute to Murphy and key cast members from his hit "Glee," which Murphy co-created.

Host James Lipton is joined by cast members Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer, Cory Monteith and Murphy.

The installment will feature Colfer's never-before-seen audition tape, Michele's first big break on Broadway and Monteith's troubled past, Bravo says.

Also, behind-the-sceneS stories from the set of the hit series will be discussed.

Murphy, who lived in Knoxville while in college, recalls how he got through high school as he grew up in Indianapolis, Ind.

"I was a target, but I was popular and that's because on the sly, I was dating a lot of the football players," he is quoted as saying during the "Inside" interview.

This is season 18 for the interview series.

Hot debut?

Luttrell native Kenny Chesney's new single — "Feel Like A Rock Star," a duet with Tim McGraw — is poised to make Billboard magazine history or, at least, close to history making, today.

Grace Potter and Kenny Chesney arrivesat the 59th Annual BMI Country Awards in Nashville on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Grace Potter and Kenny Chesney arrivesat the 59th Annual BMI Country Awards in Nashville on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

The tune, which Chesney and McGraw premiered at the recent Academy of Country Music Awards, could bow at the top of Billboard's country music songs chart next week, a rare feat in Billboard history, according to an analysis from the magazine.

The report says Chesney has two of the five highest debuts in the chart's archives. "Don't Blink" opened at No. 16 the week of Sept. 8, 2007, and "The Boys of Fall" started at No. 17 the week of July 31, 2010.

Though "initial excitement" following the ACMs could wane about the song, Chesney's label still expects a "top five or top 10 debut" when the next chart is unveiled today.

And a few radio programmers are giving the song mixed to poor reviews, despite its popularity with the public.

The piece says a large-market radio gatekeeper, who spoke to Billboard on the condition of anonymity, called the duet "horrid, and very disappointing," adding that Chesney and McGraw's "vocals are average and the lyrics are dull. "I was sick of this song after the second listen. Very disappointing."

Booked

Songbird Dolly Parton will sit down with fashion guru Tim Gunn for an installment of ABC's daytime lifestyle program "The Revolution."

An air date for the segment has not been announced yet, but the show airs 2 p.m. weekdays on WATE, Channel 6.

She's also doing "The Revolution" to promote her DVD/ CD combo, "An Evening With Dolly," a concert set available at Cracker Barrel exclusively.

Terry Morrow may be reached at865-342-6445 or morrowt@knoxville.com.

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