Terry Morrow: Johnny Cash focus of 6-part special

Note: Terry Morrow is reporting from the Television Critics Association meetings.

BEVERLY HILLS — Johnny Cash's life and career will be featured this fall in a six-part documentary.

"Johnny Cash: Song By Song" will weave the tales from Cash's life through the songs and stories of his past. It premieres Oct. 7 on Ovation.

Each installment will use an iconic Cash song as its theme. The songs include "I Walk The Line," "Ring of Fire," "Jackson," "A Boy Named Sue," "Sunday Morning Coming Down" and "Hurt."

Singers Grace Potter and Shooter Jennings will contribute their thoughts and memories.

Cash was Jennings' godfather. For Potter, Cash was a muse.

"He was this rebel that inspired me," Potter said. "I don't think he's any different (as an inspiration) for women than men."

Potter terms Cash's musical influence as being "asexual."

When Potter was in grade school, she had a picture of Cash making an obscene finger gesture on her notebook. Teachers would see it and reprimand her.

Potter's response to her teachers?

"But," she pleaded with them, "he's Johnny Cash!"

Potter said Cash inspired "the punk" spirit inside her.

She said she will contribute her observations of Cash's music in two of the six installments.

On the music front, Potter will be featured on Kenny Chesney's next single, "El Cerrito Place." The two won a huge chart hit and critical acclaim with their last collaboration, "You And Tequila."

Potter also wants to perform in Knoxville again soon. Her spokeswoman said Potter may try to squeeze in a Knoxville show in October if her schedule permits.

Country music

Documentarian Ken Burns is turning his lens toward an expansive look at country music for PBS.

His top choice for inclusion? Dolly Parton, he said.

"I've met her a couple of times, and she is so friendly and open," Burns said.

However, he'll have to wait a bit to get to Parton. He is slating the project for 2017.


"Dr. Who" star David Tennant is returning to television with BBC America's "The Spies of Warsaw," debuting in the fall.

Set in Poland, Paris and Berlin shortly before World War II, French and German intelligence operatives play a cat-and-mouse game.

Tennant plays Jean-Francois Mercier, a 1914 World War I hero drawn into schemes of abductions, betrayals and intrigue. He also involved in an affair with a Parisian lawyer for the League of Nations.

"None of the British spies seduces anybody," Tennant deadpanned of the project.

"It was only the French!"

Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or morrowt@knoxville.com.

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PeterD writes:

NEW documentary featuring JOHNNY CASH!
MY FATHER AND THE MAN IN BLACK gives us a glimpse into the untold story of the "bad boy", his manager, and a son searching for his father in the shadow of a legend.
Check out the trailer now! http://youtu.be/jtovAxxPo2Q

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