Terry Morrow: 'SpongeBob SquarePants,' 'True Blood' fill up local stars' summer

Dale Dickey of Bearden joins the cast of 'True Blood,' when the series returns on June 10.

Dale Dickey of Bearden joins the cast of "True Blood," when the series returns on June 10.

The unofficial start of summer is Monday, but that doesn't mean your favorite East Tennessee stars are taking a vacation.

Here is what a few of them are up to:

JOHNNY KNOXVILLE

SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)

The "Jackass" star, originally from South Knoxville, recorded a cameo appearance for the hit animated series over the Christmas holidays. "I recorded a voice for SpongeBob over the holidays & it airs this summer. Psyched. What a cool dude, gnarly too. Wahoo," Knoxville, nee PJ Clapp, tweeted a few months ago.

In the episode, an animated Johnny will play Johnny Krill, who is the star of an extreme sports team The Drasticals. He tries to recruit SpongeBob and Patrick onto the team.

An exact air date has not yet been announced.

DALE DICKEY

True Blood (HBO)

The Bearden native will play werewolf Martha Bozeman when the supernatural action series resumes Sunday, June 10. She'll be out for revenge and targeting the person who murdered her werewolf son, Marcus. Dickey, a University of Tennessee graduate, is slated for a recurring role, appearing in more than half of the season's episodes. "I got the role because of my relationship with (series creator) Alan Ball," Dickey told me recently.

"The way Alan puts it, she's the country matriarch phase of this (werewolf) clan. ... She has a huge amount of respect from the other clans."

And, yes, Dickey gets to turn into a werewolf.

ALEXIS FOSTER

Duets (ABC)

The recent University of Tennessee graduate is paired with soul singer Robin Thicke in the musical competition. Along with the other superstars — Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles and John Legend — Foster and Thicke take the stage each week and perform in front of a live studio audience. In the end, only one pair will remain, and the winning partner will receive a recording contract with Hollywood Records.

Where: 8 p.m. Thursdays on WATE, Channel 6.

DOLLY PARTON

The Bachelorette (ABC)

Dolly Parton will make an appearance on the May 28 episode of "The Bachelorette." The singing superstar from Sevier County opened her theme park for a day in March to the reality series when bachelorette Emily Maynard wanted to take her one-on-one dates there.

"Being a part of 'The Bachelorette' at Dollywood and meeting Emily and her date was so fun," Parton said. "I'm just a big old romantic anyway, so we had the best time, and I can't wait to see how our Dollywood episode turns out."

Parton will sing a couple of songs to Maynard and her suitors and then offer advice on love and romance.

Where: 8 p.m. Monday, WATE, Channel 6.

RYAN MURPHY

Glee Project (Oxygen)

American Horror Story (FX)

Murphy, a former News Sentinel reporter turned Hollywood talent, will return to the "Project" to find one fresh talent from 14 contestants to be cast on the next season of "Glee." Meanwhile, "Story" will be back for season two, bringing back Jessica Lange in a new role from season one.

Where: 10 p.m. Tuesday, June 5 ("Glee Project"); No specific time has been assigned to "Story" yet.

CHRIS CROCKER

Me @ The Zoo (HBO)

The Bristol, Tenn., area resident is the focus of a documentary about bullying and his rise to fame from his “Leave Britney Alone” video a few years back.

Where: 9 p.m. Monday, June 25.

KENNY CHESNEY

CMT Awards (CMT)

Today (NBC)

The Luttrell native is up for two video awards: Video of the Year and Collaboration Video of the Year at the CMT ceremony. He'll perform at the show, too.

Also, kicking off his summer, he'll sing on the "Today" show in that morning program's summer concert series.

Where: 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 (CMT Awards) and ; 7-9 a.m. Wednesday, June 22 ("Today") .

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

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