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Sirius XM Radio announced that Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning television and film screenwriter, director and producer Ryan Murphyâ€”the creator of the groundbreaking television showsÂ GleeÂ andÂ American Horror Storyâ€”will be profiled and honored through the end of January as the featured subject of the next installment of Iconography, the exclusive series which profiles iconic and influential members and allies of the gay community on SiriusXM’s LGBT channel SiriusXM OutQ.
Murphy’s revealing and compellingÂ IconographyÂ interview offers a deeply personal look into his Irish Catholic upbringing inÂ Indiana, growing up gay in the early 1980s and how he handles success and disappointment.
He also speaks candidly about the early days ofÂ Glee:Â “The executives at [Fox] all loved it, except one who wanted it to crash and burn,” Murphy reveals, adding that when the show reached the end of filming its initial network order of 13 episodes, “…the cast and crew were literally in tears.
We thought that was it. We’ll never work together again. Ultimately, I remember it being an exciting and powerful time, because the thing that nobody ever thought would work, worked.”
Murphy also shares the humorous details of how his longtime partner,Â David Miller, proposed marriage: “We went to Central Park for a walk on my birthday,” Murphy recalls. “Suddenly, there he was on one knee, with the bench and the ring. It was very emotional. Later, we found out that some of the hardcore sex scenes in the movie CruisingÂ were shot in that area.
It was hilarious. But it was also very sweet and romantic.”Â SiriusXM will air up close and personal profiles of Murphy daily throughout the month, and he will become the honorary voice of the channel.Â Iconography:Â Ryan Murphy culminates with a one-hour in-depth interview conducted by OutQ hostÂ Frank DeCaroÂ premieringÂ January 21Â atÂ 10:00 am ETÂ on SiriusXM OutQ ch.108.
Encore presentations of the interview will airÂ January 21Â atÂ 4:00 pm ET,Â January 22Â at 12:00 andÂ 7:00 pm ET,Â January 28Â atÂ 10:00 amÂ andÂ 4:00 pm ETÂ andÂ January 29Â at 12:00 andÂ 7:00 pm ET. An exclusive “director’s cut”â€”featuring a Q&A with SiriusXM listeners and Murphyâ€”will air throughout the month as part ofÂ The Frank DeCaro Show, weekdays fromÂ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm ETÂ on OutQ.
PastÂ IconographyÂ series honorees include visionary fashion designer and filmmaker Tom Ford, Emmy Award-winning writer/producer/directorÂ Alan Ball, Emmy Award-winning actress/comedianÂ Jane Lynch, Grammy Award-winning singer and actressÂ Gloria EstefanÂ and legendary LGBT Activist Larry Kramer.