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Sirius XM Radio announced that Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning television and film screenwriter, director and producer Ryan Murphy—the creator of the groundbreaking television shows Glee and American Horror Story—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 compelling Iconography interview offers a deeply personal look into his Irish Catholic upbringing in Indiana, growing up gay in the early 1980s and how he handles success and disappointment.
He also speaks candidly about the early days of Glee: “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, 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 Cruising were shot in that area.
It was hilarious. But it was also very sweet and romantic.” SiriusXM will air up close and personal profiles of Murphy daily throughout the month, and he will become the honorary voice of the channel. Iconography: Ryan Murphy culminates with a one-hour in-depth interview conducted by OutQ host Frank DeCaro premiering January 21 at 10:00 am ET on SiriusXM OutQ ch.108.
Encore presentations of the interview will air January 21 at 4:00 pm ET, January 22 at 12:00 and 7:00 pm ET, January 28 at 10:00 am and 4:00 pm ET and January 29 at 12:00 and 7:00 pm ET. An exclusive “director’s cut”—featuring a Q&A with SiriusXM listeners and Murphy—will air throughout the month as part of The Frank DeCaro Show, weekdays from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm ET on OutQ.
Past Iconography series honorees include visionary fashion designer and filmmaker Tom Ford, Emmy Award-winning writer/producer/director Alan Ball, Emmy Award-winning actress/comedian Jane Lynch, Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Gloria Estefan and legendary LGBT Activist Larry Kramer.