TV tonight: ‘Ring of Fire’ tells the story of June Carter Cash

The enduring love story of June and Johnny Cash told in “Ring of Fire”

Photo: Facebook/ Johnny and June Carter Cash

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2013 —Although many films have touched on the love between June Carter and Johnny Cash, tonight Lifetime’s “Ring of Fire” tells the story from the perspective of June Carter Cash. Before dismissing the film just because it’s on Lifetime, keep in mind the story is based on son John Carter Cash’s narrative, “Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash.”

Since the recent film “Walk the Line” focused primarily on “The Man in Black,” the iconic love story told from June’s perspective is a welcome addition. Jewel takes on the unenviable task of following in the footsteps of Reese Witherspoon’s Oscar winning performance as June. But with a new hairdo, a great voice, and some dental enhancement she pulls it off, and then some.


Being a four-time Grammy Award-nominee and selling over 27 million albums certainly helps with Jewel’s efforts, but the parallels between her and Carter-Cash’s lives may be the real reason Jewel gives an Emmy worthy performance. Jewel’s humble beginnings, complete with a family outhouse, are not unlike Carter-Cash’s own childhood.

Not only does Jewel’s past reflect Carter-Cash’s, despite considerable fame and fortune, Jewel still walks the walk of a good old country gal. Married to rodeo legend Ty Murray, the couple lives a quiet life on a working ranch in the small town of Stephenville, TX. Considering this, getting in character to play June wasn’t that big a stretch for Jewel.

The impact the Carter family of southwest Virginia had on country music in its early days is legendary, but June Carter-Cash and her familiy’s lifelong quest to get Johnny Cash to “Walk the Line” may be their greatest gift of all.

Through a self destructive lifetime of substance abuse and bad boy behavior, June’s love for Johnny never wavered. The two were married for 35 years and died within four months of each other. If that isn’t true love, nothing is.

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Tune in tonight at 9 p.m. on Lifetime and enjoy one of the greatest love stories of our time.

Tonight’s viewing

All times are EDT:               

8 p.m.

ABC: The Bachelorette: (New) Desiree arrives at the mansion and meets her 25 suitors.

CBS: How I Met Your Mother: (Repeat) Robin has a problem pulling the trigger on breaking up with Nick, so Barney steps in to help out, while new parents Lily and Marshall look for a way to schedule some private time for themselves.

FOX: Raising Hope: (Repeat) For Natesville’s annual Thanksgiving Radish Harvest Festival, Jimmy enters a contest to sell candy bars, and if he wins Hope can ride on a Thanksgiving float. But when he comes up short, Virginia and Maw Maw conjure up an ominous family secret that might push him over the top.

NBC: The Voice: (Live) The remaining eight artists sing live, competing for your votes and a trip to the Top 6.

CW: Memorial Day: (Movie) Thirteen-year-old Kyle discovers his grandfather’s footlocker from World War II and asks him about his tour of duty. Years later, Kyle uses the wisdom gleaned from his grandfather while serving in Iraq.

8:30 p.m.

CBS: Rules of Engagement: (Repeat) Jeff and Audrey ask Russell to list the women he has slept with so they can avoid giving one of those names to their baby. Meanwhile, Adam is humiliated when he spends a lot of money on a new bicycle and gear.

FOX: The Goodwin Games: (New) Chloe tries to mend fences with April by inviting her to a party, while Jimmy quickly discovers Granby is too small a town to engage in criminal enterprise. Later, a disappointed Henry learns that Lucinda has a boyfriend.

9 p.m.

CBS: 2 Broke Girls: (Repeat) Max and Caroline ask Caroline’s rich but callous aunt for money to save their flailing cupcake shop.

FOX: New Girl: (Repeat) Jess’ search for a new job gets intense. Meanwhile, her time of the month affects the guys; Schmidt starts a relationship with his boss; and Nick acquires insight from a silent source.

Lifetime: Ring of Fire: (New) The life of June Carter Cash, from her childhood in Virginia to her marriage to Johnny Cash, is chronicled.

9:30 p.m.

CBS: Mike and Molly: (Repeat) When Molly suggests that she and Mike write their own wedding vows, he finds it hard to swallow, until Carl provides him with some food for thought and tells him to just pretend he’s describing his favorite meal—lasagna.

FOX: The Mindy Project: (Repeat) Mindy’s plans for a bunk bed for her goddaughter’s sleepover go awry after Morgan and Danny’s creation injures Gwen when it collapses. Meanwhile, Shauna and Betsy try to find out who’s stealing the office’s magazines, a search that yields some surprising discoveries.

ESPN: NBA Playoff: Game 4: Spurs at Grizzlies: San Antonio at Memphis in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

10 p.m.

ABC: A Special Edition of 20/20: (New) The role of Prince William and Kate’s new child, how he or she will be raised and what can be expected to happen once the baby is born.

CBS: Hawaii Five-0: (Repeat) Max believes that a serial killer who has ties to his past and is known as the Trashman is responsible for a recent murder. To convince Five-0 that his theory is correct, Max reveals some surprising information about his childhood.

NBC: Revolution: (New) When Rebels and Militia finally converge on The Tower, chaos ensues.

PBS: Independent Lens: (New) “Detropia” delves into the difficulties facing the Motor City, which include a declining population and disappearing jobs, through the eyes of Detroiters, including a bar owner, a blogger, a local union president, young artists and illegal “scrappers.”

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Love & Hip Hop Atlanta at 8 p.m. on VH1

River Monsters at 8 p.m. on Animal Planet

The Real Housewives of Orange County at 8 and 9 p.m. on BRAVO

The Glades at 9 p.m. on A & E

American Pickers at 9 p.m. on History Channel

Brain Games at 9 p.m. on NGC

Burger Land at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

Sins & Secrets at 9 p.m. on ID

Ring of Fire at 9 p.m. on LIFE

Cake Boss at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on TLC

Ice Cold Gold at 10 p.m. on Animal Planet

James May’s Man Lab at 10 p.m. on BBC

Diners, Dives and Drive-Ins at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

FBI: Criminal Pursuit at 10 p.m. on ID

Longmire at 10 p.m. on A & E

Newlyweds: The First Year at 10 p.m. on BRAVO

House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV

House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

The Green Berets on AMC

Change of Habit on ENC

Primary Colors on FLIX

Final Destination on FMC

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer on FX

Saving Private Ryan on HBO

Risky Business on IFC

Air Force on TCM

9 p.m.

Bring it On: All or Nothing on ABCFAM

Big Miracle on HBO

Horrible Bosses on MOMAX

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance on STARZ

Later tonight:

The Pianist at 9:30 p.m. on TMC

Lethal Weapon at 9:35 p.m. on ENC

Battleship at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX

50/50 at 10 p.m. on SHO

Command Decision at 10:15 p.m. on TCM

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