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Singer John Michael Montgomery is on the road to recovery after sustaining injuries in a bus crash last week, according to an update from his son and fellow country artist Walker Montgomery. The younger Montgomery wrote that his dad was “doing well” and that the family was “lucky” in an update on Twitter. Country-themed Fox drama Monarch debuted on Sunday, and a report from Deadline now says that a total of 5.3 million viewers tuned in to watch the show’s first episode, either in real time or in the encore presentation. That’s the biggest fall debut of a new Fox scripted series in three years.

Garth Brooks is in the midst of a string of sold-out stadium shows at Dublin’s Croke Park to end his Stadium Tour, and as he takes the stage, he’s back in fighting shape. “I’m the same weight I was when I played here in ‘97, that’s what I want,” Garth told media outlets before the shows, according to the Irish Mirror, joking that the cameras capturing his performances will add all the weight back. “The film is going to come,” he continued. “I lost 50 lbs and the film is going to add that right back.” Garth explains that for years, his priorities were simply different: He was raising kids, and didn’t need to maintain a rigorous workout routine in order to play demanding stages. “For 16 years, I was a soccer dad,” he points out. “And it takes a while to get back to the artist feel,” Garth explains. “It has taken me eight years to get back to it.”