Dolly Parton is officially coming to Netflix.
Dolly Parton just sealed a deal with Netflix for an eight-episode anthology series, with each installment based on one of Parton’s songs. In addition to producing and starring in the series, Parton will serve as the singer/songwriter. Parton also executive produces the Netflix series with Haskell.
The concept for the series comes from Parton’s Dixie Pixie Productions, Sam Haskell’s Magnolia Hill Entertainment in association with Warner Bros Television where Magnolia Hill has a contract.
The Netflix agreement is comparable to the arrangement NBC secured with the country star three years ago for a series of stand-alone TV movies based on her “songs, stories and inspiring life.”
That deal produced the made-for-TV movie Coat Of Many Colors, which was watched by almost 16 million viewers, and its sequel Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love. In 2015 and 2016, the films, also from Dixie Pixie Productions, Magnolia Hill Entertainment and WBTV, ran as NBC holiday specials.
“As a songwriter, I have always enjoyed telling stories through my music,” Parton told Deadline. “I am thrilled to be bringing some of my favorite songs to life with Netflix. We hope our show will inspire and entertain families and folks of all generations, and I want to thank the good folks at Netflix and Warner Bros. TV for their incredible support.”
News of Parton’s Netflix series leaked on Saturday during Netflix’s FYC panel for Grace & Frankie. When moderator Pete Hammond asked stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin if their former 9 to 5 co-lead Dolly Parton would guest star on Grace & Frankie, both said they would love it. Then, Tomlin inserted that Parton may be too busy with her upcoming project with Netflix. Tomlin elaborated on the slip saying that Parton’s show would be based on her songs and that she would star in it “when the script called for it”.