They’ll tell you that nobody cares any more about old school country music characters, yet everywhere you turn the plaudits and opportunities for the artists that remind us of the glory days of country continue to pour in. And here’s another instance.
On Friday (1-16), it was announced that Dolly Parton has signed a development deal with NBC to create a unique series of television movies for the network that will deal with various aspects of Dolly Parton’s life. This will not be a full-length television series, or a miniseries per se, but a collection of movies that feature Dolly’s true life story. Each installment, though tied through Dolly’s narrative, will be autonomous from each other, meaning not a common storyline. Parton may appear in some of the movies, and some she may not. However, she will be the producer of the project, and will be pairing up again with NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt who also worked with Dolly on the stage adaptation of the well-known movie 9 to 5 where Dolly’s acting career began in earnest.
The idea behind the project is to make a television option that the entire family can enjoy together—something lacking in not just the television world, but the music world too. Each movie will be two hours long in television time, and though music will certainly be involved, they shouldn’t be expecting musicals, or even musical movies as much as inspirational glimpses into Dolly Parton’s personal story.
“I don’t know anyone in the world who doesn’t love Dolly Parton, and the idea of developing television movies inspired by her incredible life and the stories she has sung about for decades is exciting to all of us at NBC,” Bob Greenblatt said in a statement. “We’re going to try and create uplifting movies the entire family can enjoy together.”
Along with being the most decorated and accomplished living female country star, Dolly’s entrepreneurial spirit has not let up one bit in the maturing of her career, owning and operating a theme park, and continuing to release music and tour internationally. Dolly’s a franchise all to herself, and she just keeps growing.
“I am so excited to be involved with my friend Bob Greenblatt, who produced the Broadway version of ‘9 to 5: The Musical’ with me, and my longtime friend and former agent Sam Haskell,” Parton said. “We want to create projects for NBC that are both fun and inspirational with a family audience in mind.”
No timeline has been announced just yet for the shooting or release of the movies.