NBC has signed a development deal with Dolly Parton. Under the pact, the network is planning a series of TV movies with Parton based on her “songs, stories and inspiring life.” The movies will be stand-alone. They will contain music but won’t be “musicals,” with Parton possibly appearing in them.
Parton is a singer, actress and a songwriter. Country songs often tell stories that coould land themselves to adaptations — for instance, Fox is developing a limited series based on the Carrie Underwood song Two Black Cadillacs. Like Underwood, who brought huge ratings for NBC’s Sound of Music live musical, Parton has a big, loyal fan base that NBC no doubt would like to tap into.
Parton will develop the projects with production partner Sam Haskell of Magnolia Hill Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television. “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,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment.
Greenblatt recently worked with Parton on the Broadway production of 9 To 5. (For the 9 to 5 movie, Parton earned an acting Golden Globe nomination and an Oscar songwriting nom.) “We want to create projects for NBC that are both fun and inspirational with a family audience in mind,” she said.