Dolly Parton and NBC Announce Team Up for Parton-Inspired TV Movie Series
With many people humming her famed country music since forever, Dolly Parton promises more to come along with her music and life, thanks to her upcoming two-hour TV movies, as was announced by NBC Entertainment.
On Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt announced during the 2015 Winter TCA Press Tour that he and Parton have signed a development deal regarding the production of a still-undetermined number of two-hour movies reportedly inspired by Parton’s music, life and stories. Though labelled not to be musicals, the movies will reportedly be constantly featuring Parton’s songs and that she may even appear in it at some point.
“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. I hope we will create some uplifting movies that the entire family can enjoy together, a genre of programming that still seems largely untapped on television,” Greenblatt said in a statement.
This wouldn’t be the first time that Parton and Greenblatt have teamed up together for a production. The two became friends as they worked together for the Broadway production of “9 to 5: The Musical.” The musical was based from Parton’s 1980 debut film “9 to 5,” wherein she wrote its theme song and made it into a song hit.
Parton also released a statement regarding the TV film series, saying how excited she is to be working alongside Greenblatt again, as well as with her former agent Sam Haskell of the Magnolia Hill Entertainment of Warner Bros. Television.
“We want to create projects for NBC that are both fun and inspirational with a family audience in mind,” Parton added.
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