Netflix has ordered an upcoming anthology series based on the popular songs by country music legend and philanthropist, Dolly Parton.
Dolly Parton Confirms New Netflix Series
According to the press release, the "Jolene" singer will executive produce the drama and might appear in select episodes. The first season will feature eight episodes, one song from the 72-year-old's extensive discography will serve as the basis of each episode.
As a songwriter, I have always enjoyed telling stories through my music," she said in a statement on her website. "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."
While details about her upcoming anthology series are scarce, NPR notes that the project's existence surfaced over the weekend. Grace and Frankie star Lily Tomlin, who previously worked with Parton on 9 to 5, divulged that the singer has been working on her own series on the leading streaming service.
"She does so many things, and now she has a big show deal herself at Netflix, so I don't know," said the Oscar-nominated actress told the audience during the recent "For Your Consideration" panels hosted by Netflix. "It's a show — Sam Haskell, her partner, they're going to do a series about Dolly's songs, like she did with 'Coat of Many Colors' and all that stuff."
Tomlin also said that she wants to see her former costar and friend on Grace and Frankie if Parton's schedule allows her to be a guest on the comedy series.
Grace and Frankie Season 5 is expected to drop on Netflix in 2019. No release date has been announced for the planned Dolly Parton anthology series as of this writing.
Dolly Parton On 'Dumplin'
Aside from her upcoming scripted series on Netflix, the country singer-songwriter is also working on the score of the movie Dumplin'. Parton, with songwriter/producer Linda Perry, has provided a female-centric, empowering OST to the 2018 comedy starring Jennifer Aniston.
The movie's soundtrack will feature six new versions of hit songs by Parton and six original songs written for the project. They also collaborated with other female artists such as Sia and Miley Cyrus to record the tracks.
"People ask, 'How do you work all the time?' Because I dreamed myself into a corner and I have to be responsible to those dreams," Parton stated during a panel at The Music Biz conference. "And I couldn't be happier, because every dream I have brings on a new dream, like a tree with deep roots and branches and a lotta leaves, and every time something happens it makes something else happens."
Dumplin will be released sometime this year.