We’ve got some exciting news for Dolly Parton fans! Our Smoky Mountain hometown hero is getting her very own series on Netflix. In a recent press release, the Queen of Country announced that her production company is teaming up with Warner Bros. Television to create a collection of films for the streaming giant.
Each of Dolly’s Netflix movies will be based on one of her hit songs. In addition to providing inspiration with her music, Dolly will also appear in select episodes of the new anthology show. The first season of Dolly’s series will consist of eight movies and is expected to premiere on Netflix in 2019.
Dolly Parton: Master Storyteller
Dolly’s new partnership with Netflix is a natural fit because Parton has always been a master storyteller. For more than 50 years, Dolly’s songs have transfixed listeners with tales of love, heartbreak, faith, and family. In her official announcement, Dolly describes her vision for her new Netflix series:
“As a songwriter, I have always enjoyed telling stories through my music. 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.”
Netflix Takes a Page Out of NBC’s Book
Dolly’s movies for Netflix will likely be similar to the TV films she produced for NBC. In 2015, the network aired Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors, a made-for-television drama inspired by Dolly’s classic song of the same name. Starring Alyvia Alyn Lind as young Dolly Parton and Jennifer Nettles and Ricky Schroder as her parents, the movie was a smash hit, drawing more than 13 million viewers on its first run.
The film was so successful that NBC commissioned a sequel, Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love. Premiering in 2016, the movie reunited the cast from the first film to tell a heartwarming holiday tale based on a true story from Dolly’s childhood. Dolly herself had a cameo in the movie, playing a character she calls “the Painted Lady.” Christmas of Many Colors was also a big hit for NBC, attracting a first-run audience of 11 million viewers.
Both Coat of Many Colors and Christmas of Many Colors were produced by Warner Bros. Television, which will also be producing Dolly’s new series for Netflix.
Which Songs Will Be Made into Movies?
The question on every Dolly fan’s lips is, of course, which of Parton’s songs are going to be adapted into movies for the new series? Unfortunately, Netflix hasn’t released any episode titles yet, so the internet has been ablaze with speculation. A few possible songs that we’ve seen mentioned include:
- My Tennessee Mountain Home
- Heartbreak Express
- The Bargain Store
- Two Doors Down
Do you have a favorite Dolly Parton song that you think would make a great episode? Let us know in the comments below!
Dolly-Themed Fun in the Smoky Mountains
When you vacation in Pigeon Forge, TN, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for enjoying some Dolly-themed fun! Here are three awesome attractions that Dolly fans won’t want to miss during their getaway: