Dolly Parton in the Movies? Yes, Please!

NBC Inks Deal for Movies Based on Icon’s Songs, Stories and Life

Dolly Parton is a country music gem. Whether it’s onstage or onscreen, the entertainment icon’s shimmering stiletto-stature and genius precedes her.

And while fans may be hankering for more from the superstar now that her latest tour is over, they’ll soon have their dose of Dolly via TV. NBC just announced their plans to make her life and songs into a collection of two-hour made-for-TV movies.

NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt (who also produced the Broadway version of 9 to 5: The Musical) made the announcement Friday (Jan. 16).

“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,” he said in a press release.

Mr. Greenblatt, it’s exciting to us all.

Parton also shared her eagerness to begin working on the upcoming pieces.

“We want to create projects for NBC that are both fun and inspirational with a family audience in mind,” she said.

Though the possibilities are limitless, here are a few suggestions:

“Backwoods Barbie”
We must start at the beginning of her humble beginnings growing up in the Great Smoky Mountains. There’s practically an entire song catalog that could be highlighted here. From “Coat of Many Colors” to one of my personal favorites, “My Tennessee Mountain Home,” to even her more recent “Backwoods Barbie.”


Dolly and Elvis Presley?
And did you know the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll loved her famous tune, “I Will Always Love You”? In fact, he wanted to record it — but only under the conditions that he would own half the publishing. Dolly couldn’t hand it over and stuck to her guns.

“Why’d You Come In Here Lookin’ Like That”
Though she didn’t write this one, I’d like to know who comes to mind when she sings this sassy number. We’ve all had our share of mysterious “cowgirl dreams” of bad boys, right ladies?

Designing Women and Dolly
Remember when an angelic Dolly appears to a very-pregnant Charlene right before she gives birth? Parton was quite the guest star on Designing Women’s special 1990 episode, “The First Day of the Last Decade of the Entire Twentieth Century: Part 1.” Let’s revisit.

Dolly Parton Slick Lawson

Guilty Pleasures
Or how about an in-depth look at this one? I hear it’s men and food.


Fashionable Flair
Also, can we please spotlight her custom-fit styles and coordinating stilettos?

Dolly Parton

“He’s Alive”
On a serious note, let’s reexamine her late ‘80s thought-provoking tune. Don’t tell me you can watch this and not have chills. Imagine the possibilities for a movie on this one.

Writer/producer/voice over talent for CMT.com