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Dolly Parton to produce and star in Netflix series based on her songs

Tuesday, June 5th 2018 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Dolly Parton says she’s looking forward to bringing her songs to life as part of a new collaboration with Netflix.

The legendary singer is set to produce and star in a new anthology series, with each of the eight episodes based on a different Dolly Parton song.

The show will be produced by Warner Bros Television, which has worked with Parton in the past on made-for-TV movies and Christmas specials. Parton has also had success in recent years with her musical 9 to 5, based on the 1980 film of the same name.

We don’t know much about this latest venture yet, but dollyparton.com calls it a “season of television film series”, so make of that what you will.

"As a songwriter, I have always enjoyed telling stories through my music,” said Parton.

“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."

The collaboration with Parton is the latest announcement from Netflix to delight and surprise fans, while giving away precious little detail about the actual production.

'Creative voices'

Only a couple of weeks ago, the streaming service announced a multi-year deal with Barack and Michelle Obama that will see the former President and First Lady producing films, scripted series and documentaries.

Netflix confirmed that anything produced by the Obamas’ production company Higher Ground Productions would be available to all 125 million of its subscribers around the world.

President Obama said he hopes to “cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world”.

Mrs Obama added: “Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us, and to help us open our minds and hearts to others.

“Netflix’s unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership.”

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