Get your popcorn ready because Dolly Parton will be producing and starring in an upcoming Netflix series about her life! During a recent panel discussion for the popular Netflix series Grace & Frankie, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda — who co-starred with Dolly in the 1980 film 9 to 5 — seemed to accidentally reveal Dolly’s latest project.
When Deadline reporter Pete Hammond asked Lily, 78, and Jane, 80, if their friend would ever guest star on Grace & Frankie, Lily accidentally let it slip that Dolly, 72, probably wouldn’t have time because she is working on her own Netflix show. Lily went on to explain that the country singer is making a series of films about her life — based off her 2015 movie Coat of Many Colors and her iconic songs — and will appear in the series “when the script called for it.”
Deadline later confirmed that Netflix “has greenlighted an eight-episode Dolly Parton anthology series, with each episode based on a song by her.” Following the exciting news, Dolly made the following statement about the project: “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.”
Now that Lily, Jane, and Dolly are all working for Netflix, is a 9 to 5 sequel more likely to happen? It seems so! “Until just recently [with] all the equal work for equal pay and all the harassment in the workplace [backlash] — we decided that we are going to try to do another one,” Dolly recently told Entertainment Tonight. “We’re trying to get the script and all that. Everybody is very interested, and we’ve all agreed that we’d love to do it, if it’s right.”
She added, “They presented to me an idea the other day and I said, ‘Yes.’ This new idea [is] going to bring some new girls in… and they’re gonna find us, the old characters. We’ve all come up with a business of our own. So, they come to find us just to get some input.” We can’t wait to see the new movie, ladies!