TCA Winter ’15: It’s “Hello, Dolly!” at NBC

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NBC is working 9 to 5 with a certain country star/actress right now. They’re developing multiple TV projects with Dolly Parton, including a few TV movies and, perhaps, a series.

As NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt revealed during a 2015 Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour panel alongside president Jennifer Salke on Friday, the plan is to produce several films that continue the legacy Parton developed with her music and movie career.

“To know Dolly is to love her, and I think these movies will be filled her genuine hopefulness and positive outlook,” Greenblatt said the session. “I think there aren’t enough of these family-oriented projects and this could fill that gap.”

Plot details for these Parton films are scarce at the moment, but as Greenblatt noted in a scrum following the executive session, they won’t necessarily be a franchise. “We’re going to develop several movies and we’ll see how they develop, but I think they will be self-contained,” he told the crowd of journalists.  I don’t think they’ll have the same story.”

Apparently Greenblatt spoke to Parton about doing a series and he thinks it’s possible that could also come out of this partnership, but the movies are a focus at the moment. She may star in the films, but “she could also produce,” depending on the direction of them.One thing is for sure, no matter how big of a part Parton has in this all, her voice will certainly be present. Greenblatt explained, “I don’t think that we’ll produce original TV movie musicals with her, but I think they’ll have a lot of her music.”

 

Emily is covering the 2015 Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour live from the Huntington Langham Hotel from January 9 – 18. Tune in every day for new pieces and follow her tweets at @Cinefilles and @emilygagne.

 

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