In an interview at Dollywood on March 15, Dolly Parton talks about the ‘9 to 5’ sequel.
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Dolly Parton’s presence on Netflix will get much bigger in 2019.
Parton’s eight-episode series “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings,” based on her songs, and a new Christmas musical titled “Christmas on the Square” are coming to the streaming service. She said “Heartstrings” will debut this fall and hopes to premiere it at Dollywood.
“Heartstrings” is a project Parton has wanted to do for a long time. The series will tell the stories and inspirations behind some of her songs.
“So I’ve been wanting to do this for years, to have some movies based on my songs I’ve written, so I’m really proud with how they’ve turned out,” Parton said. “We have some wonderful actors and actresses in it, and a chance to get a lot of my music in.”
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Parton will play a few roles in the episodes, too. She will provide voiceovers and introduce the episodes like she did with her NBC films “Coat of Many Colors” and “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.”
“And I do the voiceovers and … I present the shows in the same way that I did ‘Coat of Many Colors’ and … ‘Circle of Love’ a few years back, where I talk … about how I wrote the songs and what they mean to me, and then we go into the movies,” Parton said.
She also will portray the character of Babe, a bar owner, in the “Jolene” episode.
“And so I’m all over it. Hopefully, people are going to enjoy it ’cause they turned out real well, I think.”
‘Heartstrings’ episode list
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“Heartstrings” will showcase stories for eight of Parton’s songs. Here’s a list of episodes with cast members and plot summaries from Netflix.
“These Old Bones”: Stars Kathleen Turner, Ginnifer Goodwin and Kyle Bornheimer. Plot summary: A big-city lawyer comes home to Tennessee to convince a “witch” to sell her land to a mining company. She wrestles with her past and the future of the town.
“If I Had Wings”: Stars Gerald McRaney, Delta Burke, Ben Lawson, Michele Weaver, Brooke Elliott and Tim Reid. Plot summary: After receiving invitations to the 70th birthday party of their decades-long estranged father, three siblings converge on a Mississippi farm where they test the bonds of blood and issues of faith, all to confront the sins of their father.
“JJ Sneed”: Stars Colin O’Donoghue, Willa Fitzgerald, David Denman, Mac Davis and Vanessa Rubio. Plot summary: In the 1880s, a feisty young woman trapped in a mundane existence dreams of more, until a seductive outlaw pulls her into the adventure of a lifetime.
“Jolene”: Stars Julianne Hough, Dolly Parton, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Dallas Roberts. Plot summary: Based on Dolly Parton’s Grammy Award-winning classic, “Jolene” tells the story of an unexpected friendship between two very different women who find themselves part of the iconic love triangle, ultimately impacting each other’s lives in profound ways.
“Cracker Jack”: Stars Sarah Shahi, Rochelle Aytes, Jessica Collins and Tammy Lynn Michaels. Plot summary: Two stories — one past, one present — about the power of unconditional love between a girl and her dog, and that same girl, now grown, who questions what her life means and who she can truly count on when faced with her greatest fear.
“Sugar Hill”: Stars Patricia Wettig, Timothy Busfield, Virginia Gardner and Tom Brittney. Plot summary: A married couple in their twilight embark on a road trip back to the place where they first fell in love, along the way revisiting the history of their love story.
“Down From Dover”: Stars Holly Taylor, Shane McGhie, Robert Taylor, Bellamy Young, Camryn Manheim and Mary Lane Haskell. Plot summary: After being shunned by her pious widowed father, a pregnant teenager finds support at a home for unwed mothers, where she hopes for the safe return of the young man she loves from the Vietnam War.
“Two Doors Down”: Stars Melissa Leo, Ray McKinnon, Andy Mientus, Katie Stevens and Michael Willett. Plot summary: A family’s lifetime of secrets come bursting out during a chaotic and comedic New Year’s Eve wedding weekend. Will they make it to witness the “I do’s” without killing one another?
Dolly Parton talks ‘Christmas on the Square’
Parton’s holiday musical “Christmas on the Square” will include music she wrote. The story involves a small town battling against a large corporate entity.
“This is a story about a small town in the middle of the country, and it’s about them trying to sell the whole town to like a Walmart type, and so these little people that lived here all these years, it’s just them trying to fight to save their hometown and all that,” Parton said.
“And it’s got all this wonderful stuff built into it, and I’ve written all the music. It’s a musical … and a story as well, so there’s dialogue and a lot of music, so I’m excited about that.”
Work on the musical will get started this summer, according to Parton. She said hopefully it will be ready for this holiday season.
‘9 to 5’ sequel a ‘work in progress’
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Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda are working on the upcoming “9 to 5” sequel.
The film will feature Parton, Tomlin and Fonda reprising their roles from the 1980 comedy and passing along their wisdom to a new group of women who are facing the same types of problems, according to Parton.
Parton said the sequel is a “work in progress” and is undergoing its second script rewrite.
“Well, it’s actually pretty far down the road … they got the first rewrite, and we’ve made some changes … so now we’re into the second rewrite, so it’s just a matter of getting all of our characters right and making sure that it’s the right thing,” Parton said.
“And the studio, they have their notes. The producers have their notes. We have our notes as actresses, like ‘my character’s like this … oh we need to do this, do that.’ So it’s just a work in progress, but it’s progressing.”
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