Dolly Parton’s Netflix anthology series has officially gotten the green light and will kickoff with its first episode in 2019, titled “Jolene.” The eight-episode series, based on Dolly’s music, is called “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Julianne Hough (“Grease Live,” “Footloose”) will play the role of Jolene. The publication describes her as “a flirtatious free spirit who wants to escape her hometown of Coventry, Georgia, and become a singer-songwriter.” Additional cast members include Kimberly Williams-Paisley (“Nashville”) as Emily, a mother and wife starting a new chapter, and her husband Aaron played by Dallas Roberts (“Insatiable”) who is on the verge of a midlife crisis.
Each of the eight episodes will be based on a different song by Dolly and star a new cast. The country legend will introduce and produce each, and serve as an actress in some of the series’ storylines. In “Jolene,” Dolly will play the role of Babe, which THR describes as a “force of nature.” She serves as the owner of Baby Blue’s, a honky-tonk known for its “scantily clad servers and eclectic crowd.”
Each of the eight episodes will last one hour and will feature new and old music from Dolly. The series is set to follow a similar template as her previous TV movies, 2015’s “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” and 2016’s “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.”
Dolly is keeping busy this year as she recently revealed that she’s taking her “9 to 5” hit across the pond to London’s West End for the British musical, based on the classic film. Additionally, Jane Fonda recently revealed, during a press event for the Television Critics Association that plans are in the works to make a sequel to the classic movie.
“Right now, Dolly, Lily and I are all intending to be in it,” she said at the event.