Dolly Parton’s Next NBC Movies To Be Based on Her Songs ‘Jolene’ and ‘The Seeker’

2015 NBC Upfront
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UPDATED: NBC is already looking toward its next two Dolly Parton-inspired TV movies.

According to executive producer Sam Haskell, the network and Parton will next tackle Jolene, based on her 1973 hit. John Sacret Young (The West Wing) is writing the script.

Haskell also told TV Insider exclusively that he and Parton are also developing their third movie with NBC, based on her song The Seeker. John Tinker (Chicago Hope) and his wife, author Ronda Rich, are writing that movie.

Jolene and The Seeker are part of a deal with Parton that NBC announced in January. Under the pact, the network is airing slate of two-hour TV movies based on the songs, stories, and life of Dolly Parton.

First up is Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors, starring Alyvia Lind, Jennifer Nettles, Gerald McRaney and Ricky Schroder. The movie will air in December.

Jolene was a No. 1 song that has been covered by many artists over the years. The song, about a woman named Jolene whom the singer believes is trying to steal her man, is said to be inspired by a bank clerk who flirted with Parton’s husband Carl Dean soon after they were married.

Released in 1975, The Seeker is a spiritual song described as a conversation between Parton and God.

Haskell is executive producer on the movies through his Magnolia Hill Entertainment label, while Parton executive produces through DP Productions.