Dolly Parton's eight-episode anthology series Dolly Parton's Heartstrings premieres on Netflix on Nov. 22 and now fans are getting a first look at the show. The trailer for the much-anticipated project is here and it features Parton herself introducing the series.
"Songs, they're just stories put to music," Parton says in the trailer. The songs that I've written -- they're just stories of my life. Every triumph, every struggle, every smile, every sorrow. It's the melody of my memories. It's the sound of my heartstrings."
Each episode of the series will be based on one of Parton's beloved songs and will feature the country legend.
"Jolene," stars Julianne Hough and Kimberly Williams-Paisley, "These Old Bones," stars Kathleen Turner. Additional episodes include "Cracker Jack," "Two Doors Down," "If I Had Wings," "JJ Sneed," "Down From Dover" and "Sugar Hill."
Parton herself will appear throughout the series. In the "Jolene" episode she plays Babe, the owner of a honky-tonk and mentor to Jolene.
Actors appearing in the series include Gerald McRaney (Longmire, Promised Land, This is Us), Delta Burke (Designing Women), Gennifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time), Ray McKinnon (Deadwood, Sons of Anarchy), Bellamy Young (Scandal), Ben Lawson (Covert Affairs), Patricia Wettig (thirtysomething), Holly Taylor, Robert Taylor, Timothy Busfield (thirtysomethibng, The West Wing), Tim Reid (WKRP in Cincinnati), Katie Stevens, Dallas Roberts, Jessica Collins, Willa Fitzgerald, Vanessa Rubio and Camryn Manheim (The Practice).
The series is produced by Parton's Sandollar Productions and Sam Haskell's Magnolia Hill Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television. Parton also serves as an executive producer for the series.
"I have hundreds, even thousands, of songs and a big portion of them are stories," Parton said during a press conference as quoted by People. "If we continue, we may do an 'I Will Always Love You' or we may do a 'Here You Come Again' [episode]. We'll see if this works well, and if people take to it. There's no end to the stories for me."
The series follows the songwriter and country music legend's successful Coat of Many Colors NBC movie series. Coat of Many Colors, starring Jennifer Nettles and Ricky Schroder, debuted on NBC in 2015. Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love premiered the following year.
Dolly Parton's America, a podcast series focusing on the singer's rise to fame and what her story says about America, debuted in October.
Heartstrings isn't Parton's first venture with Netflix. Dumplin', a Netflix original movie featuring original and reimagined Parton songs, debuted in 2018. The soundtrack features collaborations between Parton and Miranda Lambert, Mavis Staples, Macy Gray, Elle King, Alison Krauss and more.