During an event for her hit Netflix show, Grace and Frankie, Lily Tomlin casually let slip that Dolly Parton is working on her own “big show deal” with Netflix. Hold up, what?! At a recent “For Your Consideration” gathering, someone asked Tomlin and her co-star, Jane Fonda, if they’d ever reunite with their old friend (the ladies starred together in 1980 film, 9 to 5) by giving her a guest role on Grace and Frankie, which is obviously a fantastic idea. Sadly, Tomlin said this wasn’t likely to happen because Parton is too busy starring in her own Netflix project.
“We’d like to see Dolly and we keep hoping we’ll work out a schedule, but she’s just so busy,” Tomlin told the crowd, according to IndieWire. “She does so many things, and now she has a big show deal herself at Netflix, so I don’t know.”
Even Fonda was surprised. “She does?!” the icon reacted, incredulously.
Unfazed, Tomlin spilled the beans.
“It’s a show — Sam Haskell, her partner, they’re going to do a series about Dolly’s songs, like she did with Coat of Many Colors and all that stuff,” Tomlin said. She also confirmed that Parton would have a role in the series.
Parton’s Coat of Many Colors was a 2015 made-for-TV movie based on her life and upbringing. There was also a holiday sequel called Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love. The films starred country singers like Jennifer Nettles and Jake Owens, who performed songs written by Parton. The Christmas sequel even grabbed an Emmy nomination in the television movie category and both are well reviewed on Rotten Tomatoes.
We’re guessing whatever Netflix is cooking up might be a similar musical project, though Tomlin called it a “series” and not a movie like its NBC predecessors. Whatever the case, we’re pretty excited about this musical Parton-inspired mystery show.
We have a feeling Tomlin wasn’t supposed to share this info, because when IndieWire reached out to Netflix to confirm or deny the rumor, they gave “no comment.”
Despite her busy schedule, Parton has spoken candidly about her desire to pop by the set of Grace and Frankie.
“I told them whenever I get a little block of time, I’d love to come be on the show,” Parton revealed at the 2016 Television Critics Association summer press tour. “We always talked about a reunion.”
Speaking of reunions and revivals, there’s also a 9 to 5 reboot in the works with the three original stars set to make appearances. Rashida Jones is reportedly writing the script for the flick, which will follow three young women who turn to Tomlin, Parton, and Fonda for help navigating their modern workplaces.
Looks like our faves are going to reunite anyway!
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