Among the slate of projects NBC announced for the upcoming TV season on Monday was a surprise for fans of Dolly Parton: Her 1971 hit “Coat of Many Colors” will be the basis for a TV movie airing next season.
Parton actually walked out onstage at Monday’s press event and performed both “Colors” and “I Will Always Love You,” with NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt accompanying her on piano. According to Deadline, the “Coat of Many Colors” movie is just the first of Parton’s songs to be adapted, all in an effort to increase the amount of family content airing on the network.
Parton told PEOPLE in March that she looked forward to this relationship with NBC, and that she may act in some of the adaptations of her songs.
“I’m going to be doing a lot of stories from my life and songs that I’ve written, movies of the week and some specials,” she said. “So I’m looking forward to getting back into production and getting to act in some of the shows.”
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Parton’s song tells the story of a little girl whose mother sews her a coat made from fabric scraps. The girl loves the garment, but when she wears it to school, she’s surprised when students make fun of her for being poor.
In 2012, the song was added to the Library of Congress music registry.
• Reporting by STEVE HELLING