NBCUniversalEven though she’ll be 74 in January, Dolly Parton seems to be everywhere these days.
She sat down with Robin Roberts for the ABC special, Here She Comes Again!, co-hosted the CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood and Reba McEntire, rolled out the new eight-part Netflix series Heartstrings she executive-produced and stars in — and made countless TV appearances to promote all of the above.
Tonight, she grabs one more major TV moment, as the two-hour Dolly Parton: 50 Years at the Opryspecial premieres on NBC. Though it was recorded largely onstage at the Opry last month, Dolly’s work still wasn’t done.
“I’m gonna do a lot of things from the Ryman Auditorium…” she told reporters before her performance. “That’s where I became a member… so I’m gonna be doing a lot of acoustic things on my own over there, telling a lot of stories… memories that I have of some of the old ones and the new ones. So we’re gonna try to make it really special.”
You can tune in to NBC tonight at 9 p.m. ET to see Dolly along with Dierks Bentley, Emmylou Harris, Chris Janson, Lady Antebellum, and more.
But if you think Dolly’s slowing down — well, think again.
“I just did… a Christmas musical that’ll be on next Christmas,” she reveals. “I wrote all the songs… I’m acting in that as well.”
The “Hard Candy Christmas” hitmaker does hope to take a little breather after the holidays.
“I’m gonna probably, hopefully, try to take off a little bit of time right after the first of the year, before Dollywood opens up again,” she predicts. “Then I’ll be busy again. So I’ve dreamed myself into a corner as I say!”
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