Parton to make ‘Fixin’s’ on CBS

Dolly Parton will star in her first sitcom next fall thanks to a deal between CBS and Disney TV, the studio confirmed.

The project, “Dixie Fixin’s,” will feature the country singer-actress as the host of a Chicago cable TV cooking show and will be produced by her Sandollar Prods. in association with Disney’s Touchstone TV.

The show has a 13-episode commitment, with the prototype being written by Ellen Fogle (“Married … With Children”), who will exec produce, along with Sandollar partner Sandy Gallin,TV prez Stuart Sheslow and exec VP Gail Berman.

Parton first floated the idea of producing and starring in a comedy series in March 1992, when Sandollar — a partnership between Parton and producer-manager Gallin — was still affiliated with Twentieth TV.

That relationship eventually lapsed, however, and the company signed an exclusive three-year TV deal with Disney in July, saying at the time that finding the right half-hour series for Parton was “our primary, No. 1 focus.”

Since appearing in a short-lived ABC variety series in 1987, Parton has headlined the high-rated special “Dolly Parton … Christmas at Home” while producing the Fox Broadcasting Co. series “Babes” and NBC movie “Wild Texas Wind ,” both through Twentieth. Her feature roles include “Straight Talk,””Steel Magnolias,””The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and “9 to 5.”

In addition to the Parton project, Sandollar and Disney have inked a deal with NBC for a spring sitcom starring 11-year-old actress Gaby Hoffman (Daily Variety, Dec. 1).

CBS has scored big with Western-flavored programming, including its winning Saturday-night combo of “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” and “Walker, Texas Ranger.” Those shows exhibit strong appeal outside the major markets in rural areas — a skew that would also likely apply to the Parton show.

TV prez Stuart Sheslow and exec VP Gail Berman.

Parton first floated the idea of producing and starring in a comedy series in March 1992, when Sandollar — a partnership between Parton and producer-manager Gallin — was still affiliated with Twentieth TV.

That relationship eventually lapsed, however, and the company signed an exclusive three-year TV deal with Disney in July, saying at the time that finding the right half-hour series for Parton was “our primary, No. 1 focus.”

Since appearing in a short-lived ABC variety series in 1987, Parton has headlined the high-rated special “Dolly Parton … Christmas at Home” while producing the Fox Broadcasting Co. series “Babes” and NBC movie “Wild Texas Wind ,” both through Twentieth. Her feature roles include “Straight Talk,””Steel Magnolias,””The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and “9 to 5.”

In addition to the Parton project, Sandollar and Disney have inked a deal with NBC for a spring sitcom starring 11-year-old actress Gaby Hoffman (Daily Variety, Dec. 1).

CBS has scored big with Western-flavored programming, including its winning Saturday-night combo of “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” and “Walker, Texas Ranger.” Those shows exhibit strong appeal outside the major markets in rural areas — a skew that would also likely apply to the Parton show.

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