As I was perusing all of the news from the television Upfronts for soapy content, I happened upon quite the familiar name attached to a high profile project. Actress-turned-prolific soap opera writer Pamela K. Long is listed as the writer for Coat of Many Colors, the homespun movie NBC greenlit based on the childhood of country music queen Dolly Parton.
The two-hour flick, being touted as an "event" by NBC, "takes us inside the tight-knit Parton family as they struggle to overcome devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love, faith, and a raggedy patchwork coat that helped make Dolly who she is today. "
Long is no stranger to telling the tales of salt-of-the-Earth women. She played Ashley Linden Marshall on NBC's short-lived Another World spinoff Texas. After starring on one television soap opera, Long went on to write for several of them. She served as head writer for Search For Tomorrow, One Life to Live, Santa Barbara and most notably, Guiding Light, where she created the iconic characters of Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer), Harley Davidson Cooper (Beth Ehlers) and Alexandra Spaulding (the late Beverlee McKinsey).
After leaving daytime, Long put her sudsy skill-set to good use as writing supervisor for MTV's steamy anthology series Undressed. NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt produced 9 to 5: The Musical and became pals with Parton. Look for Coat of Many Colors to air next TV season.