Does it still count as working “9 to 5” if the world doesn’t know about it? This week, the Independent reported that Dolly Parton was partially responsible for hit drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as she owns the company that executive produced the show, Sandollar Entertainment. Longtime fans were floored by the surprise Dolly-Buffy crossover, with one even tweeting that they’ll be “booking a trip to Dollywood to show some gratitude” after the coronavirus lockdown ends. As we all should.
According to the Independent, Parton and her business partner Sandy Gallin co-founded Sandollar Entertainment in 1986. The company produced a number of films throughout the ’80s and ’90s, including Father of the Bride the 1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie. While Buffy received mixed reviews from critics, Sandollar executive Gail Berman believed strongly in the property and pitched it as a television show, which proved far more successful. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer series ran from 1997 to 2003 on The WB/UPN and quickly became a cult classic, not to mention a critical darling.