Executive producer of The Orville explains how Dolly Parton's season 3, episode 8 cameo happened. The Orville is a comedy sci-fi series created by and starring Seth MacFarlane in the role of Captain Mercer.
The episodic series is heavily influenced by the original Star Trek and The Next Generation. Parton, aside from being a country music legend, also plays herself in several movies and TV shows including Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous, The Simpsons, and Dolly Parton's Heartstrings.
Parton's influence on The Orville has been baked into the series since season 1, featuring several of her songs throughout the series.
Heveena (played by Rena Owen) is also a huge fan of Parton in the show, with her love for Parton running so deep that Captain Mercer even used the iconic song, «9 to 5,» as a way to convince Heveena to testify on behalf of a young Moclan girl named Topa.Read more on screenrant.com