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Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2013 7:15 am

On the same day more than 40 years ago, lightning struck twice for Dolly Parton. She wrote "I Will Always Love You" and "Jolene," two of her signature songs, on the same afternoon.

"It was a good day," she deadpanned once during an interview about it.

During the six-part series "Song By Song: Dolly Parton" (8 p.m. EDT Sunday, Ovation), classic Parton numbers are analyzed and dissected by the likes of Kristin Chenoweth, Brad Paisley, Miley Cyrus and Carrie Underwood -- and even Parton herself.

Parton has said her songs connect with audiences because of their sincerity. She has always written from a personal angle. "The first songs I wrote were gospel songs because it was what I felt and knew," she said in an interview.

Yet over the years, Parton, the best-selling female artist in country-music history, has composed more than 3,000 songs. Her many honors include eight Grammys.

When she wrote "I Will Always Love You," a massive hit for Whitney Houston and one of the best-selling songs of all time, she was letting out her emotions over parting ways with her mentor and duet partner, Porter Wagoner.

"I Will Always Love You" is in the spotlight for the premiere episode.

Others include "9 to 5"; "Coat of Many Colors"; "Jolene"; "Travelin' Thru"; and "It's All Wrong But It's All Right."

She continues to record and finds that success softens her too much sometimes. Now her songwriting is done in a self-imposed exile, where she can dig deep within herself.

"When you live like I have the last several years, you forget what it is like to be hungry," she said in an interview. "Well, you don't forget it. You just get accustomed to being in a safe comfort zone."

Other highlights for the week of March 10-16:

SUNDAY

-- "Army Wives" (9 p.m., Lifetime). The seventh season launches as the wives have to say goodbye to one of their own.

MONDAY

-- "The Bachelor" (8 p.m., ABC), Finally, Sean picks which lady he wants to be with.

TUESDAY

-- "Preachers' Daughters" (10 p.m., Lifetime). For this new reality series, cameras follow the antics of ministers' daughters when Dad isn't looking.

SATURDAY

-- "Tom, Dick & Harriet" (9 p.m., Hallmark Channel). In this family-friendly romantic comedy, an ad man (Steven Weber) employs a con man to save his career -- until the ad man falls for a co-worker and must choose between honesty and a lie.

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