Dolly Parton and NBC are stitching together a family-friendly holiday event with the TV-movie Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors, set to premiere on December 10th.
Speaking to reporters covering the summer edition of the Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles, Parton called her first film production with NBC, “exciting. . . because it’s very personal to me.”
“This little story just encompasses so many things,” Parton said. “It’s an attitude. It’s more than a song. It’s about so much that we’ve forgot so much of these days, just to bring families together.”
Based on her 1971 hit single of the same name, the fictionalized tale is based on a portion of the Country Music Hall of Fame member’s life, spanning a nine-month period in 1955 when Parton was eight years old. Jennifer Nettles stars as Parton’s mother, with Ricky Schroder cast as her father. Young actress Alyvia Lind portrays the singer as a child, and Gerald McRaney is in the role of young Dolly’s grandfather.
“It’s really almost like my life story, summed up,” Parton told a group of reporters. “People already know the other parts, but this little part shows really how and why all that happened.”
The singer and her production partner, Sam Haskell of Magnolia Hill Productions, intentionally chose “Coat of Many Colors” as the first in a multi-production TV movie deal Parton inked with NBC, which was first announced in January.
“Most of Dolly’s greatest hits have told stories,” Haskell explained. “‘Coat of Many Colors’ is her signature. It had to be the first one. . . For the holidays, what better gift than the song that is most identified with Dolly Parton and her life?”