Coat of Many Colors based on the life and songs of Dolly Parton premiers December 10th, 2015 at 9/8c after Michael Buble’s Christmas in Hollywood *** 3 Stars
By Gabielle Pantera
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2015/12/10 – “It’s a true story of my life, a certain period of my life,” says Coat of Many Colors executive producer Dolly Parton. “But it’s special in the fact that it’s NBC. And [NBC chairman] Bob Greenblatt’s a friend of mine, so it was wonderful to get the chance to work with him too. I’ve enjoyed all the projects that I’ve done…..hopefully, we’ve got something special to show for the folks for the holiday season.”
This sliver of her childhood changes her life. Parton presents an introduction and narrates. Watching I’m reminded of Little House on the Prairie, but with a Southern twang set in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee in 1955. The story is more Christian-based than typical of NBC. The story is about family values and caring for each other.
“I’m older than show business,” says Parton. “So, I’ve been blessed and been proud to be around so long to get to do so many things. And to get to do something like this that is so personal and special to me, to get the chance to work with all these great and wonderful people. And, of course, Sam Haskell and I have known each other since he was my agent many, many years ago. We’re Southern folks, so it just seemed to be a precious thing when we got together. And all these pieces and all these people have just seemed to fall into a wonderful place, and we always kind of . I always ask God to lead us and direct us in anything that we do. And we really feel very blessed with this project.”
The movie is based on the song of the same title. “This is a very emotional song for me, period,” says Parton. “Sometimes, when I sing it on stage, when I’m in concert, like during the time my mom was sick and especially after my mama passed, it was really, really hard for me to sing this song without just kind of breaking down or just really having to self-contain it. But that little coat is just a symbol. And I think all those colors, when you look back on it now, my mother had told me the story about Joseph and the coat of many colors, just to make me proud, because she knew it was made of rags.”
“There were a lot of poor kids,” says Parton. “But this particular little coat, I really needed. I didn’t have on anything underneath it…no shirts, because that was all I had. It just symbolizes so many things…..and the fact that it was a story from the Bible, that makes it all the more special. So how do you know what’s going to happen in your life and how things happen? But it’s helped a lot more people besides me, and I’m just really happy for that.”
Coat of Many Colors is the story of Dolly (Alyvia Alyn Lind), one of eight kids. Momma (Jennifer Nettles) is pregnant again. The next baby born will be Dolly’s responsibility. Momma is a preacher’s daughter who was swept off her feet by Lee (Ricky Schroder) who won’t step foot in a church. The rest of the family including Grandpa (Gerald McRaney) go to church every Sunday. Daddy drives, but won’t come it. From outside the church he listens to his daughter Dolly sing. When the family is tested by adversity Dolly stops singing, and Lee asks his wife to help Dolly get her voice back.
Directed by Stephen Herek, and written by Pamela K. Long.