Millions of people tuned in to see Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors” TV movie last holiday season on NBC. The story of Dolly’s upbringing in East Tennessee brought on the tears for many viewers, including us.
Now, Dolly is continuing the story with a new TV movie, “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love,” and this movie amps up the emotional factor even more than the original.
When we told Dolly about crying all through the first movie, she said, “You’re gonna just die with this one. You better get a snot rag a mile long.”
In “Christmas of Many Colors,” Dolly appears in an acting role as the local “Painted Lady,” or “town trollop,” who Dolly patterned her over-the-top look after. While Dolly has some fun playing the role, the “Painted Lady” does end up helping the Parton family make it through some tough times in the movie. It just goes to show you can’t judge a book by its cover, or a lady by the amount of makeup she has on her face.
“She’s a generous heart,” Dolly says of her character. “It goes to show you that one should never judge. It’s really kind of about that. Even my Grandpa, the preacher, in [the movie], speaks something about that, being judgmental, because God loves us all. We’re all his children. So, just like how the bullying we deal with, it’s just about acceptance and love and forgiveness in this show.”
Jennifer Nettles and Rick Schroeder return in the leading roles as Dolly’s parents in “Christmas of Many Colors.” Dolly’s sister, Stella Parton, also makes an appearance as a judgmental local woman who goes head-to-head with Dolly’s character, the “Painted Lady.”
You can catch it all at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday, Nov. 30 on NBC.
Of note, a few items from the original “Coat of Many Colors” movie are now on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. Alyvia Alyn Lind, who plays young Dolly in the movies, recently visited the Hall of Fame to get a first-hand look at the exhibit.