‘Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors’ Airs December 10 at 8 PM On NBC.
One of Dolly Parton’s most beloved songs is “Coat Of Many Colors,” a tune that just happens to be about an incident in her life when she was a youngster growing up in the mountains of East Tennessee.
That song has been made into a made-for-television movie, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors,” which is scheduled to air on December 10 over NBC.
“My favorite song that I’ve ever written tells a true story from my childhood about a little coat that my mama made for me,” Parton says in a video introducing a clip for the feature. Parton’s mother initially sewed the jacket as a blanket for her unborn baby, but she reworked the piece for her youngest daughter after the baby died before it was born. The special was inspired by a series of events Parton endured when she was nine years.
The family-oriented, faith-based movie profiles the loss of Parton’s unborn sibling, the family struggles to keep it together while grieving, and the bullying the nine-year-old endured when other children criticized the quilted coated.
As one of the executive producers, Parton herself was very hands on in the making of the film – especially when it came to casting her family members.
Country singer Jennifer Nettles plays Parton's mom, Avie Lee Parton, and Ricky Schroder plays her dad, Robert Lee Parton.
Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” is the first in a series of television movies developed by Parton that are expected to be released through 2016.
“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” airs December 10 at 9 p.m. Eastern over NBC.